updates

07/08/2020 - 21:00

Huge thanks to Plazey Festival, gc De Platoo & gc De Zeyp for making this possible. And of course big up to the crowd for facing the heat and celebrating with us!

07/08/2020 - 20:00

Huge thanks to Plazey Festival, gc De Platoo & gc De Zeyp for making this possible. And of course big up to the crowd for facing the heat and celebrating with us!

07/08/2020 - 19:00

Huge thanks to Plazey Festival, gc De Platoo & gc De Zeyp for making this possible. And of course big up to the crowd for facing the heat and celebrating with us!

07/08/2020 - 18:00

Huge thanks to Plazey Festival, gc De Platoo & gc De Zeyp for making this possible. And of course big up to the crowd for facing the heat and celebrating with us!

07/08/2020 - 17:00

Huge thanks to Plazey Festival, gc De Platoo & gc De Zeyp for making this possible. And of course big up to the crowd for facing the heat and celebrating with us!”

03/08/2020 - 17:00
... corrupted and impure but with a directness and emotional value to say the least.

Thank you Georges Tonla Briquet and Jazzenzo Jazzmagazine for the beautiful review of our debut EP 3'Ain.

′′Accordionist Piet Maris has been the ambassador of Brussels for several decades. In a colourful and above all well-considered way he depicts life in the sultry Belgian (and European) capital with groups such as Jaune Toujours (his showpiece), Mec Yek, Far Fare and even the children's performance Ik en den Theo/Moi et le Théo. His latest outlet is trio 3'Ain which he forms with trumpeter Yamen Martini and double bass player Otto Kint.

For Piet Maris there is no life without Brussels. He has lived and worked there for twenty-five years. However, it is not an unconditional love bond between the two. He is well aware that the many advantages of a multicultural society also have some negative sides. With Jaune Toujours he incorporates all these facets in an explicit way in his lyrics. The music of this group and all other initiatives are a reflection of the various cultures present. For 3'Ain he shifted his field of action to Ostend, the current home of the Syrian trumpeter Yamen Martini.

Describing the debut disc '3'Ain' (the eighteenth letter of the Arabic alphabet) as crossover would be an easy solution without putting everything into context. For the five compositions, the trio borrowed style elements and motifs from both Western and Eastern circles. A subtle cocktail of merges, as jazz can be. With accordion, trumpet and double bass they tentatively test a (limited) number of possibilities. Swing is missing, improvisation and blues on the other hand partly determine the main colour but following to the Maris method. And that means corrupted and impure but with a directness and emotional value to say the least.

Remarkable are the moments of intriguing stillness as in 'BZ-189' with accompanying clip. Also with the tristesse and melancholy of the other songs you get a feeling of desolation and powerlessness, remembering the background stories of Yamen Martini. Fortunately there is also some room for optimism and positive philosophizing, albeit to a limited extent.

Almost every note evokes an image in itself. All very stylized like the soundtracks of the Greek Eleni Karaindrou for the films of Theo Angelopoulos. Music without excessive decibels or hip electronic effects but with a sincere gut feeling. Take a look at the website of Choux de Bruxelles, the collective around Piet Maris."

Read the full text (in Dutch) here

 

20/07/2020 - 10:30
This makes for a very interesting first EP, definitely worth checking out live

Nicolas Van Belle wrote a very nice 3'Ain review for Luminous Dash Musiczine.
Check out his review (in Dutch) on their website.

15/07/2020 - 16:45

3'Ain newsflash at Musiczine.net.
Check it out here!

15/07/2020 - 15:45

Big thanks to Concert Monkey for featuring the new 3'Ain EP!
Check out concertmonkey.be to read their feature. 

08/07/2020 - 20:00

3'Ain Balcony Concert at gc De Markten, Brussels. Due to the rain, the event took place inside - with open doors and windows for Covid 19 safety. Big thanks to photographer Jochem Oomen for the beautiful pictures!