Raekrm is the mainproject of award-winning vocalist/composer Lori van Gremberghe and consists of 4 young promising musicians of the Belgian scene. Their music combines soundscapes, poetry, songwriting, and more contemporary jazz structures all together with the main focus on the improvised aspect, that ties it all together into an organic musical landscape.
“De grote sterkte van de groep ligt in het samenspel, in het samen improviseren en de zoektocht naar een muzikaal landschap” – Damusic 2017
The first time they came together was fall 2014. At the time they focussed mainly on compositions by Richie Beirach, Keith Jarret, Kenny Wheeler, i.a. Shortly after that, Lori moved abroad to further her studies and due to the long distance, their activity was limited. As more of their own compositions became a part of the repertoire over time, the general band sound evolved and from the moment they made their first recordings in January 2017, the band was named Raekrm. After a succesfull crowdfunding campaign in spring 2017, they are about to produce their debut-album.
“Van Gremberghe has the ability to put a vast knowledge of harmony and melody into an organic, natural approach to vocal storytelling.” – Downbeat Magazine 2016.
Lori van Gremberghe was born in Sint-Niklaas, Flandres. From an early age she was intrigued by music while learning piano and solfege at the local Music Academy. She studied at Jazz at Conservatory of Gent (BE), Luca School of Arts in Leuven (BE), and University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) alternating jazzpiano and jazzvocals. Her main teachers have been Christian Mendoza, Lynn Cassiers, and Dena DeRose. She participated in many international workshops having the chance to be inspired by artists like Jozef Dumoulin, Sheila Jordan, Michael Abene, Jay Clayton, Norma Winstone, and others.
Over the years, Lori has performed and recorded in Austria, Latvia, Italy, The Netherlands, and her home country Belgium, with many groups of different formations. Recently Lori was awarded the US DownBeat SMA award for Best Vocal Jazz Soloist of 2016.
more info on lorivangremberghe.com
Thomas Decock was born in Oostende, where he got his first music lessons at age 13 at the local music academy. After a few years of playing classical guitar he made the switch to electric guitar. After he came in contact with jazz, he continued his studies in secundary school in de Kunsthumaniora Antwerpen, where he was taught by Guy Vaerendonck and Bart Defoort. After graduating from secundary school he enrolled at the Lemmensinstitute, where he was taught by Frank Vaganée, Nicolas Thys, Bart Van Caeneghem, Peter Hertmans and Ron Van Rossum.
As a leader he founded former Modern Bop Society and HOAX. Both bands were very active in the Belgian jazzscene. Over the years Thomas played in clubs and festivals such as The Music Village, Hot Club De Gand, Jazz in’t Park, Theater aan Zee, Jazz @ Home,…
Next to Raekrm and his main project Light Travelers he is currently playing with his own trio, PHD, Shore Shot and many more.
more info on thomasdecock.com
“Boehmes contrabas kleurt afwisselend diep donker, strak dirigerend en uitgelaten speels in de improvisaties.”
– Jazzenzo Jazzmagazine 2017.
Anneleen Boehme picked up the double bass at the age of 12. She started playing both classical and jazz music, but decided to go for the jazz program at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands) in 2007. She was taught by Hein van de Geyn, Frans Van der Hoeven and Janos Bruneel. She finished her Masters’ degree at the Conservatoire of Antwerp (Belgium) with Nicolas Thys.
Next to Raekrm, she is the bass player of the well-known Belgian jazz trio LABtrio (with Lander Gyselinck on drums and Bram De Looze on piano), GIZMO, ‘kleinkunst’ singer Mira and many more projects. She’s extremely versatile, and even that is an understatement. No wonder she’s a frequently asked bass player in the jazz scene. She plays with various jazz artists across Europe.
more info on anneleenboehme.com
Simon Raman is a Belgian jazzdrummer. He studied at the Conservatories of Gent and Antwerp where he was taught by Toon Van Dionant, Arnoud Gerritse and Teun Verbruggen. He was a finalist of multiple competitions (a.o. B-Jazz Internationale Contest) and in 2014 he received the award for Best Soloist at JazzContest Mechelen. Next to Raekrm, he is currently active in the bands Steiger, RUIS, Mòs Ensemble, Broes, Marta Del Grandi Invertebrates, and many more. Simon shared the stage with Chris Cheek, Tineke Postma, Justin Binek,… and performed in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy and China.