Ramon van Merkenstein Quartet nominated for:

Maastricht Jazz Award 2018


The Maastricht Conservatory (NL) and the renowned organization Jazz Maastricht selected the Ramon van Merkenstein Quartet for their prestigious Maastricht Jazz Award 2018.


Selected from a field of more than 60 candidates, the Ramon van Merkenstein Quartet was judged to be musically distinguished and qualified for top nomination among 3 professional finalists. In addition, Ramon’s innovative quartet was invited for a public performance at the annual awards ceremony held in Maastricht.


According to the award sponsors, the Ramon van Merkenstein Quartet represents one of “the most promising jazz bands in the European region.”




“Songs Between Two Lands,” Jazz Music Project Selected as a Culture Laureate by Belgium’s Liège Province

Songs Between Two Lands is a collection of musical travel notes bridging Africa and South America. The songs are stories of people and places deeply connected but separated by distance as reflected in original compositions.

Belgium’s Liège Province has selected this jazz music project as a culture laureate through its “Ça Balance” program. Committed uniquely to original compositions, “Ça Balance” supports promising bands to further develop their talent, composition, arrangement and ensemble performance. “Ça Balance” provides expert assistance such as master classes, studio time and professional sound engineering and production, as well as national and international promotion.

In addition, the “Ça Balance” program will feature this unique music project to be performed at the Jazz à Liège Festival in May 2019.

Matteo Di Leonardo – guitar, composition; Flavio Spampinato – vocals, composition; Pierre A. Savoyat – flugehorn, Ramon van Merkenstein – double bass, Pierre Hurty – drums


Review (in French) of “Songs Between Two Lands” at Dinant Jazz Festival 2019

Songs Between Two Lands kicked of the Dinant Jazz Festival 2019. Jacques Prouvost wrote a review about the festival, including our concert

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"La rythmique (Ramon Van Merkenstein (b) et Pierre Hurty (dm) ) est impeccable et solide."