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The Grand Cosmic Journey

June 10, 2014

 

Through the years, drummer Benoit Martiny developed with his bandmates an original musical style influenced by the mid-1960s. The Benoît Martiny Band was First Prize Winner of the 2008 Amersfoort Jazz Talent Award, and has been performing in many different venues in Europe and Japan.

Powered by the internationally recognized musical talents of clarinetist Michel Pilz, saxophonist Roby Glod and keyboardist Leon den Engelsen, The Grand Cosmic Journey extends the BMB experience back to this period when free jazz gave birth to krautrock.

The project is an attempt to revisit these golden years where music broke the boundaries of art and cultures, where music was imagined by some of the most innovative composers and sound designers of these last decades, such as Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Jimi Hendrix, Hermeto Pascoal, and Frank Zappa.
A Realtime Visual Experience

The origins of vjing date back to the New York club scene of the 70s that’s why it was mandatory for us to present a vj set to illustrate this concert and recapture the spirit of those years.  Following the venue the set is adaptable for a performance in situ or using the stereoscopic 3D effect anaglyph.

 

 

 

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Bio

Formed in summer 2004, the roots of the Benoit Martiny Band (shortBMB) are in a Garage in the small village of Rameldange, Luxembourg. The band plays an insane kind of rock-jazz written by Benoit Martiny himself, who is very inspired by rock and jazz music of the 60ies and 70ies. The mighty BMB is, since 10 years now, jazz’n`rolling around the world and has released 4 albums and a Live DVD.

Apart from touring all over Europe, BMB was nominated for the Dutch Jazzcompetition in 2005 and won the Amersfoort Jazztalent award in 2008. In 2013 the band had the opportuity to finally tour Japan. Over the years, BMB invited several guests to join them for different projects, songs or albums. On their last album `Trauerspill` for example, they worked with producer Alejandro Londono and had, among others, Mark Lotterman sing a couple of tunes.

Their latest project also includes a few special guests to extend the BMB experience.Under the name of “The grand cosmic journey” BMB are joined by supersax player Roby Glod, Keyboarder Leon den Engelsen and living Bassclarinet legend Michel Pilz.

  • Benoit Martiny – Drums
  • Sandor Kem – Bass
  • Frank Jonas – Guitar
  • Jasper van Damme – Altosax
  • Joao Driessen – Tenorsax

 

Press

Review of Luxembourg Jazz Meeting Sept 2012:

“Le Benoît Martiny Band est un quintet à deux saxes, contrebasse et guitare au son très rock, mené par un batteur leader à l’énergie inépuisable, et qui distille une sorte de rock/blues puissant et lyrique strié de solos flamboyants des souffleurs et du guitariste. Tout cela flirte joyeusement avec le jazz, le funk …”.

Thierry Quénum, Jazzmagazine

Review of BMB at the Manchester Jazzfestival July 28th 2013:

“Having already checked out the Benoit Martiny Band in advance as part of mine and Jane’s jazz festival preview radio show, I was intrigued to see how they would go down, reason being that they’re ‘full­on’ to say the least. I’m happy to report they went down phenomenally well. It was in your face stuff for sure, but at the same time it was so strong, powerful, well rehearsed and well written that it grabbed the audience right from the off. It was hard not to be taken with the sheer energy and enthusiasm of it all. The set started with some mystical almost tribal drumming from Martiny on drums, soon making way for generous amounts of fuzz bass from Sandor Kem and big power chords from guitarist Frank Jonas. The first few tracks reminded me of early era King Crimson and Soft Machine with a little Black Sabbath thrown in for good measure. ‘Carousel’ from their new album was more of a groover, topped off with a really strong duo sax hookline played crisply by Joao Driessen on tenor and Jasper Van Damme on alto. Both horns players were real ear­grabbing improvisers too, assisted by the rock solid grounding of the fantastically tight combination of Martiny and Kem. The sense of expert dynamic variation and control was handled especially well on this track. The fast swing of ‘Don’t Leave a Message’ showed the band weren’t only about heavy jazz rock, Kem switching from electric to acoustic double bass to woodify the sound. ‘My Favourite Painkiller’ came complete with some fab echo scratchy guitar atmospherics and a free jazz section leading to a punctuated deep blues riff. Van Damme made good use of the latter to burn us up with some fiery alto playing. Manchester’s Town Hall bells sounded over the decaying chords of final track ‘Funeral’ to complete this brilliant set perfectly.”

Review Völklinger Jazzhuette:

“Erinnerungen an die 70er Jahre keimten am Freitag beim Völklinger Hütten­Jazz. Der künstlerische Leiter Oliver Strauch hatte die junge Band um den Luxemburger Schlagzeuger Benoit Martiny zu der Feierabendreihe ans Bistro B 40 am Eingang des Weltkulturerbes geladen. Das Quintett aus dem Ort Rameldenge, das durch Europa tourt und bereits drei Alben veröffentlichte, überraschte die Hüttenjazz­Gemeinde mit einem üppigen Breitwandsound, der von der verzerrten Gitarre von Frank Gones dominiert wurde – er legte hier fette Akkordmatten aus. Das rhythmische Fundament bildeten kraftvolle funkrockige Muster von Bassist Sandor Kem und vom Schlagmann und Combochef Benoit Martiny. Abgerundet wurde die wie in den besten Pioniertagen des Jazzrock vor vier Jahrzehnten tönende Musik vom kernigen Gebläse mit Joao Driessen (Tenorsaxofon) und Jasper van Damme (Altsaxofon). Die beiden Saxofonisten traten besonders in temporeichen Bebop­Passagen in den Fokus, mit denen Gevatter Jazz sich hier kurzzeitig die angestammte Szenerie sozusagen zurückeroberte. Über weite Strecken bewegte sich das Geschehen freilich in Gefilden, in denen sich Freunde eines deftig groovenden Rock wohlfühlen konnten. Dabei fehlte es durchaus nicht an lyrischen, ja meditativen Passagen etwa mit filigranen bluesigen Slide­Einlagen des Gitarristen. Da sich ohrenfällige Einfälle und Wendungen als verbindendes Glied durch die gesamte Konzertstunde zogen, blieb die hochkarätige Musik der Benoit Martiny Band trotz zahlreicher komplexer Details im Großen und Ganzen breitenkompatibel. Kenner und Genießer kamen gleichermaßen auf ihre Kosten. Das Hüttenjazz-Auditorium jedenfalls war angetan und erklatschte nach dem einem dröhnenden psychedelischen Klang rausch ähnelnden Finale entzückt Zugaben.”

Saarbrückner Zeitung 05.08.2013

 

discography

Are You Isolated? - DVD - 2014


Trauerspill - 2013


  • 1. Dead And Gone - 5:32play
  • 2. Firestone Salads - 5:55
  • 3. Carrousel - 3:58
  • 4. F The W - 4:33play
  • 5. Don't Leave a Message - 6:09play
  • 6. My Favorite Painkiller - 5:39
  • 7. Just As Real - 5:04
  • 8. Funeral - 8:19play

Isolation Nation - 2010


  • 1. Who called the cops? - 4:06play
  • 2. Suicide City - 6:07
  • 3. Bombay Hideout - 4:51
  • 4. Exile Island - 4:42play
  • 5. Seriously funked up - 6:55
  • 6. Isolation Nation - 5:54

Benoit Martiny Band - 2008


  • 1. Present Dance - 4:42play
  • 2. The Devli On My Trail - 9:03
  • 3. Seriously Damaged - 2:42
  • 4. Silent Phones - 9:22
  • 5. Katrina's Voodoo - 4:32
  • 6. Out Of The Bubble - 6:52play
  • 7. The Most Relaxed Cows In The Wold Live In India - 6:37
  • 8. No Choice - 3:00
  • 9. Invasion - 8:39play

Jazz Goes Garage - 2005


  • 1. Bushfire - 4:55play
  • 2. Running in Circles - 7:04
  • 3. Jazz 'n' Roll - 5:32play
  • 4. Irene's Descision- 2:50
  • 5. The Garage Blues - 6:05play
  • 6. Winter Hope - 6:06
  • 7. Traveling - 1:11
  • 8. Spritual Revolution - 16:50

media

The devil on my trail – Live at Trifolion

Suicide city – Live at Melusina

Isolation Nation Video Clip

Seriously funked up – Live at Melusina

agenda

No shows booked at the moment

New shows comming soon.

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email: info@benoitmartinyband.com

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  • Badass Yogi Production  ASBL.
  • Au Verger l’Epine, 26
  • B-6760 Virton
  • Belgium
  • Phone: +32 (0)496 801862
  • email: info@byp-online.com