In 2008 he invited the French saxophonist Alexandra Grimal for a series of concerts with her quintet the ‘Improvising Gang’, which included the drummer Teun Verbruggen and the bassist Félix Zurstrassen in particular, with whom Pierre felt an immediate affinity. In this rhythm section, Pierre de Surgères found the perfect partners to develop his compositions in total freedom. From this partnership emerged the critically acclaimed debut album Krysis in 2013. The pianist’s compositions are unconventional and based on rhythmical inventions inspired by his various experiences, requiring a quasi telepathic interaction between the trio members. The result is a music that is certainly complex, but completely accessible even to the most uninitiated listeners, where the pianist finds support both from Félix Zurstrassen who brings the necessary stability to the narrative and from the very creative playing of Teun Verbruggen on drums and various gadgets.
At the end of 2017 the trio’s second CD Zed came out, an album with a more acoustic sound where we hear that the years of playing together have made the music evolve. The repertoire is more advanced and more mature than on the first recording, while maintaining a desire to “give the listener a good time, without them feeling the difficulty of the composition”.