It’s a mistery where he gets the time and energy from, but Laurent Blondiau keeps on putting up new projects and ideas. At the same time, he manages to keep the bar high and mostly meets the expectations.
The jazz collective Mâäk, that he founded in 1998, plays a key role in his career. Through his repertoire, he tends to find a balance between improvisation and scores while regularly tuning his jazz sound with African (trance)rhytms.
Since 2014, there’s MikMâäk. In this project, Mâäk is extended to a group of 16 top artists. The Kawral project came out of his Electro Project, that was reinforced by a lightman and five dancers from Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso is also the country where he started Les Ventistes du Faso, alongside saxophonist Toine Thys. Les Ventistes is a training project for musicians, that develops instrumental techniques and stimulates the creation of horn sections as well as the encounter with other artistic disciplines.
He also formed a duo with Gabor Gado, Yannick Peeters and is involved in the Andy Emler Octet. In 2014, his Mâäk-collective teamed up with the Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali, which resluted in the critically acclaimed album MwSOUL in 2017.
It is clear that the musical activities of Laurent Blondiau don’t have any boundaries, what makes him one of the most surprising and fascinating figures of the current jazz scene in belgium. In 2009 he was rewarded ‘European revelation‘ by the French jazz academy. He also won the Sabam Jazz Award at the Belgian Jazz Meeting of 2015.