Fred Hersch, Brad Mehldau
Belgium born pianist and composer Bas Bulteel studied at the conservatories of The Hague and Utrecht (NL), and took master classes with Barry Harris and Fred Hersch, among others, to develop further as a jazz pianist. His virtuoso piano playing has brought him to numerous stages throughout Europe alongside such artists and formations as the Jean Warland Trio, Paquito D’ Riviera, Richard Rousselet, Ronny Verbiest, Phil Abraham, Toots Thielemans, Deborah Brown, Judy Niemack, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Archie Shepp, Ronald Douglas, Johnny Griffin, Philip Catherine, etc.
When Bas made the decision in 2014 to concentrate on his own projects, he promptly won the Klara (Belgian national radio station focusing on jazz an classical music) award for best jazz album with his debut 'Coming Home' (W.E.R.F. Records).
Always busy and broadening his horizons, today he raises these brainchildren:
BASS BULTEEL SOLO
Piano solo: After a successful career as bandleader of his own trio and the adventurous energy bomb Wasdaman, the corona period forced Bas to fold back on himself. This led him to a repertoire in which lyricism, touch and intimacy form the building blocks of his newest artistic challenge: music that sprouts from a silence and seeks its way to the surface in an unforced, charming and well-mannered way. For the artwork and general imaging of the project, he collaborates with artist Jan Frederik Deckock. The creation of the pieces will take place in his working space, where Bas Bulteel will be inspired for the compositions during one week by both the existing and the to-be-created works of art of Jan Frederik.
Piano Impro Lab (P.I.L.) is Bas' personal laboratory in which he creates solo piano improvisations on the spot: "I start from a blank canvas and let myself be inspired by the flow and mood of the moment, searching for inner peace by experimenting. No boundaries, zen, minimalist, mystery, colours, the element of surprise for the audiance as well as myself, ... I see it as a form of meditation.
BAS BULTEEL TRIO
In 2014 Bas decided to focus on jazz, and he gathered his personal dream team with drummer Bruno Castellucci and bassist Bart de Nolf to form Bas Bulteel Trio. For this trio, he wrote twelve compositions, collected on the first album 'Coming Home', which was released in 2013 on the W.E.R.F. label. During the 'Klara in de Singel' event in 2014, 'Coming home' was honoured as the best jazz album of the year by national radio station Klara.