An intensive collaboration between dEUS front man Tom Barman, saxophonist Robin Verheyen, bassist Nicolas Thys and drummer Antoine Pierre, TaxiWars are a mix of lyricism, poetry and jazz with a rock sensibility.
Barman has fronted Belgian indie legends dEUS since 1989, selling 1.5 million albums along the way. He is also one half of dance duo Magnus and, for the last four years, singer and mischief maker for TaxiWars, his latest project and one that indulges his love for jazz. In addition to his musical background, in 2003 he directed the film ‘Any Way the Wind Blows’, and has overseen two acclaimed jazz compilations; ‘That’s Blue + Painters Talking’ (Blue Note, 2006) and ‘Living on Impulse’ (Impulse! 2012).
Saxophone player Robin Verheyen lives in New York and has built a reputation as one of the great young talents in the world of jazz and classical music. He has released two albums with the Robin Verheyen NY Quartet, and has performed with such artists as Marc Copland, Ravi Coltrane, Narcissus Quartet, Gary Peacock, and Joey Baron.
Bassist Nicolas Thys was a mainstay on the Belgian and Dutch jazz scenes before he moved to New York in 1999. He has toured and/or recorded with legends like Lee Konitz, Mal Waldron, Toots Thielemans and Zap Mama.
Drummer Antoine Pierre has been touring with Belgian guitar legend Philip Catherine and trumpet player Jean-Paul Estiévenart, and others. He moved to New York City in 2014 to study at the New York School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.
TaxiWars have performed numerous shows across Europe, performing in intimate clubs to jazz festivals and big scale rock festivals.