Pianist Jozef Dumoulin (Belgium) redefined the Fender Rhodes keyboard through a scope that is at the same time fully contemporary, eclectic and highly personal. He is the first to present a full solo program featuring the instrument. Furthermore he is known for his open and luminous approach to the piano and to music in general, always anchored in tradition without being burdened by it. Besides the Fender Rhodes solo, his own projects include The Red Hill Orchestra (a trio with Ellery Eskelin and Dan Weiss) and a duo with Benoît Delbecq.
Highly-demanded as a sideman, Jozef Dumoulin has recorded and toured with the finest of musicians in the domain of jazz, improvised music, rock and traditional music. He currently lives in Paris.
"One of the most inventive pioneers in his genre", "piano wizard", "a keyboard magician" or "a Fender Rhodes specialist", are some of the quotes describing Jozef Dumoulin. The press qualified his music as "dreams about music and music about dreams", "a sort of journey through the music of today that remembers the music of yesterday and would like to reach that of the future", offering "a subtle mixture between emotion and experimentation". As a musician, Dumoulin is known for being able to maintain his own voice in every musical context, wether it be traditional jazz, improvised music, pop music or contemporary music.
Born in 1975 in Ingelmunster, in the pretty deep Belgian countryside, from a very early age Jozef Dumoulin was totally attracted to music and sound, fooling around on the two pianos at home. Throughout his childhood and teenage years he attended classes in piano, organ, clavichord, euphonium, harmony and some drums. Around the age of 16 he discovered jazz, and began spending hours in the local library finding records and zapping the TV at night in the hope of bumping into some live jazz. After highschool he studied psychology for two years but then decided to go to the Brussels Conservatory where he was tutored by Diederik Wissels and Nathalie Loriers. He also spent two years at the Musikhochschule of Cologne taking classes with John Taylor.
Musically, Dumoulin has his fingers in lots of pies. Initially he played the piano, as in his formal band with singer Barbara Wiernik on the CD ‘Eclipse’ (Mogno 2001), an instrument he still deeply cherishes. At the same time he has developed his unique sound on the Fender Rhodes, combining it with electronics. Using this setup, he joined forces with a number of existing formations (such as the Magic Malik Orchestra, Reggie Washington Trio Tree, Octurn, Dre Pallemaerts group, Othin Spake, Benzine, Narcissus Quartet, ...), still finding enough time to engage in other enriching get-togethers (Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Toots Thielemans, Aka Moon, Belmondo brothers, David Lynx, ...). He shared the stage and/or recorded with Mark Turner, Bill Carothers, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jaime Torres, Sekouba Traore, Skoota Warner, Trevor Dunn, Daniel Humair, Hilmar Jensson, Andrew D'Angelo, Nate Wooley, Ron Miles, Joseph Bowie, Nelson Veras, Marc Ducret, Ronny Jordan, Robin McKelle and T.N. Seshagopalan, Jef Lee Johnson, Kartet, Soo Bin Park, Rick Margitza, among others.
In 2006 Jozef Dumoulin moved to Paris, where he soon became active and increasingly interested in developing his own music. His aim was to give a proper home to his own sound and style, and to distill his own interpretation of all the musical styles he had practiced with as many different bands.In the last years he released three cd's on the Bee Jazz label: “Trees are always right” with his belgian band Lidlboj, “Rainbow Body” with his trio made up of Eric Thielemans on drums and Trevor Dunn on bass, and "A Fender Rhodes Solo" - first Fender Rhodes solo album in the history of the instrument. All three cd's were critically acclaimed.End of 2013 Jozef got a FAJE-grant to write for and play with Ellery Eskelin on saxophone and Dan Weiss on drums. The trio is called 'The Red Hill Orchestra' and their first cd 'Trust' is going to be released on the french label Yolk end of october 2014.
Other ongoing personal projects include a series duos; one with singer Lynn Cassiers, one with guitarist Nelson Veras and one with pianist Benoît Delbecq.
Besides, Jozef Dumoulin co-composed the music for a quartet-cd with saxophonist Jerôme Sabbagh and for a double-cd with belgian M-base/Messiaen cult-band Octurn.He also composed and performed music for several movies.
Jozef Dumoulin performed all over the globe and can be heard as a sideman on over 50 records.