Here’s the complete Criss Cross Europe Band!

HERE THEY ARE! All our musicians have safely arrived in Tallinn and started working together. On Friday, they will share the results during the première at Kumu in Tallinn.

The Criss Cross Europe Band for 2021, from L to R: Michel Meis (d), Aleksander Paal (sax), Nabou Claerhout (tb), Chris Guilfoyle (g), David Bowden (b), Jim Black (coach, d) & Sanne Rambags (v)!

First series of concerts:

* 15.10 Kumu – Tallinn (EST)
* 20.10 Opderschmelz – Dudelange (LUX)
* 21.10 TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht (NL)
* 22.10 Lantarenvenster – Rotterdam (NL)
* 23.10 Paradox – Tilburg (NL)

Photo: Rene Jakobson

And finally, on trombone: Nabou Claerhout

Nabou Claerhout (°1993, Antwerp)  is one of the most promising and innovative jazz trombonists of the Benelux. From an early age onwards, Nabou got the chance to play together with internationally renowned artists like Bert Joris, John Ruocco, Dave Holland and Dave Douglas. Her quartet N∆BOU and the band’s debut ep ‘Hubert’ (2019) made her one of the pillars of the new jazz generation in Belgium, both as a soloist, bandleader and composer. 2021 seems to become an exceptional year: she was picked as one of the ‘Twintigers’ (musicians below 30 to watch) by Klara (national radio). Besides that, she was also engaged to compose for a LOD (music theatre) production, became a member of MetX production : Les Sheikhs Shikhats & B’net Chaabi, was awarded the ‘Young Jazz Talent Award’ at the Ghent Jazz Festival (for a trombone ensemble to be presented in 2022) and will become an artist in residence at Antwerp venue Rataplan, where she can curate five nights.
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On drums, here’s Michel Meis


Drummer Michel Meis belongs to the new generation of Luxembourgish jazz musicians. He studied jazz drums with Oliver Strauch and Georg Ruby at the Hochschule für Musik Saar (Saarbrücken, Germany) and regularly proves his versatility and openness through numerous projects. Besides his own jazz project, the Michel Meis 4tet, he played for a long time with Dock in Absolute (pop/jazz) and currently plays with Everwaiting Serenade (melodic hardcore), Kleinkram (jazz), the Gilles Grethen Quartet (jazz) and the duo Blankx with pianist Manuel Krass (free jazz/electro). Meis played live in clubs and at festivals in Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Ukraine, Romania, China and Japan.
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On guitar, meet Chris Guilfoyle

Chris Guilfoyle is an Irish guitarist, composer, bandleader, and educator currently based in Dublin. Since 2011, Chris has been a member of faculty on Newpark Music Centre’s BA in Jazz Performance program, and has since become a Jazz Lecturer at Dublin City University. He is a founding member of the Dublin Jazz Co-op, a collective of Irish jazz musicians putting on weekly gigs in the Workman’s Club, Dublin. Chris leads his own group Umbra, a critically acclaimed quintet featuring some of the most promising musicians in Ireland. In his career, Chris has played with some of the biggest names in jazz including Dave Liebman, David Binney and Tom Rainey, and also performs with Ronan Guilfoyle, Conor Guilfoyle, Sean Carpio and Michael Buckley, some of the most highly regarded musicians on the Irish jazz scene.
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