Matthias Van den Brande

Saxophonist/Composer/Arranger/Teacher

Matthias Van den Brande is a young saxophone player and composer/arranger with already an interesting story. Having lived and studied in various corners of the world, from his home country Belgium to the Netherlands (Amsterdam) and the United States (Philadelphia), he developed a strong voice and personality in the jazz idiom and beyond. In 2018, he released his debut album as a leader called "Opus #1", blending a classical wind quintet and a jazz quartet together through his own original compositions and arrangements. Currently Matthias is performing with his own trio and his band "LOTUS V", featuring some of Amsterdam's finest musicians.

The Matthias Van den Brande Trio released an EP called 'Approaching The Present' in 2022, followed by a release tour in Belgium, Holland and France. They were also selected to compete in the final of the B-Jazz International Contest on Gent Jazz Festival and Tremplin Jazz 'Concours Européen' in Avignon next summer. 

Matthias is also a much asked sideman in various groups such as the Tijs Klaassen Quintet, Saxkartel, Mo van der Does Motet, Spoken Saxophone Quartet, Jelle Van Giel Group, Eliott Knuets Quintet, ... Recently, Matthias played and recorded as a soloist with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra for the project "The Future Is Now". Venues you might have seen him play at include the Bimhuis (NL), Bozar (BE), Lantarenvenster (NL), North Sea Jazz Festival (NL), deSingel (BE), Jazz Middelheim (BE), ... For recent shows, check the concert list on this website or follow Matthias and his bands on social media.




Prizes:


Matthias Van den Brande Trio - Tremplin Jazz 'Concours Européen' (final on August 2 2022)
Matthias Van den Brande Trio – B-Jazz Contest (final on July 9 2022)
Tijs Klaassen Quintet – SENA performers award, Dutch Jazz Competition (2021)
Mo van der Does Motet – Keep an Eye the Records (2020)
Spoken Saxophone Quartet – Keep an Eye the Records (2018)
Matthias Van den Brande Group – Art of Musical Expression Award (2018)
Tijs Klaassen Quintet – Keep an Eye the Records (2018)
Matthias Van den Brande - Cultuurprijs Deurne (2011)

"A lotus flower manages to bloom in the harshest conditions, being seemingly uneffected by it. It symbolizes our own potential to enlightenment and awakening, being set free within an environment that is dominated by suffering and ignorance. It's daily cycle of rebirth reminds us of the interconnectedness of all things and that life is eternal."

LOTUS V

The band LOTUS V (read "lotus five) was created by saxophonist/composer Matthias Van den Brande in the summer of 2020. Together, these five talented souls create musical landscapes which they explore and expand during each performance. Are you joining the ride?!


Anna Serierse

Voice


Matthias Van den Brande

Saxophone, compositions


Floris Kappeyne

Piano


Tijs Klaassen

Bass


Sun-Mi Hong
Drums

Matthias Van den Brande Trio


The Matthias Van den Brande Trio was created by its bandleader/saxophonist in 2021 and features two of his favorite musicians: Tijs Klaassen (bass) and Wouter Kühne (drums). This intimate trio setting provides them the freedom to explore the freshly composed material by Matthias himself. Their mutual friendship and strong musical connection are the true foundation of this sensational trio.


In April 2022, the Matthias Van den Brande Trio released its first EP "Approaching The Present".



" We're looking for that magical place where the past and future dissolve into one moment, followed by the next one, and the next one... approaching ... the present ...... space ..... balance .... flow ... interaction ... risk taking .... honesty .... tradition => innovation ... counterpoint ..... composed <=> improvised ... personal ... friendship .... vulnerable ..... strong "


Matthias Van den Brande

Saxophone, compositions

Wouter Kühne
Drums