bass, clarinets, percussion
Jean Demey was born in Brussels in 1953. Jean started in folk music in the early 70s in Antwerp, where he met several jazz musicians. He run a trio with saxophonist Mike Zinzen, played with Steve Lacy, Mal Waldron, Chris Joris, Beaver Harris and many others. He also met there the great Arab lutiste Hassan Erraji and the group Arabesque was born together with percussionist Pierre Narcisse.
The time of acoustic fusion came, with the Guinean Griot N'Fali Kouyaté, Turkish Mahier Tezerdi and the Italian singer Angelo De Simone and Algerian rai with Cheb Kader and Cheb Mimoun. Recent years saw intense research into the world of ethnic music. Jean Demey plays equally well darbuka with a traditional Turkish singer or bass with a kora player from West Africa.
Some of the projects in which Jean is involved are: jamming with the bushmen in South Africa, the epic of the didgeridoo in Australia (Timeless Dream), the song of whales in Northern California (Harmelodic Whales Sounds) with poetry (Poems November), and reconsidering the music of North India and the Middle East with SHIKARI and sitar Jakke Moens. Jean plays regularly with the trio Sureau, together with Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (voice) and Kris Vanderstraeten (drums). Another trio where Jean plays the bass is with Ove Volquartz (clarinets) and Luc Bouquet (drums). Last but not least Jean is a member of the INaudible Collective.