Stan Maris is a Belgian accordionist and composer, mainly active in the jazz and improvised music scene.
He is currently an active leader, co-leader and band member of Kreis, Ocean Eddie, Suura, Erem, MOM, ONVERSTERKT. and solo work.
Stan studied jazz accordion at the KASK in Ghent and the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, studies he completed in 2018.
A year later, he released his debut album as a bandleader, with the group Kreis. Askr (2019, self-released) elicited many positive reactions.
“Te situeren ergens tussen zachtaardig jazzgefriemel, meesterlijk gedoseerde improvisatie en prachtig intimistische breekbaarheid aangelengd met een fraaie dosis poëzie. Wat een knap debuut!” (Dansende Beren, 2019)
This, combined with a place in the final in Jong Jazztalent Gent, created the opportunity to play in venues such as Ancienne Belgique, Summer Bummer (SoundInMotion) in De Studio, Permeke (KAAP) and Handelsbeurs.
One of the compositions on Askr was selected for Fingerprints #3 by ComAv (Composers Archivel Vlaanderen). This was a compilation album of work by various classical composers, including Wim Henderickx and Frank Nuyts, produced and released by Klara.
Around the same time, Stan also took part in Visitations, a short residency and festival at De Studio in Antwerp, organized by SoundInMotion. Here he played with Ken Vandermark's Marker.
Also in 2019 he founded ONVERSTERKT, together with fellow musicians Sam Opstaele and Pieter Mortier. ONVERSTERKT. is a platform for acoustic music. They support various acoustic projects, organize concerts and program festivals.
In 2020 Kreis's 2nd album was released, linked to a tour organized by Jazzlab, with which they could present Embla (2020, bwaa.) in various concert halls in Flanders: Vrijstraat O. (KAAP), Handelsbeurs, Muziekcentrum Track, GC De Muze , The Casino and CC De Ververij.
In 2021 Stan was part of a number of residencies and recording sessions, including Giovanni Di Domenico's New Movement Ensemble, Di Domenico/Lau/Mota/Talia/Maris, Mathieu Robert Group, and his own project Ocean Eddie.
Spring 2022 was spent on recording sessions, leading to the release of 4 different releases in Fall 2022, including albums by Ocean Eddie, Erem, Giovanni Di Domenico's New Movement Ensemble and a solo split album with guitar player Nicolas Van Belle.
New work by the bands Kreis and Suura will be released in 2023.
Stan played and recorded with musicians such as Ken Vandermark, Joe Talia, Giovanni Di Domenico, Pak Yan Lau, Niels Van Heertum, Manolo Cabras, Manuel Mota, Kobe Boon, Benjamin Hermans, Mathieu Robert, Nico Chkifi, Audrey Lauro, Farida Amadou, Hanne De Bakker, Peter Kutin, Ruben Machtelinckx, Ananta Roosens, ...
2020 Embla // Kreis
2019 Les Gars Reasca (EP) // Les Gars Reasca
2019 Fingerprints #3 // Klara
2019 Askr // Kreis
2018 MOM (EP) // MOM
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