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A selection of CONCERTS (past and upcoming) featuring compositions/arrangements by Michel Herr
Feb. 11 & 12, 2019, 20:00, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York (USA) : Tutu Puoane + Brussels Jazz Orchestra "We have a dream",
feat. 3 arrangements by Michel Herr.
March 31, 2019, 18:00, Stadtgarten, Cologne (D) : Michel Herr conducts his music played by the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
June 29, 2019, 20:00 (tbc), Festival Musiq3, Marni, Brussels (B) : Fabrice Alleman's "Udiverse", with MP4 string quartet
feat. arrangements & compositions by Michel Herr.
July 5, 2019, 20:00, "Le Delta", Namur (B) : Fabrice Alleman's "Udiverse", with chamber orchestra,
feat. arrangements & compositions by Michel Herr.
August 3, 2019, 19:00, Gouvy Jazz Festival (B) : Michel Herr presents his "Positive Tentet",
feat. compositions by Michel Herr for jazz sextet and string quartet. With Bert Joris (tp), Lennert Baerts (sax), Peter Hertmans (gt), Nathalie Loriers (p), Sam Gertsmans (b), Daniel Jonkers (drs), Benoît Leseure (vl 1), Pierre Heneaux (vl 2), Jean-François Durdu (viola), Annemie Osborne (cello).
November 7, 2019, 20:00, Théâtre 140, Brussels (B) : Release concert for the album "Michel Herr : Positive". The "Michel Herr Positive Tentet" features compositions by Michel Herr for jazz sextet and string quartet. With Bert Joris (tp), Paul Heller (sax, D), Peter Hertmans (gt), Nathalie Loriers (p), Sam Gertsmans (b), Dré Pallemaerts (drs), Benoît Leseure (vl 1), Pierre Heneaux (vl 2), Jean-François Durdu (viola), Merryl Havard (cello). Music by Michel Herr.
April 11, 2020 (18:00), Gent, Club Telex (B) : Michel Herr conducts the Youth Jazz Collective playing his music for big band. CANCELED (Covid 19)
May 3, 2020 (18h), Salle Magic Mirrors, Grand Place, Tournai, Tournai Jazz Festival (B) : The "Michel Herr Positive Tentet". Music by Michel Herr.
CANCELED (Covid 19)
May 29, 2020, 21:30, Brussels Jazz Weekend (B) : Tutu Puoane + Brussels Jazz Orchestra "We have a dream",
feat. 3 arrangements by Michel Herr. CANCELED (Covid 19)
May 31, 2020 (18:30), Grand Place, Brussels (B) : The "Michel Herr Positive Tentet". Music by Michel Herr. CANCELED (Covid 19)
July 23, 2020 (time tba), Collégiale of Ciney, Dinant Jazz Festival (B) : The "Michel Herr Positive Tentet".
CANCELED (Covid 19)
April 25, 2021 (18h), Salle Magic Mirrors, Grand Place, Tournai, Tournai Jazz Festival (B) : The "Michel Herr Positive Tentet". With Bert Joris (tp), Lennert Baerts (sax), Peter Hertmans (gt), Nathalie Loriers (p), Sam Gertsmans (b), Dré Pallemaerts (drs), Benoît Leseure (vl 1), Pierre Heneaux (vl 2), Jean-François Durdu (viola), Merryl Havard (cello). Music by Michel Herr.
May 30, 2021 (afternoon), Grand Place, Brussels (B) : The "Michel Herr Positive Tentet", with Bert Joris (tp), Paul Heller (sax, D), Peter Hertmans (gt), Nathalie Loriers (p), Sam Gertsmans (b), Dré Pallemaerts (drs), Benoît Leseure (vl 1), Pierre Heneaux (vl 2), Jean-François Durdu (viola), Merryl Havard (cello). Music by Michel Herr.
July 22, 2021 (time tba), Collégiale of Ciney, Dinant Jazz Festival (B) : The "Michel Herr Positive Tentet", with Bert Joris (tp), Paul Heller (sax, D), Peter Hertmans (gt), Nathalie Loriers (p), Sam Gertsmans (b), Dré Pallemaerts (drs), Benoît Leseure (vl 1), Pierre Heneaux (vl 2), Jean-François Durdu (viola), Merryl Havard (cello). Music by Michel Herr.

Michel Herr currently completing the writing of an unusual project
Michel Herr is currently completing the writing of a piece commissioned by classical trumpeter Benny Wiame. Titled "Changing landscapes", it is a suite for 2 trumpets (1 classical, 1 jazz) and string ensemble. A recording is planned. Benny Wiame will play the classical trumpet part, Carlo Nardozza the jazz trumpet part, with the occasional support of Tim Finoulst on guitar and Christophe Devisscher on double bass, plus the Boho Strings. Stay tuned. (Oct. 11, 2020).

Michel Herr was interviewed for a documentary on violinist Zbigniew Seifert
Michel Herr played, years ago, in "Variospheres", the European quartet of the great Polish violin player Zbigniew Seifert. A true innovator, who left us much too early (at the age of 32 !). A documentary is currently in the works, a Polish production. Among the testimonies of musicians who played with Seifert : Jasper van't Hof, Philip Catherine, Glen Moore, Chris Hinze, Polish musicians, etc.., and Michel Herr.
The director is Robert Kaczmarek, and the film should be completed, after additional interviews, around April 2021. A well deserved tribute. (Sept. 27, 2020).

On digital platforms, a Michel Herr arrangement for vocalist/songwriter Assunta Di Pasquale
Publication has started on various digital platforms of an arrangement written by Michel Herr for songwriter/vocalist Assunta Di Pasquale, in a latin jazz style. The recording of "Joy, everlasting joy" was made under the musical supervision of Michel Herr with the participation of excellent musicians : Ivan Paduart (p), Bruno Castellucci (drs), Paolo Loveri (gt), Benoît Vanderstraeten (b.), Stefan Bracaval (flute), Antoine Colin (flugelhorn), Raphaël Robyns (tb), Osvaldo Hernandez Napoles (perc.), Tracy-Joyce Moffa, Nadia Murayi Bakareke (voc.). The song, available as a videoclip on Youtube, is also available in audio form on all major digital platforms (search for "Jazztutta" on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer, Shazam, Google Play, Amazon, etc...). (Sept. 12, 2020).

On Youtube, echoes of the Michel Herr Positive Tentet at the Gouvy Jazz Festival (B)
On Youtube, you can watch a couple of excerpts of the concert given by the "Michel Herr Positive Tentet" during the 2019 Gouvy Jazz Festival (B). With Bert Joris (tp), Lennert Baerts (sax), Peter Hertmans (gt), Nathalie Loriers (p), Sam Gertsmans (b), Daniel Jonkers (drs), Benoît Leseure (vl 1), Pierre Heneaux (vl 2), Jean-François Durdu (viola), Annemie Osborne (cello). Click on the left to hear "String positive" (M. Herr). (Aug. 29, 2020).

Michel Herr has recorded 2 arrangements for vocalist/songwriter Assunta Di Pasquale
Michel Herr was recently in the recording studio (Dada, Brussels) to supervise the recording of 2 arrangements he wrote for pianist/songwriter/vocalist Assunta Di Pasquale, in a latin jazz bag. The musicians : Ivan Paduart (p), Bruno Castellucci (drs), Paolo Loveri (gt), Benoît Vanderstraeten (el. b.), Stefan Bracaval (flute), Antoine Colin (tp), Raphaël Robyns (tb), Osvaldo Hernandez Napoles (perc.), Estelle Lannoy (accordion) + backing vocals. (Aug. 13, 2020).

Nice review of the "Positive" album on allaboutjazz.com
On the allaboutjazz.com website, Ian Patterson wrote a nice review of the album "Michel Herr - Positive / Music for sextet and string quartet" (Igloo Records). Just a couple of quotes :
"Herr, with this fine tentet, has produced an album of considerable beauty".
"In the end, however, it is Herr's arrangements - the deft application of strings to a straight-ahead jazz setting, the balance between solo and ensemble voices - that makes the greatest impression."
(July 12, 2020).

Michel Herr in lockdown : writing music
While staying home during the Covid 19 lockdown, Michel Herr has been busy writing : a couple of big band compositions, two arrangements for Phil Abraham's Trombone Summit (an octet with 5 trombones) and their special Duke Ellington program, on "Isfahan" and "Don't you know I care", two arrangements for songwriter Assunta Di Pasquale, to be recorded in August 2020. (May 29, 2020).

Michel Herr Positive Tentet : some concerts and festivals rescheduled for 2021
Some of the canceled dates (due to Covid 19) of the Michel Herr Positive Tentet will be postponed to 2021. See the calendar on top of this page.
Stay safe and healthy. (April 25, 2020).

Concerts and festivals canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic
From March 13, 2020, through May 3, 2020 (at the minimum), the Belgian government imposes restrictions to public events. All concerts will be canceled or postponed. All festivals are canceled until August 31, 2020.
Stay healthy. (March 13, 2019 / updated April 16, 2020).

New album of bassist Daniel Romeo, featuring 2 string arrangements by Michel Herr
Official release in Belgium and France, etc... : funk/fusion electric bassist Daniel Romeo has just released a CD/double LP titled The black days session #1.
Michel Herr wrote 2 string arrangements for the album, both on compositions by the bassist. The first one for bass and string quartet. The other one was a previously recorded track featuring a.o. the late Toots Thielemans on harmonica, track to which he added a string quartet. (March 1, 2020).

January 8, 2020 : meeting/lecture by Michel Herr at the "Conservatoire Adolphe Sax" in Dinant (B)
On January 8, 2020 , the "Conservatoire Adolphe Sax" of Dinant (B) invited Michel Herr for a meeting/lecture (in French). He talked about his musical itinerary, improvisation in jazz, arranging and his recent project, the "Positive Tentet". He also answered the questions. (January 10, 2020).

Dec. 13, 2019 : students of the Brussels Music Conservatory play the "Udiverse" suite
On December 13, 2019, students of the Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels played the "Udiverse suite ", the project of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman, who acted as a conductor of the chamber orchestra and the jazz group. Michel Herr has witten most of the arrangements for this project. (Dec. 17, 2019).

Dec. 6, 2019 : the album "Michel Herr - Positive" released in France
The album "Michel Herr - Positive / Music for sextet and string quartet" (Igloo Records Igl 308), featuring compositions by Michel Herr for 6 jazz musicians and a string quartet, is now available in France (distribution : Socadisc). (December 6, 2019).

Nov. 7, 2019 : resounding success for the release concert of the album "Michel Herr - Positive" in Brussels
On Nov. 7, 2019 (20:00), a release concert took place at Theatre 140 in Brussels, to mark the release of the album "Michel Herr - Positive / Music for sextet and string quartet" (Igloo Records), featuring compositions by Michel Herr for 6 jazz musicians and a string quartet. The line-up was, like on the album : Bert Joris (tp), Paul Heller (ten sax), Peter Hertmans (gt), Nathalie Loriers (p), Sam Gerstmans (b), Dré Pallemaerts (drs) and a string quartet consisting of Benoît Leseure (vl 1), Pierre Heneaux (vl 2), Jean-François Durdu (viola) and Merryl Havard (cello).
The concert was a resounding success. An encore for the band and an emotional standing ovation for Michel Herr. The concert included "No Planet B", an additional number that Michel Herr recently wrote for this occasion. See some photos. (November 8, 2019).

The German saxophonist Paul Heller recorded a quartet album including a.o. Michel Herr's composition "Short story"
At the end of October 2019, the German saxophonist Paul Heller recorded a quartet album in Brussels with Nathalie Loriers (p), Riccardo Del Fra (b) and Dré Pallemaerts (drs). They played compositions by Heller himself, but also by Fay Claassen, Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Wheeler and Michel Herr's "Short story". (October 28, 2019).

October 15, 2019 : Michel Herr's music for 11 piece band in Genk (B)
On October 15, 2019 (20:00), at CC C-Mine, Genk (B), teachers of the Luca Hoge School Leuven, Frank Vaganée (sax), Dree Peremans (tb), Peter Hertmans (gt), Lynn Cassiers (voc.), Bart Van Caenegem (p), Jos Machtel (b), Dré Pallemaerts (drs) and a string quartet played the music that Michel Herr wrote for his "Positive Tentet", re-arranged here for voice, jazz sextet and string quartet. (October 16, 2019).

On YouTube, a video teaser for the album "Michel Herr - Positive"
On YouTube, there is a teaser video for the album "Michel Herr - Positive / Music for sextet and string quartet" (Igloo Records).
To watch it in a large size, click HERE. (October 6, 2019).

OUT NOW ! New cd : "Michel Herr - Positive / Music for sextet and string quartet"
Just released, the album "Michel Herr - Positive / Music for sextet and string quartet" (Igloo Records), featuring 9 of Michel's compositions recorded with a superb team of 11 musicians : Bert Joris (tp), Paul Heller (ten sax, D), Peter Hertmans (gt), Nathalie Loriers (p), Sam Gerstmans (b), Dré Pallemaerts (drs) and a string quartet (Benoît Leseure, Pierre Heneaux, Jean-François Durdu & Merryl Havard). With vocalist Tutu Puoane as a guest on 1 track. Check it out ! (October 4, 2019).

October 2, 2019 : radio interview of Michel Herr about the upcoming "Positive" album
On October 2, 2019 (22:00), Michel Herr will be on the air on the RTBF radio show "Jazz" (by Philippe Baron) on Musiq3 (B) to introduce his upcoming album "Positive" (Music for sextet and string quartet).
In the following days (Oct. 3, 4, 7, 8), more interviews and music will be aired. Podcasts will be available for a while here.
(Sept. 28, 2019).

August 3, 2019 : first appearance of Michel Herr's "Positive Tentet" at the Gouvy Jazz Festival (B)
On August 3 (19:00), 2019, Michel Herr's Positive Tentet made its first public appearance at the Gouvy Jazz Festival (B) with great success. This new project features his compositions for 6 jazz musicians and a string quartet. In Gouvy, the line-up was : Bert Joris (tp), Lennert Baerts (ten sax), Peter Hertmans (gt), Nathalie Loriers (p), Sam Gerstmans (b), Daniel Jonkers (drs) and a string quartet consisting of Benoît Leseure (vl 1), Pierre Heneaux (vl 2), Jean-François Durdu (viola) and Annemie Osborne (cello).
The album will be released on October 4, 2019 by the Igloo label (B). Stay tuned... (August 5, 2019).


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An interview of Michel Herr on the Positive Tentet in Le Soir/Mad (B)
In the Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir of July 31, 2019, you can read an interview (in French) of Michel Herr about the project Positive Tentet which will perform at the Gouvy Jazz Festival on August 3, 2019 (19:00).
(July 31, 2019).

July 5, 2019 : saxophonist Fabrice Alleman & chamber orchestra gave a very successful concert with the "Udiverse" project
On July 5, 2019, "Udiverse", the project of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman with chamber orchestra, played a superb concert in the Delta in Namur (B) in front of an enthusiastic audience. Michel Herr wrote 8 arrangements and compositions for this project, presented here in its full line-up (with strings, winds, harp and jazz sextet). See some photos. (July 8, 2019).

Michel Herr re-arranged the "Udiverse" project, featuring saxophonist Fabrice Alleman, for a double quartet (jazz & strings)
Michel Herr just rearranged the repertoire of the "Udiverse" project of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman for jazz quartet and string quartet. This specific version will be presented during the Festival Musiq3 with the participation of the MP4 String Quartet on June 29, 2019 (20:00) at the Marni Theater in Brussels. Rehearsals are underway. (June 13, 2019).

Coming up : 3 concerts of the project "Udiverse", featuring saxophonist Fabrice Alleman & chamber orchestra
"Udiverse", the project of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman with chamber orchestra, will give three concerts in the upcoming weeks. See the concert calendar on top of this page. Michel Herr wrote 8 arrangements and compositions for this project. (May 24, 2019).

March 31, 2019 : Michel Herr featured with the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
On March 31, 2019 (18:00), the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra invited Michel Herr to conduct a selection of his compositions during a concert at the Stadtgarten in Cologne (Germany).
For the occasion, Michel wrote a new big band piece, titled "The flame".
Saxophonist Frank Vaganée joined them for a couple of pieces. See some photos. (April 1, 2019).

March 19 & 20, 2019 : the movie "Just Friends" (music by Michel Herr) screened in Leuven (B)
On March 19 (20:00) and 20 (17:00), 2019, at Cinema Zed - Stuk in Leuven (B), you will get an opportunity to watch "Just Friends" (movie by Marc-Henri Wajnberg). Michel Herr was the musical director, composer and arranger of the soundtrack, which features numerous Belgian and European jazz musicians, as well as US saxophonist Archie Shepp.
With an introduction (in Dutch) by Peter Anthonissen. (March 10, 2019).

Michel Herr has mixed his upcoming tentet album, feat. his compositions for sextet and string quartet
To keep you informed about the advancement of the project, Michel Herr has just completed with sound engineer Michel Andina the mixing of his upcoming album, featuring 9 of his compositions for 6 jazz musicians and a string quartet. With top musicians : Bert Joris (tp), Paul Heller (ten sax, D), Peter Hertmans (gt), Nathalie Loriers (p), Sam Gerstmans (b), Dré Pallemaerts (drs) and a string quartet (Benoît Leseure, Pierre Heneaux, Jean-François Durdu & Merryl Havard). With vocalist Tutu Puoane as a guest on 1 track. More info "here". See some photos of the recording session.
The album will be released by the Igloo label in October 2019. Stay tuned... (February 27, 2019).

Brussels Jazz Orchestra in New York with Tutu Puoane and "We have a dream", feat. 3 arrangements by Michel Herr
On the 11 & 12 of February 2019, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Tutu Puoane presented with great success the "We have a dream" project in Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in Jazz at the Lincoln Center, New York City. The project includes 3 arrangements by Michel Herr, recorded on the album "We have a dream" (Soulfactory Records).
The "We have a dream" project was a resounding success, with around 20 performances in Europe and the US. (February 13, 2019).

New cd of pianist Bram Weijters & Crazy Men includes "Open air", by Michel Herr
Pianist Bram Weijters and his band Crazy Men have just released an album titled "Here they come" (SDBan Records) of classic tunes from the Belgian jazz fusion years. Included is a new arrangement that Bram wrote on a piece by Michel, "Open air", originally recorded many years ago on the "Solis Lacus" album. (January 21, 2019).

Dec. 14 & 15, 2018 : "We have a dream" project : symphonic version with Brussels Jazz Orchestra, OPRL and Tutu Puoane
For his Christmas concerts, the OPRL (Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, B) teamed up with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Tutu Puoane to propose the "We have a dream" project in a symphonic version. Two exceptional concerts took place at the Salle Philharmonique de Liège (B), on December 14 & 15, 2018. The conductor was Charles Hazlewood and the program included 3 arrangements by Michel Herr. The concerts were a huge success. See a photo. (December 15, 2018).

Nov. 8-10, 2018 : Michel Herr has recorded an album with his compositions for sextet and string quartet
Michel Herr has recorded in Studio Dada (Brussels) 9 of his compositions for 6 jazz musicians and a string quartet. With top musicians : Bert Joris (tp), Paul Heller (ten sax, D), Peter Hertmans (gt), Nathalie Loriers (p), Sam Gerstmans (b), Dré Pallemaerts (drs) and a string quartet (Benoît Leseure, Pierre Heneaux, Jean-François Durdu & Merryl Havard). With vocalist Tutu Puoane as a guest on 1 track. More info "here". See some photos of the recording session. Stay tuned... (November 11, 2018).

Oct. 19, 2018 : a radio show on Toots Thielemans on Deutchlandfunk, with interviews a.o. of Michel Herr
Michel Herr is one of the musicians interviewed by Lou Brouwers in his radio show devoted to Toots Thielemans. The program will be broadcasted here (live streaming) on October 19, 2018 at 20:10 and a podcast should be available for a while afterwards. (October 15, 2018).

Pianist Bram Weijters & Crazy Men recorded "Open air", by Michel Herr
Pianist Bram Weijters and his band Crazy Men have just recorded an album (for SDBan Records) of classic tunes from the Belgian jazz fusion years. Included is a new arrangement that Bram wrote on a piece by Michel, "Open air", originally recorded many years ago on the "Solis Lacus" album. (October 12, 2018).

"We have a dream" project with Brussels Jazz Orchestra and Tutu Puoane : many dates ahead
As the calendar on top of this page shows, dates are pouring in for "We have a dream" project, featuring the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and South African vocalist Tutu Puoane, a superb project for which Michel Herr wrote 3 arrangements, recorded on the album "We have a dream" (Soulfactory Records). (September 10, 2018).

Michel Herr preparing a recording project with 11 musicians
Michel Herr is currently writing material for a November 2018 recording session as a leader, featuring exclusively his compositions, with 7 top jazz musicians and a string quartet. Read more "here". Stay tuned for more details... (August 23, 2018).

Brussels Jazz Orchestra celebrates its 25th anniversary playing a.o. the "We have a dream" project at Jazz Middelheim
On August 10, 2018 (20:50), during the Jazz Middelheim festival in Antwerp (B), the Brussels Jazz Orchestra will celebrate its 25th anniversary playing four of its successful programs, a.o. the "We have a dream" project, featuring South African vocalist Tutu Puoane, for which Michel Herr wrote 3 arrangements, recorded on the album "We have a dream" (Soulfactory Records). (August 3, 2018).

Radio broadcast and podcast of the concert "An American Songbook" given in the Abbaye du Val-Dieu (B)
After the broadcast on July 15, 2018 (20:00) by RTBF Musiq3 radio (B), the concert of the project "An American Songbook" given on June 22, 2018 in the Abbaye of Val-Dieu (B), is now available as a podcast here (look for the date : July 15, 2018 and "Les grands festivals de l'été" or click directly here).
12 American songs arranged by Michel Herr and performed by lyrical soprano singer Julie Mossay, jazz saxophonist Steve Houben, the trio of pianist Nathalie Loriers (with Sam Gerstmans on bass and Rick Hollander on drums), plus the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie conducted by Frank Braley. Details "here". (July 16, 2018).

July 1, 2018 : concert of Fabrice Alleman & Chamber Orchestra : "UDiverse" in Mons (B)
The project Fabrice Alleman & Chamber Orchestra "Udiverse" was performed with great success during the "Festival au Carré", on July 1st, 2018 in Mons (B). Next to Fabrice Alleman (soprano sax) : Vincent Bruyninckx (piano), Sam Gerstmans (bass), Frédéric Jacquemin (drs), + guests : Fred Favarel (guitar, F), Minino Garay (bombo, percussion, Argentina) with the Orchestre de Chambre de Liège (strings).
Michel Herr wrote 8 arrangements and compositions for this exceptional project. (July 2, 2018).

June 22, 2018 : concert of the project "An American Songbook" in the Abbaye du Val-Dieu (B)
On June 22, 2018 (in the Abbaye of Val-Dieu, in Aubel, B, 20:00), the project "An American Songbook" was performed with great success. 12 American standard songs arranged by Michel Herr and performed by lyrical soprano singer Julie Mossay, jazz saxophonist Steve Houben, the trio of pianist Nathalie Loriers (with Sam Gerstmans on bass and Rick Hollander on drums), plus the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie conducted by Frank Braley. The concert has been recorded by RTBF radio Musiq 3.
(June 23, 2018).

Michel Herr is writing a symphonic version of his arrangements for "We have a dream"
Michel Herr is currently completing the writing of his 3 arrangements for the project "We have a dream", with vocalist Tutu Puoane, but this time for the OPRL (the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège) and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. Several concerts will take place in Liège in December 2018. (June 9, 2018).

Michel Herr wrote a string arrangement for the "Octaves de la Musique" (B) evening
On May 28, 2018, the evening of the "Octaves de la Musique" took place in Brussels. In the jazz category, the winner is the Igor Gehenot quartet (feat. Alex Tassel on flugelhorn) for their album "Delta". They played Michel Herr's arrangement of "Step 2", written for the occasion, for jazz quartet and string quartet (Quatuor Ardente, representing another winner, the OPRL, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège).
Among the nominated jazz albums, one also can find "Udiverse", the album of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman with chamber orchestra, for which Michel wrote 8 arrangements and compositions. (May 29, 2018).

May 23, 2018 : concert of the project "An American Songbook" in Mons (B)
In Mons (B), on May 23, 2018 (at Arsonic, 20:00), the project "An American Songbook" presented a program consisting of 12 American standard songs arranged by Michel Herr and performed by lyrical soprano singer Julie Mossay, jazz saxophonist Steve Houben, the trio of pianist Nathalie Loriers (with Sam Gerstmans on bass and Rick Hollander on drums), plus the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie conducted by Frank Braley. The audience was very enthusiastic. (May 25, 2018).

The first concerts of the "We have a dream" project (Tutu Puoane & BJO) meet with huge success
The first concerts of the "We have a dream" project, featuring South African vocalist Tutu Puoane and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra have received a very enthusiastic response. Full houses and standing ovations. Michel Herr wrote 3 arrangements for this project, which is also available on the album "We have a dream" (Soulfactory Records). (April 20, 2018).

On Youtube, the Vladimir Cosma music for "L'affaire", featuring Toots Thielemans & Michel Herr
On the "Vladimir Cosma Youtube channel", you can listen to the soundtrack that he composed and arranged for the movie "L'affaire" by Sergio Gobbi. Some tracks (recorded in 1994) feature Toots Thielemans (harmonica), Michel Herr (piano), Michel Benita (double bass), Aldo Romano (drs) and orchestra, a.o. in a Puccini melody. The tracks are also available on iTunes. (April 1, 2018).

The album "Fabrice Alleman & Chamber Orchestra : UDiverse" nominated for the Octaves de la Musique (B)
"Udiverse", the album of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman with chamber orchestra is among the 5 albums nominated in the jazz category at the Octaves de la Musique (B).
Michel Herr wrote 8 arrangements and compositions for this album. (March 15, 2017).

Music by Michel Herr for jazz sextet and string quartet, performed during the Belgian Music Days
Michel Herr wrote arrangements on a selection of his pieces for jazz sextet and string quartet, which were performed on March 1, 2018 during the "Belgian Music Days" in Leuven (B). The concert that Michel Herr proposed was the only jazz concert of the program (mostly classical) and the fruits of a masterclass he gave at the Lucas High School of Arts. (March 2, 2018).

New cd : "We have a dream", with vocalist Tutu Puoane & Brussels Jazz Orchestra feat. 3 arrangements by Michel Herr
Just released, the album "We have a dream" (Soulfactory Records), with South African vocalist Tutu Puoane & Brussels Jazz Orchestra.
Michel Herr wrote and conducted 3 big band arrangements for this album, dedicated to human rights. (February 8, 2018).

VRT Radio (B) claims to have discovered a rare composition by Toots Thielemans
Searching through its archives, the Flemish radio VRT has found a recording of the late Toots Thielemans (harmonica) in duo with pianist Michel Herr, which contains a piece titled "Painted faces", which they claim is a composition by Toots, never released on an album. A big band version (arr. by Freddy Sunder) was later performed by the BRT Jazz Orkest. Details (in Dutch) and audio can be found here. (February 3, 2018).

The movie "Just Friends" (music by Michel Herr) screened in Brussels. Michel interviewed on VRT radio
In parallel with the 2018 edition of the Brussels Jazz Festival, Cinematek proposes in Flagey (Brussels) several jazz inspired movies. There will be three opportunities to watch "Just Friends" (by Marc-Henri Wajnberg). Michel Herr was the musical director, composer and arranger of the soundtrack, which features numerous Belgian and European jazz musicians, as well as US saxophonist Archie Shepp. The dates : Jan. 14, 2018 (15:30), Jan. 18 (17:30) and Jan. 30 (19:30). Details here.
Michel Herr and director Marc-Henri Wajnberg got interviewed for VRT Radio by Michael Robberechts. Probably broadcasted on Sunday Jan. 14, 2018 in "Time Out" on Radio 1, between 20:00 and 23:00. (January 10, 2018).

New album of bassist Daniel Romeo, featuring 2 string arrangements by Michel Herr
Funk/fusion electric bassist Daniel Romeo has just released a CD/double LP titled The black days session #1.
Michel Herr wrote 2 string arrangements for the album, both on compositions by the bassist. The first one for bass and string quartet. The other one was a previously recorded track featuring a.o. the late Toots Thielemans on harmonica, track to which he added a string quartet. (December 9, 2017).

Dec. 8, 2017, La Hulpe (B) : "Tribute to Toots Thielemans ", arranged by Michel Herr
On December 8, 2017, a "Tribute to Toots Thielemans" was presented in La Hulpe (B), with the participation of Philip Catherine (gt), Steve Houben (alto sax), Gino Lattuca (tp), Vincent Bruyninckx (p, kb), Michel Hatzigeorgiou (el. b.) and Bruno Castellucci (drs). Arrangements & musical direction : Michel Herr. (December 9, 2017).

Release on cd of a rare live recording of violinist Zbigniew Seifert "Live in Solothurn", with Michel Herr
The Zbigniew Seifert Foundation in Poland has found and recently released on cd a rare and historical live recording (made in Switserland) of the late jazz violinist Zbigniew Seifert, a musical giant who died much too early. In the late seventies, Zbigniew went on the road with his European quartet "Variospheres", consisting of Michel Herr (piano, Rhodes), Hans Hartmann (double bass, CH) and Janusz Stefanski (drs, PL). The cd is titled Live in Solothurn.
Although soundwise not technically perfect, the album is a rare testimony of the playing of the great Polish violinist, who was inspired by the music of John Coltrane, modal, folk and free music but always with a very personal approach.
Zbigniew Seifert's music remains undoubtly of an amazing intensity and modernity. (November 20, 2017).

BJO Series : big band charts by Michel Herr now available for purchase on the website of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra
On the website of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, there is now a webshop "BJO Series" in which several big band charts written by Michel Herr for the double album "The Music of Michel Herr" are available for purchase. (November 10, 2017).


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"UDiverse" : album of the week in Le Soir (B)
"Udiverse", the album of Belgian saxophonist Fabrice Alleman + chamber orchestra, arranged by Michel Herr, was elected "album of the week" in Le Soir ("Mad" cultural pages), the main Belgian daily newspaper (in French). The piece includes a long interview (in French) with the saxophonist, made by Jean-Claude Vantroyen. (November 9, 2017).

First tour of the "UDiverse" project, with saxophonist Fabrice Alleman & chamber orchestra, arranged by Michel Herr
October 2017 saw the first concerts of the "Udiverse" project, featuring saxophonist Fabrice Alleman & chamber orchestra, with 8 arrangements and some compositions by Michel Herr". The audiences gave it an enthusiastic reception. See some photos. (October 27, 2017).

New cd : "Fabrice Alleman & Chamber Orchestra : Udiverse", feat. 8 arrangements by Michel Herr
Just released on the Cyprès label (B): "Udiverse", the album of Belgian saxophonist Fabrice Alleman + chamber orchestra. An exceptional project which involves 30 musicians : 6 jazzmen, an Argentinian percussionist and a chamber orchestra (strings, winds, harp). Featuring 8 arrangements (and a few compositions) by Michel Herr.
The music is a journey through all the musical styles which played a role in Fabrice's development, a creative mix between classical music, jazz, world music (Celtic music, percussions from Argentina, etc...).
Next to Fabrice's warm and expressive soprano sax : Vincent Bruyninckx (piano), Sam Gerstmans (bass), Frédéric Jacquemin (drs), + guests : Fred Favarel : (guitar, F), Minino Garay (bombo, percussion, Argentina) and Philip Catherine (guitar) + the Orchestre de Chambre de Liège (strings), the Quartz Ensemble (winds) and Ingrid Procureur (harp).
Some release concerts will take place in October 2017. (Oct. 13, 2017).

On Youtube, a video of the "making of" the album "Udiverse"
On Youtube, you can watch a video of the "making of" the album "Udiverse" (to be released on Oct. 13, 2017), featuring saxophonist Fabrice Alleman + chamber orchestra : ", with 8 arrangements by Michel Herr. (Oct. 11, 2017).

July 28, 2017, Dinant Jazz Nights (B) : "Tribute to Toots Thielemans ", arranged by Michel Herr
On July 28, 2017, the Dinant Jazz Nights Festival (B) presented "Tribute to Toots Thielemans", a tribute to the late Toots Thielemans, which was warmly received (with Philip Catherine, Steve Houben, Bert Joris, Vincent Bruyninckx, Michel Hatzigeorgiou and Bruno Castellucci). Arrangements & musical direction : Michel Herr. See a photo. (July 29, 2017).

July 26, 2017 : Michel Herr recorded 2 string arrangements for the album of bassist Da Romeo
Michel has written and recorded two string arrangements for the upcoming album of funk and fusion bassist Da Romeo. Both on compositions by the bassist. The first one for bass and string quartet. The other one was a previously recorded track featuring a.o. the late Toots Thielemans on harmonica, track to which he added a string quartet. The album should be released around November 2017 (double vynil + cd) under the title "The Black Days Session #1". See a photo. (July 27, 2017).

June 29, 2017 : Michel Herr recorded his arrangements for "We have a dream" project
On June 29, 2017, Michel Herr recorded his three arrangements for South African vocalist Tutu Puoane and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra for the project "We have a dream". Michel conducted the band. Album expected around January 2018. Stay tuned.
(June 29, 2017).

Michel Herr interviewed for a documentary film on the Brussels Jazz Orchestra
The Flemish (B) television is currently working on a documentary film about the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. It will show the band at work, and several musicians will be interviewed, a.o. members of the band and composers/arrangers, including Michel Herr (in French), who frequently collaborated with that prestigious big band over the years. (June 22, 2017).

Final mixes for the project of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman + chamber orchestra, arranged by Michel Herr
In mid June 2017, Michel Herr participated in the mixing of the upcoming album of Belgian saxophonist Fabrice Alleman + chamber orchestra, which should be titled "Udiverse"". With one exception, Michel Herr wrote all the arrangements. Release in October 2017 on the Cyprès label. (June 21, 2017).

Michel Herr completes the writing of his arrangements for "We have a dream"
Michel Herr has now completed the writing of his three arrangements for vocalist Tutu Puoane and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra for the project "We have a dream". More details right below. (April 29, 2017).

Michel Herr writes for vocalist Tutu Puoane and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra for "We have a dream"
Michel Herr is currently writing 3 arrangements for South African vocalist Tutu Puoane and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra for their project "We have a dream", on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. It is a musical production around the theme of human rights. Michel is writing arrangements on songs by Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, etc...
A recording is planned for June 2017, with a cd release in January 2018, marked with some concerts. (April 6, 2017).

Feb. 26, 2017 : Tribute to Toots Thielemans, supervision & arrangements by Michel Herr
On February 26, 2017, a double concert payed a tribute to the late Toots Thielemans in Brussels. A humble but convincing tribute to a giant. Some top Belgian musicians shared the stage for a 90 minute performance : Philip Catherine (gt), Bert Joris (tp), Steve Houben (sax, flute), Vincent Bruyninckx (p), Michel Hatzigeorgiou (el. bass) and Bruno Castellucci (drs). Some of them played a lot with Toots, like Michel Herr himself, who dug into the master's repertoire to illustrate his decisive musical encounters, his contributions to film music and his compositions.
Michel Herr was in charge of the musical supervision and wrote some respectful arrangements for the occasion. (Feb. 28, 2017).

More recording sessions for the project of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman + chamber orchestra, arranged by Michel Herr
On February 10 & 17, 2018, two more recording sessions took place for the upcoming album of Belgian saxophonist Fabrice Alleman + chamber orchestra. Philip Catherine added his guitar and Ingrid Procureur her harp. The recordings are now almost completed. With one exception, Michel Herr wrote all the arrangements. (Feb. 18, 2017).

Jan. 29, 2017 : an interview of Michel Herr about Toots Thielemans on VRT radio 1 (B)
On January 29, 2017, on VRT radio 1, in "Time out" (around 22:00-22:30), Michael Robberechts will air an interview of Michel Herr talking (in French) about the late Toots Thielemans, with whom he played for many years.
The interview is temporarily available as a Podcast. (Jan. 27, 2017).

Another recording session for the project of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman + chamber orchestra, arranged by Michel Herr
On January 21st, 2017, Michel Herr was in the Dada studio in Brussels to supervize another recording session for the upcoming album of Belgian saxophonist Fabrice Alleman + chamber orchestra. Wind instruments overdubs (flutes, oboe/English horn, bass clarinet, French horns, members of the Quartz Ensemble) were completed. The music was composed by the saxophonist and by Michel Herr, who wrote most of the arrangements. (Jan. 22, 2017).

Michel Herr working on a tribute to Toots Thielemans
On February 26, 2017, a double concert will pay a tribute to the late Toots Thielemans in Brussels (Karreveld Castle in Molenbeek, upon reservation, see here. Some top Belgian musicians will participate : Philip Catherine (gt), Bert Joris (tp), Steve Houben (sax, flute), Vincent Bruyninckx (p), Michel Hatzigeorgiou (el. bass) and Bruno Castellucci (drs).
Michel Herr is in charge of the musical supervision. (Jan. 10, 2017).

Third recording session for the project of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman + chamber orchestra, arranged by Michel Herr
On November 1st, 2016, Michel Herr supervized the third recording session (at Dada Studio in Brussels) for the upcoming album of Belgian saxophonist Fabrice Alleman. This time, the session was devoted to some wind instruments overdubs (flutes, oboe/English horn, bass clarinet, French horns, members of the Quartz Ensemble). The music was composed by the saxophonist and by Michel Herr, who wrote all the arrangements for this session. (Nov. 2, 2016).

A piece by Michel Herr selected by ECSA to be played by the Big Band RTV Slovenia
The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) organized on September 28, 2016 in Lublijana (Slovenia) a concert in the framework of its international ECCO project featuring big band music written by European composers. Michel Herr's piece "Springboard" was selected by a special jury to be part of the program, next to pieces by composers from the UK, Norway, Croatia, Finland, Poland, Slovenia, all played by the Big Band RTV Slovenia, led by Sigi Feigl. (Sept. 29, 2016).

Michel Herr has written an arrangement for saxophonist Steve Houben and a string quartet
Michel Herr wrote an arrangement on a composition by saxophonist Steve Houben titled "The road to Granada", which was premiered on September 9, 2016, during the Verviers Jazz Festival (B). It is a piece for a jazz quartet and a string quartet. (Sept. 10, 2016).

Michel Herr writes a new arrangement for Philip Catherine and "the String Project", as a tribute to Toots Thielemans
Guitarist Philip Catherine asked Michel Herr to write a new arrangement for his String Project (album Philip Catherine, the String Project, live in Brussels) for the concerts scheduled for September 2016. It is an arrangement on Toots Thielemans' "Hard to say goodbye", ment to be a tribute to the recently deceased jazz legend, whom Michel accompanied for almost 20 years. (Sept. 5, 2016).

Second recording session for the project of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman + chamber orchestra, arranged by Michel Herr
On August 31, 2016, Michel Herr supervised the second recording session (at Dada Studio in Brussels) for the upcoming album of Belgian saxophonist Fabrice Alleman. In this session, the strings of the Orchestre de Chambre de Liège and the saxophonist were supported by a rhythm section composed of Vincent Bruyninckx (p), Sam Gerstmans (double bass) and Frédéric Jacquemin (drs). The music was composed by the saxophonist and by Michel Herr, who wrote all the arrangements for this session.
The album should be released in October 2017 by the Cyprès label (B). (Sept. 1, 2016).

Sept. 3 & 4, 2016 : 2 more concerts of Philip Catherine and "the String Project", feat. 3 arrangements by Michel Herr
Here are two new concert dates for the String Project of guitarist Philip Catherine (album Philip Catherine, the String Project, live in Brussels) :
- September 3, 2016 : Antwerp, Openluchttheater Rivierhof (20:30).
- September 4, 2016 : Tournai, Cathedral (18:00).
Michel Herr wrote 3 arrangements for this project. (August 17, 2016).

First recording session for the project of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman + chamber orchestra & guests, arranged by Michel Herr
Michel Herr supervised the first recording session (at Dada Studio in Brussels) for an upcoming album of Belgian saxophonist Fabrice Alleman. In this first session, the strings of the Orchestre de Chambre de Liège and the saxophonist were associated with an international line-up : Fred Favarel (gt, F), Philip Catherine (gt), Minino Garay (percussion, Argentina), Vincent Bruyninckx (p), Sam Gerstmans (double bass) and Frédéric Jacquemin (drs). The music was composed by the saxophonist, by Michel Herr and by Lalo Zanini (Argentina). Michel Herr wrote almost all the arrangements, and the music creates bridges between jazz, Irish music and percussions from Argentina. Very promising. More recording sessions are planned, also with the addition of wind instruments.
The album should be released in September 2017 by the Cyprès label (B). (July 4, 2016).

Philip Catherine receives an "Echo Jazz Awards" for the album "the String Project", feat. 3 arrangements by Michel Herr
On May 28, 2016, guitarist Philip Catherine received a prestigious "Echo Jazz Award" in Germany for his album Philip Catherine, the String Project, live in Brussels. Michel Herr wrote 3 arrangements for this project and was in charge of the musical supervision of the album. (May 30, 2016).

Michel Herr currently writing for saxophonist Fabrice Alleman and chamber orchestra
Michel Herr is currently writing some arrangements for an upcoming recording of Belgian saxophonist Fabrice Alleman. The project will involve international jazz musicians and a chamber orchestra (the strings of the Orchestre de Chambre de Liège + woodwinds, horns, etc...). Rehearsals have started. A first recording session is going to take place in Brussels at the end of June 2016. (May 27, 2016).

May 21, 2016 : Michel Herr conducts his music with the Bravo Big Band again, during the Brussels Jazz Marathon
On May 21, 2016 (5 p.m.), Michel Herr conducted the Bravo Big Band once more, in a program of his compositions. It was a nice concert, organized in the context of the Brussels Jazz Marathon (at the Bravo in Brussels). (May 22, 2016).


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April 30, 2016 : Michel Herr conducts his music with the Bravo Big Band, special radio broadcast
On April 30, 2016, Michel Herr conducted the Bravo Big Band at the Sounds in Brussels. The concert was a special event organized in the context of the International Jazz Day, the 40th anniversary of "Les Lundis d'Hortense" (the Belgian association of jazz musicians) and the 30th anniversary of the club.
RTBF Radio Musiq3 aired a 5 hour long radio show entirely devoted to Michel's music, starting with 2 hours of interviews of Michel commenting his multiple albums, followed by the concert with the Bravo Big Band, which played exclusively Michel's compositions. See some photos. (May 1, 2016).

New cd : "Manu Comté & B' Strings Quintet : Homilia", title track arranged by Michel Herr
Just released on the Avanti Classic label, the album "Homilia" by bandoneon player Manu Comté, who is a brilliant illustrator of the "New Tango" style. The title track, "Homilia", composed by Manu Comté, was arranged by Michel Herr for bandoneon, guitar (Tomás Gubitsch, who played with Astor Piazzola) and the B' Strings Quintet. See a photo of the recording session. (April 18, 2016).

Michel Herr rehearses his music with the Bravo Big Band
On April 3, 2016, Michel Herr rehearsed his music with the Bravo Big Band, for a concert which will take place on April 30, 2016 at the Sounds in Brussels. More details on that very special evening soon. (April 5, 2016).

Also nominated at the "Echo Jazz Awards 2016" (B), the album "Philip Catherine : the String Project"
We learn that now, the album Philip Catherine, the String Project, live in Brussels is among the nominees in the category "international guitarist" at the prestigious Echo Jazz Awards in Germany. (Feb. 22, 2016).

Nominated at the "Octaves de la Musique 2016" (B), the album "Philip Catherine : the String Project"
The album Philip Catherine, the String Project, live in Brussels is among the nominees in the category "jazz albums" at the "Octaves de la Musique 2016" (a Belgian award). Michel Herr wrote 3 arrangements and was in charge of the artistic supervision of the album. (Feb. 17, 2016).

New website : Jazz Tunes Belgium, lead sheets of Belgian jazz composers
Just launched on the web, the site Jazz Tunes Belgium features a large selection of sheet music (lead sheets in pdf) written by Belgian jazz composers from WW II until today. This non-profit initiative will be a useful tool for musicians, music students, teachers and music lovers in general. Michel Herr was a driving force behind the project, as he was involved in the conception, development and contributed many musical transcriptions. (Jan. 16, 2016).

The movie "Just Friends" (music by Michel Herr) screened during the Brussels Jazz Festival
The Belgian movie "Just Friends" (Marc-Henri Wajnberg, 1993) will be screened several times at Flagey (Studio 5) during the Brussels Jazz Festival. Michel Herr was the musical director, composer and arranger of the soundtrack, which features numerous Belgian and European jazz musicians, as well as US saxophonist Archie Shepp.
A rare opportunity to see this amazing movie, in which jazz plays a major role. The exact dates :

  • Jan. 13, 2016 (17:30)
  • Jan. 17 (17:30)
  • Jan. 19 (21:30)
  • Feb. 2 (19:30)
    (Jan. 4, 2016).

    2 more concerts with Philip Catherine and the String Project, feat. 3 arrangements by Michel Herr
    2 more opportunities, no to be missed, to hear guitarist Philip Catherine and his String Project, as recorded on the album Philip Catherine the String Project, live in Brussels. Guitarist Philip Catherine plays his compositions with the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, conducted by Frank Braley, plus his quartet (Nicola Andrioli, p, Philippe Aerts, b. and Hans Van Oosterhout on drums) and guest bassist/guitarist Nicolas Fiszman. Michel Herr wrote 3 arrangements for this project. The dates :
  • Dec. 17, 2015 (20:30) : De Roma in Antwerp (B)
  • Dec. 19, 2015 (20:15) : C-Mine in Genk (B)
    (Dec. 10, 2015).

    Nov. 24, 2015 : "Steve Houben & Michel Herr present the Real Sax Section" in Dinant (B)
    On November 24, 2015, one can hear the project "Steve Houben & Michel Herr present the Real Sax Section" at the Cultural Center of Dinant (B). The project features 5 jazz saxophonists (Steve Houben, Pierrick Pédron from France, Fabrice Alleman, Kenny Jeanney and Julien Delbrouck) supported by the trio of pianist Nathalie Loriers (with Philippe Aerts on bass and Antoine Pierre on drums). Michel Herr wrote all the arrangements. (Nov. 16, 2015).

    Oct. 13, 2015 : "Steve Houben & Michel Herr present the Real Sax Section" in Mouscron (B), Tourcoing Jazz Festival (F)
    On October 13, 2015, a new opportunity to hear the project "Steve Houben & Michel Herr present the Real Sax Section" was offered by the Cultural Center of Mouscron (B), in the framework of the Tourcoing Jazz Festival (F). The project features 5 jazz saxophonists (Steve Houben, Pierrick Pédron from France, Fabrice Alleman, Kenny Jeanney and Julien Delbrouck) supported by the trio of pianist Nathalie Loriers (with Philippe Aerts on bass and Antoine Pierre on drums).
    Michel Herr wrote all the arrangements, and there were a couple of new ones premiered during this very successful evening.
    (Oct. 14, 2015).

    New cd : "Philip Catherine : the String Project, live in Brussels", feat. 3 arrangements by Michel Herr
    Just released on the German label Act Records, the album Philip Catherine the String Project, live in Brussels, featuring compositions by guitarist Philip Catherine played with the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, conducted by Frank Braley, plus his quartet (Nicola Andrioli, p, Philippe Aerts, b. and Hans Van Oosterhout on drums) and guest bassist/guitarist Nicolas Fiszman.
    Michel Herr wrote 3 arrangements and was in charge of the artistic supervision of the album. (Sept. 25, 2015).

    New album by saxophonist Filippo Bianchini includes "Pretext", by Michel Herr
    Just released on the September label, an album of the Italian saxophonist Filippo Bianchini, titled "Disorder at the border" (Sept 5181), featuring an Italian-Belgian line-up (Nicola Andrioli, piano, Jean-Louis Rassinfosse, bass and Armando Luongo, drums).
    The album includes "Pretext", a composition by Michel Herr. (Sept. 18, 2015).

    Da Romeo's live dvd being mixed, with strings arranged by Michel Herr
    We learn from his Facebook page that bassist Da Romeo is working on the editing of a video dvd recorded live in Brussels. The electric bassist and bandleader, who delivers some solid jazz-funk, presented a band with numerous international guests : Paco Sery, Dré Pallemaerts, Arnaud Renaville (drs), Rosario Giuliani, Christophe Panzani (sax), Stéphane Edouard, David Donatien (perc.), Alex Tassel (fluegelhorn), Yael Naïm (voc.), Eric Legnini, Bert Gielen (kb), Julien Tassin (gt), Hicham Bilali (Guembri), Africancuts Amamzulu (turntables). Michel Herr wrote some string arrangements and can be seen conducting them. On the left, on Youtube, an example, with "Incompreso" (Romeo/Herr). (Sept. 12, 2015).

    Bandoneon player Manu Comté has recorded an arrangement by Michel Herr
    During this summer, bandoneon player Manu Comté has recorded his composition "Homilia". The piece, which is close to the universe of the modern tango music of Piazzola, was arranged by Michel Herr for bandoneon, guitar (Tomás Gubitsch, who played with Astor Piazzola) and string quintet (B' Strings). It will be included in an album to be released by Avanti Classic in April 2016.
    See a photo of the recording session. (August 12, 2015).

    Philip Catherine & Strings on the RTBF tv news
    On Youtube, here is a short coverage by RTBF tv (in French) of the concert that guitarist Philip Catherine gave with the strings of the ORCW in Mons (B), on July 9, 2015. Musical excerpts include a few seconds from a couple of arrangements by Michel Herr. (Aug. 1, 2015).

    New on this site : sheet music
    We have added a new section to this site, which may be of interest for musicians : Sheet music. It can be accessed via the navigation menu of the homepage. The page lists compositions by Michel Herr. It includes a selection of lead sheets (pdf) and a listing of big band compositions. (July 17, 2015).

    July 9, 2015 : Philip Catherine & Strings in Mons (B)
    On July 9, 2015, in the framework of "Festival au Carré/Mons 2015", under the title "Crossover", a concert alternating classical music and jazz will be proposed. You will have a new opportunity to hear some compositions by guitarist Philip Catherine with the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, conducted by Frank Braley, plus his quartet (Nicola Andrioli, p, Philippe Aerts, b. and Hans Van Oosterhout on drums) and guest bassist/guitarist Nicolas Fiszman. A couple of string arrangements by Michel Herr will be part of the program, as well as an arrangement he just did on "Hello, George", a duo with classical violinist Augustin Dumay.
    (June 28, 2015).

    The "Real Book Belgium" includes a composition by Michel Herr
    The "Real Book Belgium" is a sheet music collection of Belgian jazz compositions (and some contemporary open form music, too). It includes one composition by Michel Herr : "Beauty where it is". It is an initiative of the Fédération des Jeunesses Musicales Wallonie-Bruxelles (Youth & Music), of Lundis d'Hortense and Noodik Productions. See the web page (in French). (May 22, 2015).

    Down Beat's positive review of "Graphicology", played in New York's Lincoln Center by the Brussels Jazz Orchestra
    About "Smiling", composed by Michel Herr, Downbeat, the famous US jazz magazine wrote : "The music was once again a seamless match with images, the story producing a happy ending with more bright colors from yet another truly varied score" (John Ephland). See a photo. (April 30, 2015).

    April 30, 2015 : Michel Herr's live interview on RTBF Musiq3 radio
    On the occasion of the International Jazz Day, Michel Herr has been invited by RTBF Musiq3 radio for an interview on April 30th, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. in the program "Matinales' hosted by Camille De Rijcke. (April 25, 2015).

    Michel Herr wrote an arrangement for bandoneon player Manu Comté + guitar & strings
    Michel Herr just completed the writing of an arrangement on Manu Comté's composition "Homilia", for bandoneon, guitar (Tomás Gubitsch, who played with Astor Piazzola) and string quintet (B' Strings). The piece, which is close to the universe of the modern tango music of Piazzola, should be recorded in the summer for an album. (April 20, 2015).

    April 18, 2015 : guitarist Philip Catherine & the ORCW in Colmar (F), playing some arrangements by Michel Herr
    On April 18, 2015, guitarist Philip Catherine performs at the "Festival Musique et Culture 2015 de Colmar" (F) with pianist Nicola Andrioli and the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, conducted by Frank Braley. The programme includes a couple of arrangements written by Michel Herr. (April 18, 2015).

    Mix done
    The mixing of the live cd of guitarist Philip Catherine with the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie has now been completed. Details below. (April 16, 2015).

    Mixing a live cd of guitarist Philip Catherine & Strings
    Michel Herr is currently working in a recording studio on the editing and mixing a live cd of guitarist Philip Catherine, who plays his compositions with the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, conducted by Frank Braley, and his quartet (Nicola Andrioli, p, Philippe Aerts, b. and Hans Van Oosterhout on drums) plus guest bassist/guitarist Nicolas Fiszman.
    3 new arrangements by Michel Herr are part of the program. The album should be released in the fall on the Act record label (D).
    (April 1, 2015).

    The Brussels Jazz Orchestra presents its "Graphicology" project in Scandinavia and the US
    In February 2015, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra presents "Graphicology" in Sweden and in Denmark, in March 2015 in the US. The project combines jazz big band music played by the band and Belgian comic strips in the form of short films depicting stories from the jazz world. Michel's music supports "Smilin", with drawings by Philip Paquet.
  • Feb. 11, 2015 : Palladium, Malmö (S)
  • Feb. 12, 2015 : Black Diamond (Royal Library), Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • March 19, 2015 : Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State, University Park PA (USA)
  • March 20, 21 & 23, 2015 : Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, JALC, New York (USA). See a photo. (February 9, 2015).

    Michel Herr wrote the new version of "Colors of Time", by Thierry Lang & David Linx, for chamber orchestra & jazz players
    Michel Herr has completed the writing of the new version of the Colors of Time project (Music by Thierry Lang, lyrics by David Linx, a suite in 13 parts arranged by Michel Herr), featuring 5 jazzmen (David Linx, Thierry Lang, Matthieu Michel, Heiri Känzig and André Ceccarelli), this time for the 5 jazzmen and a chamber orchestra (strings, woodwinds and horns). (February 2, 2015).

    February 6 & 7, 2015 : Philip Catherine & Strings on Canvas tv (B)
    The Belgian tv station Canvas will air an hour long program showing large excerpts from the concert "Philip Catherine & Strings", featuring guitarist Philip Catherine, playing his compositions with the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, conducted by Frank Braley, and his quartet and guest (see below).
    Hopefully, some arrangements by Michel Herr will be included in the selection.
    Dates to write down : Feb. 6, 2015 (22:35) and Feb. 7 (17:40). (January 27, 2015).

    Jan. 13, 2015 : guitarist Philip Catherine & Strings, a magical evening
    On January 13, 2015, the opening concert of the Brussels Jazz Festival featured guitarist Philip Catherine, playing his compositions with the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, conducted by Frank Braley, and his quartet (Nicola Andrioli, p, Philippe Aerts, b. and Hans Van Oosterhout on drums) plus guest bassist/guitarist Nicolas Fiszman.
    3 new arrangements by Michel Herr were part of the program. This magical evening was recorded by VRT Television. See some photos. (January 14, 2015).

    Michel Herr writes string arrangements for guitarist Philip Catherine
    Michel Herr is currently writing 3 string arrangements for guitarist/composer Philip Catherine for the opening concert of the Brussels Jazz Festival on January 13, 2015 (at Flagey, more infos here). This exceptional concert will feature Philip, his guitar and his compositions, his quartet and guests, and the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, conducted by Frank Braley. (December 1, 2014).

    Nov. 20, 2014 : the Brussels Jazz Orchestra presents its "Graphicology" project in Hungary
    On November 20, 2014, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra presents "Graphicology" in Hungary (in Pecs, Kodaly Center, 7:30 p.m.), a project which combines jazz big band music played by the band and Belgian comic strips in the form of short films depicting stories from the jazz world. Michel's music supports "Smilin", with drawings by Philip Paquet. (November 10, 2014).
    On Youtube, excerpts of "An American Songbook", arrangements by Michel Herr
    On Youtube (see on the left), you can watch some excerpts from the project "An American Songbook" recorded during the premiere concert. The programme consists of American standard songs arranged by Michel Herr and performed by jazz saxophonist Steve Houben, lyrical soprano singer Julie Mossay, the trio of pianist Nathalie Loriers (with Philippe Aerts on bass and Rick Hollander, drums), + the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie. (Oct. 21, 2014).

    Michel Herr rearranging "Colors of Time", by Thierry Lang & David Linx, for chamber orchestra & jazz players
    Michel Herr is currently working on a new version of the Colors of Time project (Music by Thierry Lang, lyrics by David Linx, a suite in 13 parts arranged by Michel Herr), featuring 5 jazzmen (David Linx, Thierry Lang, Matthieu Michel, Heiri Känzig and André Ceccarelli), not with choir anymore, but this time with a chamber orchestra (strings, woodwinds and horns). (Oct. 6, 2014).

    A Toots Thielemans reissue "Yesterday & Today" features 1 track with Michel Herr
    Released some time ago, a Toots Thielemans compilation featuring various line-ups include ones track ("Midnight sun") in which Michel Herr plays keyboards. The double album is titled "Yesterday and Today" and the track features US vocalist Dee Daniels.
    (Sept. 23, 2014).

    Sept. 13, 2014 : "Steve Houben & Michel Herr present the Real Sax Section" at the Toots Jazz Festival (B)
    On September 13, 2014, during the first edition of the Toots Jazz Festival in La Hulpe (B), one could listen to the new project "Steve Houben & Michel Herr present the Real Sax Section". It features 5 jazz saxophonists (Steve Houben, Pierrick Pédron from France, Fabrice Alleman, Kenny Jeanney and Julien Delbrouck) supported by the trio of pianist Nathalie Loriers (with Philippe Aerts on bass and Rick Hollander on drums).
    Michel Herr wrote all the arrangements, and on the occasion of this performance, he was asked to write a new arrangement on "Bluesette", the famous composition by Toots Thielemans, to whom this festival pays a tribute, organized in his hometown.
    (Sept. 14, 2014).

    Aug. 15 & 16, 2014 : the Brussels Jazz Orchestra presents its "Graphicology" project in Serbia
    The Brussels Jazz Orchestra presents "Graphicology" in Serbia, a project which combines jazz big band music played by the band and Belgian comic strips in the form of short films depicting stories from the jazz world.
    Michel's music supports "Smilin", with drawings by Philip Paquet.
  • Aug. 15, 2014 : Nis (Nisville Jazz Festival)
  • Aug. 16, 2014 : Belgrade
    (August 9, 2014).

    Aug. 3, 2014 : Premiere of the project "Steve Houben & Michel Herr present the Real Sax Section"
    On August 3, 2014, the abbey of Stavelot (B) saw the premiere concert of the new project "Steve Houben & Michel Herr present the Real Sax Section", with 5 jazz saxophonists (Steve Houben, Pierrick Pédron from France, Fabrice Alleman, Kenny Jeanney and Julien Delbrouck) supported by the trio of pianist Nathalie Loriers (with Philippe Aerts on bass and Antoine Pierre on drums).
    Michel Herr wrote all the arrangements. The concert took place in the framework of the Festival de Wallonie and received an enthusiastic response. (August 5, 2014).

    July 28, 2014 : Michel Herr interviewed on Radio Sausalito (USA)
    On July 28, 2014 (9 a.m. US Pacific, 18:00 Belgian time), Michel Herr was the guest of "Radio Sausalito", a American radio station based near San Franscisco which only plays jazz music. The 1 hour interview could also be heard via streaming here. (July 28, 2014).

    May 24, 2014 : Michel Herr in the jury of the International Big Band Competition (NL)
    On May 24, 2014, Michel Herr was invited to be a member of the jury of the International Big Band Competition (Hoofddorp, NL).
    The event took place in the context of the Meer Jazz Festival. For the semi-finals, his colleague in the jury was big band drummer Cees Kranenburg (NL).
    For the finals, he was a member of the international jury, composed of US pianist/composer/arranger Kenny Werner and the Dutch bass trombone player Erik van Lier (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band, Peter Herbolzheimer, etc...). See a photo of this jury.
    (May 25, 2014).

    May 18, 2014 : a fascinating premiere for the project "An American Songbook"
    In Mons (B), on May 18, 2014, the project "An American Songbook" was performed for the first time, with considerable success. No microphones, purely acoustic music, magical moments in front of a full house, an enthusiastic audience which demanded an encore. The programme consisted of American standard songs arranged by Michel Herr and performed by jazz saxophonist Steve Houben, lyrical soprano singer Julie Mossay, the trio of pianist Nathalie Loriers (with Philippe Aerts on bass and Rick Hollander, drums), plus the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie. See some photos of the concert. (May 18, 2014).

    "Tribute to Adolphe Sax / Steve Houben & Michel Herr present the Real Sax Section"
    Michel Herr has completed the writing of the arrangements for a jazz project which will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the instrument which carries his name. The event will feature 5 jazz saxophonists (Steve Houben, Pierrick Pédron from France, Fabrice Alleman, Kenny Jeanney and Julien Delbrouck) supported by the trio of pianist Nathalie Loriers (with Philippe Aerts on bass and Antoine Pierre on drums).
    The concert will take place on August 3, 2014, in Stavelot (B). It is an event organized by the Festival de Wallonie (more infos and detailed programme : here). (April 5, 2014).

    Two more dates for "Colors of Time", by Thierry Lang, featuring David Linx, a suite arranged by Michel Herr
    Soon in Switzerland, two new opportunities to hear live the unique Colors of Time project (Music by Thierry Lang, lyrics by David Linx, arrangements by Michel Herr), featuring 5 jazzmen (David Linx, Thierry Lang, Matthieu Michel, Heiri Känzig and André Ceccarelli), a choir (The Accroche-Choeur) and the strings of the Orchestre de Chambre de Fribourg (CH), conducted by Jean-Claude Fasel. More than 70 musicians and singers on stage !
    - March 15, 2014 : Theatre l'Octogone in Pully (CH)
    - March 20, 2014 : Theatre du Crochetan, Monthey (CH)
    (March 6, 2014).

    More dates for the "Graphicology" project with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra
    Here are new opportunities to hear the "Graphicology" project, which combines jazz big band music played by the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and Belgian comic strips in the form of short films depicting stories from the jazz world.
    Michel's music supports "Smilin", with drawings by Philip Paquet.
  • March 11, 2014 : Bruges (20:00), Stadschouwburg
  • March 14, 2014 : Mouscron (20:30), Centre Culturel
  • May 3, 2014 : Ghent, University (20:00)
    (March 2, 2014).

    Trombonist Phil Abraham plays 2 arrangements by Michel Herr, with Big Band 86
    On February 27, 2014, the Big Band 86 (led by trombonist Marc Godfroid) invited trombonist Phil Abraham as a guest soloist for a concert in Geraardsbergen (B). Phil played a.o. two arrangements written by Michel Herr on compositions by the trombonist.
    (Feb. 28, 2014).

    "An American Songbook" : Michel Herr has completed the writing of all the arrangements
    Michel Herr has just completed the writing of all the arrangements for the project "An American Songbook", a programme of American standard songs which will be performed by jazz saxophonist Steve Houben, lyrical soprano singer Julie Mossay, the trio of pianist Nathalie Loriers (with Philippe Aerts on bass and Rick Hollander, drums), plus the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie.
    Michel Herr revisited a selection of classic songs, by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Rodgers/Hart, Jerome Kern, Joni Mitchell and more. The premiere is to take place in Mons (B) on May 18, 2014 (11 a.m. Auditorium Abel Dubois). Details : HERE.
    (January 11, 2014).

    Dec. 26, 2013 : Michel Herr conducts the Big Band 86 playing his music
    On December 26, 2013, Michel Herr was invited by the Big Band 86 (led by trombonist Marc Godfroid) to conduct a selection of his compositions in Geraardsbergen (B). (December 27, 2013).

    "Changing faces", the album of David Linx with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra has been remixed and remastered
    The album "Changing faces", of the singer David Linx with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, has been remixed and remastered (by Gyuri Spies). Michel Herr wrote and conducted a suite built upon "Black Crow", a song by Joni Mitchell. It is available on iTunes.
    (Dec. 24, 2013).

    The Fabrice Alleman Quartet in Vietnam with the "Philharmonique de Hanoi" playing arrangements by Michel Herr

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    On November 29 and 30, 2013, saxophonist Fabrice Alleman took his quartet (with Vincent Bruyninckx, piano, Reggie Washington, bass and Mimi Verderame on drums) to Hanoi in Vietnam, for 2 concerts with the "Philharmonique de Hanoi" conducted by Pham Ngoc Khôi.
    Michel Herr wrote most of the arrangements and a couple of compositions.
    (November 30, 2013).

    Release of the cd "Pushing forward" of the Holland Big Band with recordings supervised by Michel Herr
    On November 22, 2013 (20:30), a concert at the Bim Huis in Amsterdam marked the release of the album "Push forward" of the Holland Big Band. The recording was supervised by Michel in the studio Fattoria Musica in Osnabrück (Germany). (November 23, 2013).

    "An American Songbook" : Michel Herr is currently writing a series of arrangements
    Michel Herr has already written half of a dozen arrangements for the project "an American Songbook", a programme of American standard songs which will be performed by jazz saxophonist Steve Houben, lyrical soprano singer Julie Mossay, the trio of pianist Nathalie Loriers (with Philippe Aerts on bass and Rick Hollander, drums), plus the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie (they commissioned the project).
    The premiere is to take place in Mons on May 18, 2014. (November 9, 2013).

    The new cd/dvd of the West Music Club Big Band (B) includes an arrangement by Michel Herr, feat. vocalist Chrystel Wautier
    The new cd/dvd of the West Music Club Big Band (B), titled "Natural," includes an arrangement by Michel Herr on "Gone with the wind", sung by vocalist Chrystel Wautier. (Oct. 18, 2013).

    The Univers Jazz Big Band (F) plays 2 arrangements by Michel Herr, featuring trombonist Phil Abraham
    On September 28, 2013, the Univers Jazz Big Band (F) invited trombonist Phil Abraham as a guest soloist for a concert in Cuincy (F).
    Phil played a.o. two arrangements written by Michel Herr on his own compositions, including the premiere public performance of a brand new arrangement Michel wrote on his piece "Degustation". (Sept. 29, 2013).

    Michel Herr supervised the recordings of an upcoming album of the Holland Big Band
    On September 8 & 9, 2013, Michel was in a recording studio in Germany (Fattoria Musica in Osnabrück), acting as the musical supervisor of the recording sessions of the upcoming album of the Holland Big Band. One of the top Dutch professional big bands, the Holland Big Band played music by members of the band, arranged by top Dutch arrangers. See some photos.
    The album will be titled "Push forward" and a release concert will take place on November 22, 2013 (20:30), at the Bim Huis in Amsterdam (NL). (Sept. 10, 2013).

    Premiere of a string arrangement written by Michel Herr for Sam Vloemans and Mike Roelofs
    On August 28, 2013, trumpet player Sam Vloemans (born in Curaçao) presented a selection of his compositions arranged for his duo with pianist Mike Roelofs and the Walter Boeykens Ensemble (a string quintet). One of the arrangements was penned by Michel Herr.
    The theme for the whole Bornem Festival was an hommage to the late classical clarinet virtuoso Walter Boeykens.
    (August 31, 2013).

    July 14, 2013 on Canvas TV (B) : Michel Herr conducting the Brussels Jazz Orchestra (20th anniversary concert)
    In March 2013, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra celebrated its 20th anniversary with a series of concerts in Belgium. 4 full houses, 4 standing ovations !
    One of those concerts will be broadcasted by Canvas tv (B) on July 14, 2013 (16:30).
    Michel Herr was one of the special guests and conducted a few of his compositions and arrangements (a.o. one written for vocalist David Linx).
    (July 7, 2013).


    June 30 : Premiere of Michel Herr's arrangements for saxophonist Steve Houben and the Orchestre à cordes du Festival Musiq'3
    On June 30, 2013, during the Festival Musiq'3 (Brussels), saxophonist Steve Houben (and a jazz quartet) premiered 3 new arrangements for strings written by Michel Herr on 3 songs by George Gershwin and Cole Porter, with the Orchestre à cordes du Festival Musiq'3, conducted by Alan Brind, with classical flute player Toon Fret as a guest.
    Following the success of the afternoon concert, the program was played once more during the final concert of the festival, which was composed of some of the finest moments of the festival.
    During a few days, you can listen to both podcasts on the RTBF radio website : here (afternoon), starting at 2147 and here (evening), starting at 1764. (July 1st, 2013)


    Arrangements for Steve Houben, Julie Mossay, Nathalie Loriers Trio and the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie
    Michel Herr has just received a new commission, to write a dozen of arrangements on the theme "an American Songbook", a programme of American standard songs which will be performed by jazz saxophonist Steve Houben, lyrical soprano singer Julie Mossay, the trio of pianist Nathalie Loriers (with Philippe Aerts on bass and Rick Hollander, drums), plus the strings of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie (they commissioned the project).
    The premiere is to take place in Mons on May 18, 2014. (May 6, 2013).

    The album "Colors of Time" available on the iTunes store
    The album "Colors of Time" is now available as a download on the iTunes Store. (April 13, 2013).

    April 2013 : Michel Herr is writing arrangements for saxophonist Steve Houben and the Orchestre à cordes du Festival Musiq'3
    Michel Herr is currently writing three arrangements on great American standards (by George Gershwin and Cole Porter), which will be premiered on June 30, 2013 at 13:00 at Flagey's Studio 4 (Brussels), during the Festival Musiq'3, by saxophonist Steve Houben (and a jazz quartet with a.o. Jacques Pirotton on guitar) and the Orchestre à cordes du Festival Musiq'3 (an initiative of violinist Shirly Laub) conducted by Alan Brind , with classical flute player Toon Fret as a guest. More details here. (April 10, 2013).

    April 2013 : an arrangement of Michel Herr for trombonist Phil Abraham on an album of the Univers Jazz Big Band (F)
    The Univers Jazz Big Band (F) has released a new album, "Univers Jazz s'invite", on which trombone player Phil Abraham plays Michel Herr's arrangement on Phil's composition "Autumn in Forest". (April 6, 2013).


    April 3, 2013 : Michel Herr invited in the radio show "Jazz" on Musiq3 (RTBF, B)
    On April 3, 2013 as of 6:00 p.m., Michel Herr was Philippe Baron's guest during his radio show "Jazz" on Musiq3 (RTBF radio), on the occasion of the release of the album "Colors of Time", for which he wrote all the arrangements.
    In the next few days, you can listen to the podcast (Jazz 2013-04-03). (April 3, 2013).

    March 2013 : Michel Herr participates in the 20th anniversary concerts of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra
    The Brussels Jazz Orchestra celebrated its 20th anniversary with a series of concerts in Belgium from March 21 through 28, 2013.
    An incredibly dense set, 4 times a full house, 4 standing ovations !
    The "casting" was amazing : the band invited some outstanding guests for the occasion : Tutu Puoane and David Linx (vocals), Philip Catherine (guitar), Bert Joris (tp, comp/arr), and Michel Herr was featured as a conductor of a few of his compositions and arrangements (one written for David Linx).
    The last concert was recorded for VRT Canvas television (B).
    See a photo, a video (VRT tv news, in Dutch) and a review (in French) in Le Soir "The perfect concert of the BJO with guests".
    Michel has frequently collaborated with this excellent big band, a.o. for his double album "The Music of Michel Herr", and also on other projects, such as Graphicology and David Linx's "Changing Faces" album. (March 29, 2013).


    New cd "Thierry Lang featuring David Linx : Colors of Time", a suite arranged by Michel Herr
    Just released, the album "Colors of Time", featuring the 13 arrangements written by Michel Herr on the compositions by the Swiss pianist Thierry Lang, with lyrics by David Linx.
    This exceptional project features 5 jazzmen (David Linx, Thierry Lang, Matthieu Michel, Heiri Känzig and André Ceccarelli), a choir (The Accroche-Choeur) and the strings of the Orchestre de Chambre de Fribourg (CH), conducted by Jean-Claude Fasel.
    More than 70 musicians and singers ! (February 24, 2013).


    February 23, 2013 : resounding success for "Colors of time" in Romont (CH)
    On February 23, 2013, at the Bicubic Hall in Romont (Switzerland), a concert took place on the occasion of the release of the album of Thierry Lang/David Linx's "Colors of time" project, featuring 13 arrangements penned by Michel Herr (see above). A full house and an enthusiastic audience. (February 24, 2013).

    February 19, 2013 : the movie "Just Friends" (music by Michel Herr) screened at the Cinémathèque in Brussels
    The Belgian movie "Just Friends" (Marc-Henri Wajnberg, 1993) will be screened at the Cinémathèque in Brussels on February 19, 2013 (7 p.m.). Michel Herr was the musical director, composer and arranger of the soundtrack, which features numerous Belgian and European jazz musicians, as well as US saxophonist Archie Shepp.
    A rare opportunity to see this amazing movie, in which jazz plays a major role. (Feb. 18, 2013).

    Michel Herr's big band music played all over the world
    Many big bands have performed Michel Herr's compositions and arrangements in recent months, in France, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, the U.K. etc...
    And it is apparently going to continue in 2013, for example as two Swiss big bands announced their intention to include some pieces by Michel Herr in their concert programme : the Trigger Concert Big Band and the Big Band Kanti Wattwil (Best Swiss Youth Big Band in 2009 and 2011). (January 23, 2013).

    Listen to the double album "The Music of Michel Herr" on Deezer
    You can listen to the whole double album "The Music of Michel Herr" (with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra) on the Deezer web site. See here (However, there might be some differences from country to country). (December 25, 2012).

    A long interview of Michel Herr in the magazine "Groovetendances" (for iPhone & iPad)
    In its December 2012 issue (#9, in French), the magazine "Groovetendances" publishes a long interview of Michel Herr (in French). Groovetendances is a free music magazine only available for iPhone and iPad, and the app can be downloaded via the Apple iTunes Store, see here. (December 17, 2012).

    Mixing of "Colors of time" underway
    The recordings of the "Colors of time" project are currently being mixed. Compositions by Thierry Lang, lyrics by David Linx, featuring 5 jazzmen, choir (The Accroche-Choeur) and the strings of the Orchestre de Chambre de Fribourg (CH), with 13 arrangements by Michel Herr).
    The album should be released in February 2013. (December 14, 2012).

    November 19, 2012 : a documentary on Toots Thielemans on VRT Canvas tv, featuring many interviews, a.o. Michel Herr
    The Belgian tv network VRT Canvas (B), in its "Belpop" series, aired an hour long documentary film on Toots Thielemans, with many testimonies of musicians who played with him : Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Philip Catherine, Joe Lovano, Joey Baron, Michel Herr, Bruno Castellucci, Nathalie Loriers, Hein Van de Geyn, etc...(November 19, 2012).

    November 1, 2012 : Michel Herr in the studio with Daniel Romeo
    Michel Herr went to a studio in Brussels to supervize the recording of some string arrangements he wrote for bassist and bandleader Daniel Romeo. (November 1, 2012).

    Starting October 27, 2012 : Brussels Jazz Orchestra presents his "Graphicology" project in Belgium and in France
    "Graphicology" combines jazz big band music played by the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and Belgian comic strips (in the form of short films) depicting stories from the jazz world. Michel's music supports "Smilin", by the artist Philip Paquet.
    More opportunities to discover the Graphicology project on stage, in Belgium and in France :
  • Oct. 27, 2012 in Flagey, Brussels
  • Nov. 1, 2012 : Boekenbeurs, Antwerp
  • Nov. 17, 2012 : CC Luchtbal, Antwerp
  • Jan. 11, 2013 : Mechelen
  • Jan, 19, 2013 : De Singel, Antwerp
  • Feb. 16, 2013 : "Jazz en Nord" (Lomme, F)
  • Feb. 27, 2013 : Leuven
    (October 17, 2012).

    On Mezzo TV, a concert of Act Big Band, featuring several compositions by Michel Herr
    Mezzo TV is to broadcast several times the concert that Act Big Band (led by drummer Félix Simtaine) gave during the Dinant Jazz Nights 2011 :
    Sept 11, 2012 (1:30), Sept 20 (4:05), Oct. 6 (0:50), Oct. 17 (02:55) .
    Half of the pieces have been composed and arranged by Michel Herr, who was the musical director of this legendary Belgian Big Band during its days of glory. (September 9, 2012).

    August 11, 2012 : standing ovation and rave reviews for Fabrice Alleman's carte blanche at the Gaume Jazz festival
    During the Gaume Jazz festival (B) on August 11, 2012, the double quartet project of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman, with Fred Favarel (guitar, France), Minino Garay (perc., Argentina), Reggie Washington (bass, USA) and the MP4 string quartet, received an enthusiastic response from the audience as well as very positive reviews in the media. The arrangements written by Michel Herr were unanimously praised. See a photo of the musicians and some reviews (in French). (August 13, 2012).

    Michel Herr wrote new arrangements for Fabrice Alleman's carte blanche at the Gaume Jazz festival
    Michel Herr just completed the writing of a couple of arrangements on pieces by saxophonist Fabrice Alleman, which will be premiered during the upcoming Gaume Jazz festival (B) on August 11, 2012.
    Fabrice Alleman has a "carte blanche" and presents an international quartet composed of Fred Favarel (guitar, France), Minino Garay (perc., Argentina), Reggie Washington (bass, USA) and the MP4 string quartet. Most of the pieces which will be performed on this occasion have been arranged by Michel Herr. See a photo of the musicians. (August 5, 2012).

    Michel Herr interviewed for a documentary film on Toots Thielemans
    The Belgian tv network VRT interviewed Michel Herr on July 10, 2012, for a 52 minutes documentary film on Toots Thielemans, which will include many testimonies by musicians who played with the legendary harmonica player. The film should be broadcasted by VRT in November 2012. (July 11, 2012).

    June 2012 : reissue of the Solis Lacus LP on LP and CD
    The French label Heavenly Sweetness has reissued, both on LP and on CD, the mythical "Solis Lacus" LP, the first sessions recorded by pianist/keyboard player Michel Herr in the seventies, in a jazz rock bag.
    The reissue, a real collector's item, features compositions by Michel and comes with a brand new booklet, with rare photos. It already received very positive reviews. (June 11, 2012).


    May 2012 : reissue of the cd of Act Big Band & Guests "Extremes"
    Just reissued in the Igloo Jazz Classics Series (with a new cover, remixed and remasterized), the cd of Act Big Band & guests titled "Extremes". Act Big Band was a legendary Belgian big band led by drummer Félix Simtaine. Michel Herr was the musical director. The album features as guest soloists US saxophonists Joe Lovano and John Ruocco. (May 24, 2012).


    May 26, 2012 : Herritage in concert in Brussels (Market Place), playing the compositions of Michel Herr
    Another opportunity to hear the "Herritage" project, a great European band playing exclusively the music of Michel Herr, will be offered during the Brussels Jazz Marathon, on the Brussels Market Place, on May 26 (18:00). All compositions by Michel Herr, played by Bert Joris (tp, B), Toon Roos (sax, NL), Philippe Aerts (double bass, B), Hans Van Oosterhout (drs, NL) and Ivan Paduart (piano, musical director, B) are available on the album "Herritage. (May 22, 2012).


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    May 2012 : "Colors of time" was a resounding success
    The "Colors of time" project (see just below) was created on May 11 & 12, 2012 at the Theatre Equilibre in Fribourg (CH).
    A full house and a resounding success, with breathtaking emotional moments. 73 artists on stage. Just incredible !
    See a few photos (May 15, 2012).

    May : Michel Herr in Switzerland for the "Colors of time" project
    Beginning of May 2012, Michel Herr is going to Switzerland to supervize the rehearsals of the "Colors of time" project : 13 arrangements he wrote on compositions by the Swiss pianist/composer Thierry Lang, featuring 5 European jazzmen (David Linx on vocals, Thierry Lang on piano, Matthieu Michel on trumpet, Heiri Känzig on bass and André Ceccarelli on percussion) + the "Accroche-Choeur", a large choir (50+) from Fribourg (CH) and the strings of the "Ensemble de Chambre Fribourgeois", conducted by Jean-Claude Fasel. The premiere of this unique project, which will see more than 70 musicians and singers share the stage, will take place on May 11 and 12, 2012 in Fribourg (CH). A cd of this ambitious project is planned. (May 7, 2012).

    May 6 & 7, 2012 : special "Hep taxi" on Belgian jazz on RTBF tv La 2
    RTBF television (B) will re-broadcast a special programme from its "Hep Taxi" series, focusing on Belgian jazz. Several musicians appear in the programme, such as Philip Catherine (gt), Bert Joris (tp), Alexandre Cavaliere (vl), etc...
    Michel Herr wrote a piece for the occasion, titled "A hip taxi", played by Steve Houben (alto sax), Jean-Pol Estiévenart (tp), Nicolas Kummert (tenor sax), Pascal Mohy (p), Jean-Louis Rassinfosse (double bass) and Jérôme Baudart (drums).
    64 minutes of live music, archives and interviews, a.o. of Michel Herr (in French).
  • May 6, 2012, RTBF La 2, 22:40
  • May 7, 2012, RTBF La 2, 0:55.
    (May 5, 2012).

    April 2012 : on Youtube, live excerpts of the "Herritage" project, featuring Michel Herr's compositions
    4 excerpts of the concert of the "Herritage" project in Brussels, to mark the release of the album "Herritage", are available on Youtube. All compositions by Michel Herr, played by Philip Catherine (gt), Bert Joris (tp, B), Toon Roos (sax, NL), Philippe Aerts (double bass, B), Hans Van Oosterhout (drs, NL) and Ivan Paduart (piano, musical director, B). Have a listen :
    Notes of life
    H and C's dance
    Beauty where it is
    Song for Lucy
    (April 21, 2012).

    April 2012 : "The Music of Michel Herr", double album with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, available again on the iTunes Store
    The music from the double cd "The Music of Michel Herr", recorded by Michel Herr with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, is available again as a download on the iTunes Store. Click HERE. (April 19, 2012).

    April 18 in Leuven, May 5 in Antwerp (B) : "Graphicology" project with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra
    Two more opportunities to discover the Graphicology project will be offered in Leuven, at the Stadschouwburg, on April 18, 2012 and in Antwerp (Red Star Line Museum) on May 5, 2012.
    "Graphicology" combines jazz big band music played by the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and Belgian comic strips (in the form of short films) depicting stories from the jazz world. Michel's music supports "Smilin", by the artist Philip Paquet. (April 8, 2012).

    March 2012 : recording of a new ballad composed by Michel Herr
    On March 9, 2012, Michel Herr went to the recording studio to supervise the recording of a new composition, a ballad titled "The ballad of Maggie and Jacques" (commissioned for Mr & Mrs Jacques and Maggie Deneef). The musicians were among the finest on the Belgian jazz scene : Bert Joris (tp), Nathalie Loriers (piano), Philippe Aerts (bass) and Bruno Castellucci (drs). The piece came out beautifully. See a few photos taken during the session. (March 25, 2012).

    February 10 in Amsterdam (NL) : premiere of the "Graphicology" project with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra
    February 10, 2012 saw the first performance of the "Graphicology" project, in which the Brussels Jazz Orchestra combines jazz big band music and Belgian comic strips (in the form of short films) depicting stories from the jazz world. Michel's music supported "Smilin", by the artist Philip Paquet, during an evening that took place in Amsterdam (NL), at the Muziekgebouw. (February 11, 2012).

    French drummer André Ceccarelli joins the Thierry Lang project "Colors of time"
    The French drummer André Ceccarelli will participate in "Colors of time", a project of Swiss pianist/composer Thierry Lang, featuring Thierry Lang on piano, David Linx on vocals, Matthieu Michel on trumpet and Heiri Känzig on bass + the "Accroche-Choeur", a choir from Fribourg (CH) and the strings of the "Ensemble de Chambre Fribourgeois", conducted by Jean-Claude Fasel. All the arrangements have been written by Michel Herr. Creation in May 2012 in Fribourg (CH). Details : HERE. (December 1, 2011).

    November 25, 2011 : Erik Vermeulen Trio + Prima La Musica (strings) play a new arrangement by Michel Herr
    On November 25, 2011, a unique concert took place to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Music Academy of Ypres (B). For the first time ever, the three Vermeulen brothers shared the stage : Dirk Vermeulen conducting the Prima La Musica Chamber orchestra, Jan Vermeulen (famous classical pianist) and Erik Vermeulen (jazz pianist) with his trio.
    To round up the concert, the Erik Vermeulen trio was joined by Prima la Musica to play a new arrangement which Michel Herr wrote on his composition "Thinking of You", for jazz trio and strings. (November 27, 2011).

    November 10, 2011, in Brussels : concert of the "Herritage" project, featuring Michel Herr's compositions
    On November 10, 2011, in Brussels (at Flagey's Studio 4), during the Skoda Jazz Festival, a concert took place to mark the release of the new album "Herritage". The 2 hour-long concert featured 12 compositions by Michel Herr, played by 6 outstanding European musicians, namely : Philip Catherine (gt), Bert Joris (tp, B), Toon Roos (sax, NL), Philippe Aerts (double bass, B), Hans Van Oosterhout (drs, NL) and Ivan Paduart (piano, musical director, B). Michel, who attended the concert, was warmly celebrated and said a few words about the project. (November 11, 2011).

    November 2011 : Michel Herr conducts the new Brussels Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2 successful concerts
    In the first week of November 2011, Michel Herr was the first guest composer/arranger/conductor to lead the new version of the Brussels Youth Jazz Orchestra. He rehearsed his big band compositions and arrangements and conducted two very successful concerts on November 5, 2011 in Maaseik (B), and on November 8, 2011 in Flagey (Brussels). (November 9, 2011).

    October 30 : rehearsing and recording with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra for the "Graphicology" project
    Michel Herr was in the studio to rehearse and record a demo of "For a Smile", a piece he composed for the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and its "Graphicology" project, which combines jazz big band music and Belgian comic strips (in the form of short films) depicting stories from the jazz world. Michel's music will support "Smilin", by the artist Philip Paquet.
    The first performance will take place in Amsterdam (NL), at the Muziekgebouw, on February 10, 2011. (October 30, 2011).

    October 2011 : release of the cd "Herritage" (Ivan Paduart), featuring Michel Herr's compositions
    Just released, an album featuring 9 compositions by Michel Herr, titled "Herritage", recorded by 6 outstanding European musicians : Philip Catherine (gt), Bert Joris (tp, B), Toon Roos (sax, NL), Philippe Aerts (double bass, B), Hans Van Oosterhout (drs, NL) and Ivan Paduart (piano, musical director, B).
    The playing is absolutely superb and the album is now available on the September label.
    The band can also be heard in concert on Nov. 10, 2011 at Flagey (Brussels, 20:15). (October 17, 2011).


    October 2011 : Michel Herr writes for the Brussels Jazz Orchestra "Graphicology" project
    Michel Herr has finished composing a piece for the Brussels Jazz Orchestra which will be part of a new project, titled "Graphicology", which combines jazz big band music and Belgian comic strips (in the form of short films) depicting stories from the jazz world. Michel's score will support "Smilin", by the artist Philip Paquet. We'll keep you informed of the developments. (October 9, 2011).

    The Igloo label makes a discount sale of the albums in which Michel Herr has participated
    The Igloo label currently offers 8 of the albums in which Michel Herr has participated for the friendly price of 12 euros : See here. (October 9, 2011).

    End September 2011 : Michel Herr completes the arrangements for Thierry Lang's "Colors of time"
    Michel Herr is putting the final touch to the the 13 (!) arrangements he was asked to write for "Colors of time", a project of Swiss pianist/composer Thierry Lang, featuring 4 jazzmen (Thierry Lang on piano, David Linx on vocals, Matthieu Michel on trumpet and Heiri Känzig on bass) + the "Accroche-Choeur", a large choir (50+) from Fribourg (CH) and the strings of the "Ensemble de Chambre Fribourgeois", conducted by Jean-Claude Fasel. This ambitious project, which should see more than 70 musicians and singers on stage, will be created in May 2012 in Fribourg (CH) and should be recorded live. Details : HERE. (September 28, 2011).

    Release of the cd "Danièle Copus sings"
    The jazz singer Danièle Copus has released her album "Danièle Copus sings". The recording session (which took place on July 30, 2007) was to be the last one of the late guitarist Paolo Radoni. In the studio, the band was composed of Paolo Radoni (gt), Pierre Bernard (flute), Michel Herr (piano and arrangements), Jean-Louis Rassinfosse (double bass) and Bruno Castellucci (drums). (September 26, 2011).


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    July 17, 2011 : Act Big Band back in action playing Michel Herr's compositions
    On July 17, 2011, the legendary Act Big Band (B), led by drummer Félix Simtaine, was formed again for a unique appearance during the Dinant Jazz Nights (B). Michel Herr was the musical director of the band, which left its mark in the history of jazz in Belgium. Joe Lovano, US tenor sax and godfather of the festival, was featured on one piece. The band played several compositions by Michel and an arrangement especially written for the occasion. (July 18, 2011).


    June 2011 : an arrangement of Michel Herr for trombonist Phil Abraham, performed by the Univers Jazz Big Band (F)
    Trombone player Phil Abraham was invited as a guest soloist for a concert on June 18, 2011 in France with the Univers Jazz Big Band. They played a.o. Michel Herr's arrangement on Phil's composition "Autumn in Forest". (June 26, 2011).

    June 2011 : mix of the album of Michel Herr's compositions : "Herritage"
    Michel Herr has completed the mixing of the album "Herritage", featuring 9 compositions by Michel, recorded by 6 outstanding musicians in the ACE studio (B) : Philip Catherine (gt), Bert Joris (tp, B), Toon Roos (sax, NL), Philippe Aerts (double bass, B), Hans Van Oosterhout (drs, NL) and Ivan Paduart (piano, musical director, B).
    The playing is absolutely superb and the album should be released in the fall 2011 on the September label. (June 22, 2011).


    Michel Herr interviewed about Toots Thielemans on TV Brussel (B)
    On June 8, 2011, Michel Herr was one of the persons who got interviewed about Toots Thielemans (with whom he played for many years). The portrait of Toots Thielemans should be aired in a couple of days on TV Brussel (B) and soon available on their website.
    (June 8, 2011).

    May 2011 : reissue of Michel Herr's trio cd "Intuitions" in the Igloo "Jazz Classics" series
    The Belgian label Igloo has reissued, in its "Jazz Classics" series, the trio cd of Michel Herr titled "Intuitions", recorded with Hein Van De Geyn (double bass) and Leroy Lowe (drs). The reissue benefits from a new cover and new photos of the musicians involved. (May 27, 2011).


    May 2011 : 6 top musicians record an album of Michel Herr's compositions : "Herritage"
    On May 21 & 22, 2011, under the leadership of pianist Ivan Paduart, 6 outstanding musicians went into the ACE studio (B) to record a selection of compositions by Michel Herr : Philip Catherine (gt), Bert Joris (tp, B), Toon Roos (sax, NL), Philippe Aerts (double bass, B), Hans Van Oosterhout (drs, NL) and Ivan Paduart (piano, B).
    The album should be released on the September label under the title "Herritage". (May 23, 2011).


    May 13, 2011 : Belgium Jazz Big Band plays 3 arrangements by Michel Herr at the "Jazz à Liège" festival
    On May 13, 2011, the Belgium Jazz Big Band, led by drummer Mimi Verderame, played 3 arrangements by Michel Herr at the "Jazz à Liège" festival : his composition "Springboard", "Ana Maria" (by Wayne Shorter) and "Stan", a composition by saxophonist Robert Jeanne, who performed the brand new arrangement as a guest soloist. (May 14, 2011).


    May 1, 5 : RTBF tv re-broadcasts a special "Hep Taxi" with a.o. a composition by Michel Herr
    RTBF television (B) has produced in 2009 a special programme in its "Hep Taxi" series, focusing on Belgian jazz. Michel Herr wrote a piece for the occasion, titled "A hip taxi", played by Steve Houben (alto sax), Jean-Pol Estiévenart (tp), Nicolas Kummert (tenor sax), Pascal Mohy (p), Jean-Louis Rassinfosse (double bass) and Jérôme Baudart (drums). Other musicians who will appear in the programme are Philip Catherine (gt), Bert Joris (tp), Alexandre Cavaliere (vl), Quentin Liégeois (gt) and Mimi Verderame (drs, gt).
    64 minutes of live music, archives and interviews. (See photo). Here are the dates :
  • May 1, 2011, 22:50 on RTBF tv La 2
  • May 5, 15:15 on RTBF tv La 2
    (April 30, 2011).


    Michel Herr writes a big band arrangement on his piece "A hip taxi" for a reborn Act Big Band at the Dinant Jazz Nights
    The Dinant Jazz Nights festival (B) has asked drummer Félix Simtaine to revive his legendary Act Big Band, a milestone in big band jazz history in Belgium. Michel Herr was the musical director of the band and appears on all the band's albums. He will not play in Dinant, but for this very special occasion, he decided to write a big band arrangement on his composition "A hip taxi". Creation on July 17, 2011 (16:00). (March 18, 2011).


    Michel Herr writes for the Belgium Jazz Big Band, featuring saxophonist Robert Jeanne
    Michel Herr has just completed the writing of a big band arrangement on "Stan", a composition by Belgian tenor saxophonist Robert Jeanne. The saxophonist will perform it as a special guest with the Belgium Jazz Big Band, led by drummer Mimi Verderame, a.o. during the Jazz à Liège festival on May 13, 2011 (19:00). (Feb. 11, 2011).


    February 19 : the movie "Just Friends" (music by Michel Herr) screened during the Jazz Film Festival in Leuven (B)
    The Belgian movie "Just Friends" (Marc-Henri Wajnberg, 1993) will be screened during the Kulturama Jazz Festival and the Jazz Film Festival in Leuven (B) on February 19, 2011 (5 p.m.) at Cinema ZED in Leuven. Michel Herr acted as the musical director, composer and arranger of the soundtrack, which features a.o. US saxophonist Archie Shepp.
    A rare opportunity to see this amazing movie, in which jazz plays a major role. (Feb. 11, 2011).


    Januari 2011 on Mezzo tv : Toots Thielemans' Antibes concert with Michel Herr
    Mezzo tv will air a live concert of Toots Thielemans at the Jazz Festival of Antibes in July 1987, with Michel Herr (piano), and a US rhythm section consisting of Tony Dumas (b) and Ralph Penland (drs). Dates : January 3, 2011 (15:00), Jan. 6 (20:30), Jan. 14 (17:00), Jan. 18 (9:00), Jan 25 (00:00). (Jan. 2, 2011).


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