Dominique Vantomme, teacher

Dominique Vantomme is a Belgium based pianist, keyboardist, composer and producer. Originally working as a blues/jazzpianist, he has spent the past 10 years playing with numerous acts in pop, rock and jazz. He has recorded and toured as a pianist, musical director and arranger for artists such as Axelle Red, Ana Popovic, Hindi Zahra, Vaya Con Dios, Viktor Lazlo, Louisiana Red, Theresa Malenfant, An Pierlé. Creating music and sound has always been a constant factor in his life, which has resulted in several records with his bands ROOT and Mahieu-Vantomme Quartet. 

Vantomme’s newest album as a leader – ‘Vegir’, released on the progrock label Moonjune Records – unites the unique sounds of bassplayer Tony Levin, Maxime Lenssens on drums and guitarist Michel Delville. “I just couldn’t pass out on the opportunity to work with basslegend Tony Levin. I had been traveling the world for the past few months, which inspired me to write a lot of music. When I pitched my vision to Tony, he was happy to join us in the studio. What a thrill it was!,” Dominique says. 

The music of ROOT takes you to a universe where psychedelics and harmony reach out to eachother. This trio, where Dominique is backed by the complementary duo Mirko Banovic (bass) and Geert Roelofs (drums) has released two albums on Dominique’s record label Root Music Records.   

The debut album “Root” goes back to the jazzrock and fusion of the seventies. The wurlitzer and rhodes arrangements provide a sharp edge and are reminiscent of the works of John Mclaughlin, Joe Zawinul, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett in their ‘Electric Miles’ era. Their second album “Agree to disagree” continues on the path of melancholia, psychedelia and improvisation. The music of ROOT brings together the best of both worlds: the raw exhilirating sounds of (jazz) funk and the pure compelling modern classical and jazzy (pop) ballads. 

On request of Trefpunt vzw ROOT went to Morocco to launch a project regarding the Moroccan musical culture. During a concert in a Berber village in the Anti Atlas mountains they were introduced to Aziz Arradi. Together with this intriguing gnaoua musician and the Moroccan-French singer Hindi Zahra (known from her debut record “Hand Made”, Blue Note Records) they performed several times both in Belgium and Morocco. They took the challenge to mix western rhythms and sounds with traditional Moroccan instruments. Album is soon to be released.