VORTEX is a Belgian/French jazz band formed in 2015 by trumpet player Aristide D'Agostino, saxophonist Abel Jednak, pianist Alan Van Rompuy, double bass player Emanuel Van Mieghem and drummer Olivier Penu. In 2016 they won the two prizes of Jazz Contest Mechelen: Best Band and Best Soloist (Alan).
All writing for the band, their compositions give them a lot of space to communicate in a direct and vivid manner.
It all begun on a rather pleasant summer's afternoon, back in 2015, as a cosy jam session in the living room of the pianist, something jazz musicians regularly do. From in the beginning everyone felt it: this combination works and we had to do something with it. Hence the birth of VORTEX.
The peculiar but equally interesting fact is that the members all come from a completely different background, yet they all have their ears wide open to learn new things everyday.