Maxime Blésin
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Maxime Blésin


Maxime Blésin started playing the guitar at the age of 14.

After finishing high school, he left his native Belgium to study in Brazil at the age of 18 and studied at “Escola Ian Guest de aperfeicoamento musical” in Rio de Janeiro with teachers like Nelson Faria (The Brazilian guitar book, Sheer music), Billy Teixeira, Marisa Gandelmann,…

Back in Belgium, he studied Jazz in Antwerp with Pierre Vandormeal, Hans Van Oost and Karl Van Deun.

After finishing his educational experience, he moved to USA, New York and Boston where he studied with Jon Damian.

He studied singing as an autodidact.

He also works as a sound engineer and has recorded or produced more than 40 albums.
As a  true music lover, his influences range from traditional and modern Jazz, Brazilian Music, Funk to Rap and French Impressionist music...


As a leader and composer
Maxime Blésin : Organic Matters ( Orfena Music )
State of time : Boeuf in the basement ( Orfena Music )
Maxime Blésin & The Bop & Soul Sextt ( Orfena Music )
Maxime Blésin Quintet : Bowling Bowl ( Igloo records )
Maxime Blésin Quintet ( Organic records )

As a sideman
DJ Cam presents Fillet of Soul ( Inflammable records )
Le monde est un village 7 W/Osman Martins ( RTBF )
Anne Ducros : Either Way ( Naïve )

Maxime has already performed at: Taichung Jazz festival, Théâtre Bobino, Calvi Jazz festival, Vitoria Jazz festival, Dinant Jazz night, Gaume Jazz festival, Gouvy jazz festival, Couleur café, Jazz in het Park, Festival Esperanzah, Théâtre 140, Botanique, Jazz à Liège, Brussel's grand place, Jazz at Maison-Laffite, … and in many clubs and halls in Europe, Brazil and the USA …

Maxime has produced credits, jingles, etc, ... for RTBF, RTL-TVI, France Bleue and advertising music, as well as film music: "Gaspard" by Eric Blésin and "Pickles" by Manuella Damiens .

He participated as a musical coach for actor François Damiens on the film "Les Cowboys" by Thomas Bidegain. ( Cesar nomination in 2016 for “ best first movie ” )

He produces and composes French pop for the singer Afy. Has its own label: Orfena Music

He is a leader, composer and arranger for the Dinant Jazz Orchestra, a mini big band of musicians based in Belgium, in collaboration with the Dinant festival, and which invites internationally renowned musicians.

Edition 2022: Grégoire Maret, Hamilton de Hollanda, David Linx, Stéphane Belmondo.

Edition 2023: Grégoire Maret and Lizz Wright.

Edition 2024 : Joe Lovano

Maxime formed the independent music label Orfena Music, structure which allows him to express his creativity without the restriction of actual music business.

He is the co-founder of the Belgian Jazz Festival :


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The new episode of JazzXploration with Afy and Maxime Blésin is available.
Why a Belgian Jazz festival? Belgium is one of the countries in the world with the largest number of musicians but also Jazz lovers in proportion to its population. The Belgian Jazz festival offers...