Jef Neve "Spirit Control" in Concert

Saturday, 14 October, 8:00PM
$34 Tickets, Doorsales

JEF NEVE PRESENTS HIS NEW ALBUM with NZ rhythm section Cam McArthur, Ron Samsom and The Black String Quartet

Renowned Belgian pianist Jeff Neve returns to New Zealand touring his new CD Spirit Control which reached the top 10 of the Belgian charts in the first week of its release. Not someone who thinks in boxes, this exquisite project fuses a jazz rhythm section and string quartet, overlaid with the beauty and intensity of Neve's playing.

Neve's open-minded approach to life and music has resulted in exciting collaborations from Toots Thielemans to Jonathan Jeremiah, from José James to Jamie Cullum. From the Dutch rapper Typhoon to Gabriel Rios and Kobe Proesmans, and a remarkable duet with American pop musician Sam Sparro featured on "Caterpillar".

Spirit Control builds on this success in a remarkable way: The tempo is high, the piano is pushing the flow, drums and electronics create a rumble in the belly of the music, while the strings take care of the drama. This results in vivacious melodies and songs,

 "Heart-breakingly lyrical melodies, tasteful arrangements, sometimes groovy, even towards dance and house in the rhythm only by the string players: This pearl has it all" - Jazzism (NL, 5/5)


The Jef Neve Trio performed the album Soul In A Picture at major festivals like Paris Jazz, North Sea jazz, Vienna Jazz, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz,  Veneto Jazz, London Jazz Festival, Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival, Münster 'Jazz Inbetween', Lille Festival, Audi Jazz, Blue Note Gent, Madrid, Barcelona, Toulouse, Mexico, Berlin, Athens, Middelheim, Rabat, etc.

In 2008, the Trio obtained great acclaim at Bremen JazzAhead, in Spain and during their first perfomrances in Japan, where they have since recorded a track with trumpet player TOKU for the Japanese release of their CD.

Since then the Trio is performing just about everywhere, from tours throughout Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico to concerts in beautiful venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in most European countries:Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the UK, Poland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic.

The outstanding musicianship combined with fine-tuned interactivity and visible joy while playing is very communicative and makes an event of each concert.  After the Trio’s concert at Bremen Jazz Ahead wrote : « But it was Jef Neve from Belgium who took Jazzahead ! by storm. It earned the loudest ovation of the whole event as everyone sensed the arrival of a major talent. »