On January 30. 2017, the Royal Library of Belgium and the Royal Belgian Mint pay tribute to the late Belgian jazz musician Toots Thielemans.
For this exquisite event at "De Munt" in Brussels, Dirk has rearranged a.o. "Bluesette" for harmonica and Rhodes piano to be played with Belgian jazz harmonica player Ben Vanderweyden during the tribute. Moreover, Toots Thielemans will be honored with the release of a silver 20 Euro coin.
From September till December 2017, Dirk and his jazz trio featuring Ron van Stratum (drums) and Henk de Laat (acoustic bass) will accompany Dutch singer Liesbeth List, and Belgian singers/actors Jelle Cleymans and Bert Verbeke on a tour in honor of Dutch legend RAMSES SHAFFY. Moreover, especially for this theater tour, Dirk will arrange Ramses’s music in a very personal way.
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The new album by the Enrique Tarde Group called BRAGASINGA is out now!
BRAGASINGA is a colorful blend of Brazilian, jazz, funk, and world music.
Recording artists on BRAGASINGA are Ron van Stratum on drums and percussion, Henk de Laat on vocals and bass,
Frank Peeters on acoustic and electric guitars, Peter Hermesdorf on tenor and soprano saxophones, and Dirk on piano and keyboards.
Artists in residence at the Courtrai Track Music Center, De Laat & Schreurs’s new acoustic jazz album "I Found You Found Me" is out now.
The CD contains colorful originals and fresh makeovers of songs and standards, all in themselves artistic reflections of the joy of improvisation and interaction.
SABAM Jazz Composition Award 2013
The SABAM for Culture association selected Dirk’s "Rays of Enchantment” to be the award winning composition at the 2013 Hoeilaart International Jazz Contest. This composition was played and recorded by a range of international jazz contestants during the Jazz Hoeilaart finale in Belgium on September 26-27-28 2013.
De Laat & Schreurs – Workshops, Artists in Residence & The New Enrique Tarde Group
In 2014 Dirk is back in for more creative jazzworkshops and two pristine projects with Dutch bass virtuoso and vocalist Henk de Laat. Their music, especially arranged for piano, double bass and voice, has highly colorful characteristics second to none.
A versatile and creative studio musician, Dirk's engagement for the VRT broadcast corporation can be enjoyed a.o. in the acoustic soundtrack to this FLIKKEN detective series trailer.
"Minds of Glass" was shown at the 2010 C-Mine Jazz Festival in Genk, Belgium. In 2009 the video art installation had already been presented at the 2009 International Independent Film and Video Festivals in Los Angeles (July 30 till Aug 6.) and New York (October 22 till 29), and at the Centro Culturel Borges in Buenos Aires (November)
Thanks to the Argentinian artist Marta G. Bressi who's generously offered Dirk her extraordinary talent to generate beautiful video images to all eleven compositions from his album "Minds of Glass", they have been able to create brand-new works together. This collaboration, which was born as two separate entities, came to fruition when Dirk discovered in Marta's art a reflection of his own visualisations when composing the music. It was a pleasant surprise for Dirk to experience how his music and Marta's digital video artwork pulse together in an energetic yet truly organic way.
Dirk recorded a unique sounding new album with Dutch jazz bassist and singer Henk de Laat. Their repertoire consists of originals and standards arranged in a contemporary way for bass and acoustic piano. Moreover, Henk and Dirk have developed workshops (in Dutch or English) about various creative aspects involved in the art of improvisation and interaction. Target groups are music academy students who study pop, jazz or classical music, and companies planning management and personnel training sessions. More info at www.delaatenschreurs.webs.com
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Photography: Ronny Vanthienen - copyright 2009
References: Music academies of Kalmthout, Sint-Truiden, Genk, Maasmechelen, Schoten, Aarschot, Beringen, Diksmuide, Brussels, Bruges, and Ostend.
SCORA has released their new CD "Imagine Mars", the new soundtrack to the 1924 Russian avantgarde movie Aelita.The music is an original blend of jazz, haunting ballroom music, and rock topped off with a touch of modernism. More info at www.scoramusic.webs.com