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“At barely sixteen, the pianist has already integrated a lot of this music.

Passion is without a doubt the best school. Maël Mercier launches ideas, dares, takes risks.

We detect inflections of Monk in his playing (on "Caravan" or "Someday ...") of Wynton Kelly as well. He takes responsibility for his choices. It is beautiful and good to watch this "handover".

We will follow him closely, Maël Mercier, because this talent certainly has a bright future."

- Jacques Prouvost, Jazzques, of the 20/07/2021


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'Prayer' - Nduduzo Makhathini
Maël Mercier

'Prayer' - Nduduzo Makhathini

'Prayer' - Nduduzo Makhathini

'Izipho' - Nduduzo Makhathini

Maël Mercier & Eliott Knuets Duo "Darn That Dream" - Jimmy Van Heusen

Maël Mercier & Eliott Knuets Duo "Beautiful Love" - Victor Young (Solo of Maël Mercier)

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28th of June 2022 , 20:30

Place : Music Village

Address : Rue des Pierres, 50 – 1000 Bruxelles
Free Entrance

Maël Mercier (piano), Basile Rahola (bass), Eliott Knuets (guitar),Noam Israeli (drums)

M. Mercier Trio
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Biography Maël Mercier


It was to the sound of J.S. Bach's “Well-Tempered Clavier” that Maël Mercier was born in Braine-Alleud, Belgium, on August 17, 2004, to a Kabyle mother and a Belgian jazz musician father.


As children, he and his little brother grew up with their saxophonist father as their only parent. They therefore follow him on the roads and are constantly bathed in music.

He remembers nights he spent trying to fall asleep in the touring minibus, straining his ears to listen to concerts outdoors in the south of France.


In his memory also remain the hundreds of performances of his father and grandfather, telling and playing the history of jazz, him and his brother holding the bar in exchange for a packet of crisps and a fresh soda as pay of the evening.


After several introductory music lessons, Maël opted for the piano and left the academy after two years of classical studies. At the age of twelve, he immersed himself in musical humanities at the famous Kunsthumaniora in Brussels. There, he meets his peers and can finally develop his passion for jazz. Maël already obtained his secondary school diploma at the age of sixteen and attends the two Brussels Conservatories. There are classes with a.o. Eric Legnini, Nathalie Loriers and Vincent Bruyninckx.


Currently, Maël is an active member of several groups in which he is already proud of his early professional experiences.


His major influences include Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Wynton Kelly, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau.

8th of July

Place : Jeunesse Musique et Arts

Address : Distillerie de Biercée à Ragnies

Maël’s Jam Q




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