|Birth name||Casimir Liberski|
|Born||28 January 1988|
|Genres||Jazz, Experimental, Jazz-Rock, Fusion, Contemporary|
|Years active||2003 – present|
|Labels||Dalang! Records, Igloo, Motema|
Casimir Liberski was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1988. He distinguished himself as leader of his own trio at the age of 13 and gained significant recognition and acclaim in the European and international jazz scene since then.
From his first live appearances, Casimir's music has been described as moving, exhilarating and atypical. He possesses a daring and very strong personal style topped with an astonishing virtuosity as a pianist. Growing up, Casimir always drew inspiration from all area and eras of jazz, blues & funk and later on deepened his knowledge in classical and electronic music. Brought up in the 90’s, like other musically inclined kids of his generation, Casimir was exposed and certainly influenced by melodies from Nintendo games, grunge and alternative rock, hip hop and cartoons on TV. His heart however was always leaning towards Jazz and the tremendous joy he'd get from improvising and composing incorporating this variety of musical elements surrounding him.
Casimir has earned various accolades in major jazz festivals and competitions since a young age. He also composed music for films and TV, notably “Bunker Paradise” and “Tokyo Fiancée” directed by his father Stefan Liberski for which he was nominated for best screen composer of 2005 at the Ghent’s film festival.
In 2006, Berklee College of Music generously welcomed Casimir with the exclusive Presidential Scholarship. He was the first European to receive this award.
In America Casimir sought guidance from great jazz artists (Brad Mehldau, Danilo Perez, Craig Taborn, Jason Moran, Greg Osby, Steve Hunt, Vijay Iyer, Sal Mosca, Masabumi Kikuchi, Fred Hersch...) to name a few.
But certainly one of the most important levers for Casimir's musical development was from the privileged mentorship of Ornette Coleman during the course of almost a decade. Ornette bequeathed him the keys to the art of improvisation and his "Harmolodic" concept which gave Casimir the freedom to human expression through sound.
In 2008 Casimir recorded an album of improvised pieces with drummer Tyshawn Sorey and bassist Thomas Morgan, then moved to New York City in 2010 prior to his graduation and started working in various professional occasions such as with for instance Charnett Moffett, Stanley Jordan, Jeff Tain Watts, Denardo Coleman, Rodney Holmes, Nasheet Waits, Matthew Shipp, Mark Shim, Tony Moreno, Evan Marien, Godwin Louis, Peter Evans, and more...
That same year Casimir was the 3rd prizewinner at the Parmigiani Montreux Solo Piano Competition and was mentored by Marcus Miller, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Trilok Gurtu and Yaron Herman at the Montreux Jazz Academy in Lausanne.
- 2008: "Evanescences (featuring Tyshawn Sorey and Thomas Morgan)" (Dalang!Records)
- 2009: Dedications (Jazz Revelation Records)
- 2010: Treasures (Motéma Music)
- 2012: Defense Mechanism (by Louis de Mieulle)
- 2012: "The Caveless Wolf - Casimir Liberski Trio" (Dalang!Records)
- 2012: "Atomic Rabbit" (Dalang!Records)
- 2014: "Tokyo Fiancée" (Dalang!Records)
- 2015: Stars, Plants & Bugs (by Louis de Mieulle)
- 2016: Ukiyo (by Kaoru Tanaka)
- 2016: Lagune (by JF Foliez)
- 2017: Middle of Somewhere