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Quartier, Bart

Bart Quartier

Following classical percussion studies, Bart (born June 2, 1961 in Anderlecht, Belgium) studied marimba with Robert Van Sice. His wide variety of musical experiences with over forty orchestras and ensembles includes the first Belgium recording of Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. In addition, he has performed with Mike Mainieri, Trilok Gurtu, Doudou ‘nDiayé Rose, Robert Martin (ex Frank Zappa) and Belgian jazz players including Kris Defoort’s Dreamtime and Brussels Jazz Orchestra (with Maria Schneider) at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Bart teaches keyboard percussion at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and serves as a conservatory clinician or jury member throughout Europe and the Far East.

His books, the bestseller ‘Image’ 20 Children’s Songs for Marimba, ‘Profils’ 24 essays pour vibraphone et piano, ‘Encore’ 5 ‘bis’ for mallets and ‘Ensemble’ 24 pieces for mallet ensemble are distributed worldwide. ‘Imagine’ a mental approach to marimba playing is available in English, French and Spanish. The Chinese and Japanese versions are in progress.

Bart leads his own quintet and his debut album ‘Thank You’ was released by De Werf. With the same label he realized a second CD ‘Profils’ 24 essais for vibraphone and piano. He was laureate of the Sabam Contest for Composition for Jazz-themes 2000 and 2002. As a sideman, he has recorded over 70 CD’s and toured Europe, The United States, Korea and Japan. Mr. Quartier plays Yamaha vibraphone and marimba and Resta-Jay mallets. For more information go to