SoulFactory is the ‘musical home’ of South African singer Tutu Puoane and Belgian pianist Ewout Pierreux. It is the business structure behind all our musical activities. Those activities are mainly playing concerts, but we also produce our own albums with our label SoulFactory Records. This independent label aims to be a musician-friendly environment for jazz and jazz-related music. We’re developing a small but high-quality catalogue of releases of bands/projects that we love and that can use our support.
Tutu Puoane is one of the exciting young voices on the international jazz scene today.
Born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1979, she studied at the Music College of the University of Cape Town (UCT) before moving to Europe in 2002.
She spent two years at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Netherlands) and eventually moved to Antwerp, Belgium in 2004.
Tutu’s music is a cross-over between European, American and South African traditions.
Her repertoire is a mix between own compositions, songs from the great american songbook and arrangements of south african originals.
She released six albums to date : ‘Song’ (2007), ‘Quiet Now’ (2010) and ‘Breathe’ (2012) with her quartet, ‘Mama Africa’ (2011) as a guest soloist with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, one of Europe’s best bigbands, ‘Live at the Roma’, a unique collaboration with the Flemish Philharmonic and Bert Joris, and ‘iLanga’ (2014). Both ‘Quiet Now’ and ‘Mama Africa’ were awarded a South African Music Award (SAMA) for Best Jazz Album (in 2010 and 2011). ‘Breathe’ was the first release of SoulFactory Records.
More info : www.tutupuoanemusic.com
Belgian piano player Ewout Pierreux was born in 1978 in Halle, near Brussels. After taking up music from a young age (playing both piano and saxophone) and getting a formal training in music academies while in elementary and high school, he decided to pursue a professional piano career and went to study in the Lemmens Institute, Leuven in 1996. There he was taught by some of the very best musicians in the Belgian and European jazz scene : Ron Van Rossum, Bert Joris, Dré Pallemaerts, Frank Vaganée, Peter Hertmans, Philippe Aerts … Ewout took masterclasses with a.o. Bill Carrothers, Brad Mehldau, Bobo Stenson, Bruce Barth, Kenny Werner. He graduated cum laude in 2001.
Ewout does sideman work for (mostly Belgian based) projects. Most important bands he works with are Tutu Puoane’s, Rebirth::Collective and Bart Defoort Inner Wave Quintet. As a leader he has his own trio with Martijn Vanbuel on bass and Toni Vitacolonna on drums. He regularly sits in with Brussels Jazz Orchestra.
He played concerts with a.o. Toots Thielemans, Bert Joris, Kurt Van Herck, Frank Vaganée, Nicolas Thys, Dré Pallemaerts, Bart Defoort, Jos Machtel, Marcus Wyatt, Carlo Mombelli, … and has performed extensively in The Netherlands, France, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Germany and South Africa.
As an educator he teaches jazz piano and ensemble at de Kunsthumaniora in Antwerp. He’s also one of the regular piano instructors of the yearly jazz summer workshop in Dworp, organised by Halewynstichting vzw.
Recording credits include Tutu Puoane, Tuesday Night Orchestra, Jazzisfaction, T-Unit 7, T-unit 4, Peer Baierlein Quartet, Rebirth::Collective, Bart Defoort Inner Wave Quintet.