Jazz guitarist Pierre Van Dormael dies at 56

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Brussels jazz guitarist Pierre Van Dormael died of cancer on Wednesday at the age of 56.

4 September 2008

BRUSSELS -- Brussels jazz guitarist Pierre Van Dormael dies on Wednesday after a long bout of cancer. He was 56.

A talented musician, Pierre Van Dormael was considered to a pioneer in various musical forms and experiments. He was also an influential figure for a whole generation of musicians.

In 1988, he was in the James Baldwin Project, which included vocalists David Linx and Deborah Brown, trombone player Slide Hampton, pianist Diederik Wissels, and tuba player Bob Stewart.

Pierre Van Dormael was also co-founder of the original L'ame des Poetes with saxophonist Pierre Vaiana and bassist Jean-Louis Rassinfosse. They recorded the CDs
L’ame Des Poetes and L’ete Indien.

He also formed the group Aka Moon together with saxophonist Fabrizio Cassol and electric bassist Michel Hatzigeorgiou and drummer Stéphane Galland.

Van Dormael also made soundtracks for the movies directed by his filmmaker brother Jaco Van Dormael.

Pierre Van Dormael's soundtracks include the successful films Toto le Héros and Le huitième jour. Both films received international recognition and acclaim.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Shalini posted:

    on 4th September 2008, 19:11:13 - Reply

    My husband Indian guitarist Prasanna and I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Pierre. He was a warm hearted and lovely person. His memory and his music will carry on.