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Yannick Robert and Benoit Vanderstraeten first met at GIT in Los Angeles at the end of the 80's. Since then they keep playing together in different projects (Yannick Robert trio, Guy Cabay Quintet, Yannick Robert/Benoit Sourisse Quartet, etc...)

Concretising this complicity is the album “Dix Cordes de Nuit” released in 1998, featuring fretless guitar/ fretless bass duets, a unique sound !

This duo will record a second duet album as soon as their agendas will allow it ! For now they give concerts with this album repertory plus some newer tunes.


Guitar player and mucic teacher, Yannick Robert has been a very present musician on the jazz scene since severals years. He is very well apreciated as a leader, or as a sideman, for his compositions and his high sense of improvisation. He recorded a lot of albums on his own, or as a guest.

Born in Brittany, he starts to play guitar at the age of 14, after having played accordion and such celtic instruments as bagpipe, bombard, irish whistle. His first years of classical guitar and finger-playing will be determinant for his own technic and his very melodic phrasing. Outstanding musician, with a great and subtil guitar touch, he can plays with the same musicality electric, acoustic, synthesizer and even fretless guitar.

Yannick Robert is very well know as well as a teacher. In charge of the Ibanez Guitar Schools in France, one of the main teachers in the Music Academy International in Nancy, he wrote a lot of books about guitar, improvisation, phrasing, and he is invited to participate in most of the main guitar seminaries and masterclasses...


Born in 1962, Benoît Vanderstraeten starts playing bass at the age of 16. First in Pop Rock Music, then in Jazz after having listened to Jaco Pastorius. He immediatly joins on stage most famous Belgian Jazz Musicians like Steve Houben, Jacques Pelzer, Toots Thielemans, etc...

In 85 he goes to Los Angeles at the BIT, and starts developping his unique left hand technic.

Virtuoso, very appreciated for his natural ability to improvise, Benoît played with John Scofield, Michel Petrucciani, Claude Nougaro, Scott Henderson, Didier Lockwood, among others. He is a famous teacher at the Music Academy International, the CMDL, and at the Anvers and Bruxelles conservatories.


  ::  Discography

  “Dix Cordes de Nuit”        
  1998 - Autoproduction        
  dist. Guitar Euroshop        
  ▪  Guitar: Yannick Robert
▪  Bass: Benoît Vanderstraeten
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