Charles LOOS

Piano - compositions 

Charles LOOS was born in Brussels in 1951.

After formal training, he left, in 1972, to study jazz composition and orchestration at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

Back in Europe, he accompanied numerous soloists : Toots THIELEMANS, Chet BAKER, Philip CATHERINE, Johnny GRIFFIN, MAURANE etc... He also took part in more experimental groups such as "ABRAXIS" and "JULVERNE"

He founded and recorded two albums with the LOOS-LAZAREVITCH International Quintet (with Serge LAZAREVITCH, Riccardo DEL FRA, John RUOCCO).

He usually plays his own compositions, inspired by serious music and folklore as well as jazz of yesterday and today. These various styles have taken him around the world.

In December 1966, together with bassist Philippe AERTS and drummer Félix SIMTAINE, he joined an official delegation to China, where during one week they played in Shanghai, representing Belgian jazz.

Teaching and writing for theatre ("Les poètes du jazz", "Antigone", "Salut Lenny") and ballet ("No Wall No War", California 1991, available on the B. Sharp label) fill his time.

He received the "Sax Prize" for the best concert of the year 1988

The "Prize for the Jazz Rallye's most creative concert" in 1990.

DJANGO D'OR in 1997.

Charles Loos compositions have in common a certain spacious simplicity and purity.

His solo recordings include:


"Tout Seul"

Duos include:

"Comptines" with Steve HOUBEN

"Summer Winds" with Jean-Pierre CATOUL (released Sept. '97)

"Sad Hopes" with Jean-Pierre CATOUL (released Jan. 2001)

"O Sonho e o Sorriso" (released Sept. 2001)

Trios include:

"HLM" with Steve HOUBEN and MAURANE (IGLOO - IGL043),

"Vagabondages" with Steve HOUBEN and Ali RYERSON (IGLOO - IGL093).

"En Public, au Travers" with Philippe AERTS (b) Félix SIMTAINE (drs) (Igloo Igl 062)

"Lust for Jazz" with Bas COOYMANS and Dré PALLEMAERTS, Lyrae (LY 9704009) (June '97)

"Secret Laughs" with Ricardo DEL FRA and Félix SIMTAINE (B.Sharp cds 096)

Quartets include:

"Unknown Mallow" with André DONNI (Philippe AERTS - b, Rick HOLLANDER - d) (IGLOO IGL126), '96

"Chou'our Moutabadila" with André DONNI and the AISSAWAS of Rabat (Igloo IGL 135) (1997).

"The Sweet Substitutes"

"Parfum Latin"

"Just One of Those Things" with André DONNI (Dec. 2002)

"Un Ange Passe" HLM with MAURANE, Steve HOUBEN (2005)