Tadpole Evolution

Rebekka Van Bockstal assembles eight musicians with different musical backgrounds. Because of the big instrumentation, Tadpole Evolution has a wide range of colors that is carefully selected and orchestrated. The central theme of their compositions is based on growth, an element which they use to experiment with musical latitude, timbre and dynamics. In February 2017 the band recorded an EP, one of the songs can be listened online, the full EP is physically available.

Rebekka Van Bockstal (BE) - guitar & compositions

Nabou Claerhout (BE) - trombone

Abel Jednak (FR) - alto saxophone

Claire Parsons (LUX) - voice

Flavio Spampinato (IT) - voice

Willem Suilen (NL) - piano

Olivier Penu (BE) - drums

Federico Stocchi (IT) - double bass

© the foghouse



“Azbeul” is a sextet founded on the initiative of French saxophonist Abel Jednak, which mixes groove, funk, hip-hop and even post 70s jazz. Azbeul’s music is mainly focused on the leader’s compositions, assigning each instrumentalist their own place while simultaneously showcasing their talent, be it through their arrangements or through their virtuous improvisations. 


Abel Jednak (FR) - saxophone

Romain Garcera (FR) - vibraphone

Nabou Claerhout (BE) - trombone

Matthieu Vandenabeele (FR) - piano

Federico Pecoraro (IT) - bass

Olivier Penu (BE) - drums

Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest 2015/2016

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra is an orchestra that is reformed every two years. Together with the new musicians there is also every two year a new conductor. NYJO IV is led by artistic director, conductor, arranger and composer Martin Fondse. In 2016 they performed at places as Bimhuis, LantarenVenster and Amersfoort Jazz, worked together with the strings of the Metropole Orchestra and they did the muziekzomer with NJO and Steffen Schorn. This latter project was recorded for a live CD. In 2017 the NYJO played at the North Sea Jazz festival and again there was a collaboration with the NJO, this time conducted by Jules Buckley. This fusion of orchestras was called 'Jong Metropole' and it played at places as Grachtenfestival and Radio Kootwijk. At 19 September 2017 the NYJO IV won the award 'Zilveren Notenkraker': a recognition and an incentive prize for upcoming talent.