For symphonic orchestra

The Love Bite
Larmes de guerre New!
Schönbrunn & Wagram New!

For big band

A Girl named Eddie
My Piece

For string quartet

A Midnight Opening
The chosen destiny
A viola statement
The Raphael Model

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Jazz Anchor

An intimate though expandable jazz duo

"Jazz Anchor" is a formation with co-founder and guitar player Peter Verbraken. Both Peter and Manten have composed and arranged music to fit in this unusual but very tasteful combination of instruments. Influences of Philip Catherine, Phil Abraham, Chet Baker...

Quintessence Bigband

A versatile bigband playing the quintessence way

"Quintessence Bigband" is a formation of young though highly trained and skilled jazz musicians playing all kinds of bigband music, going from traditional crooning over Ellington/Basie ending with Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer etc.... and own compositions. An intruiging 17-piece orchestra, founded by Manten Van Gils together with Marie Schoovaerts and René Stegman.
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Five different people - five different cities - a unique jazz blend!

Was it the tropical summer of Umbria Jazz melting these people together? Was it the long jams until daylight? The midnight concerts at the pasteria? Who'll say... All we know is that 'Pentatour' came about as the international project of five different astonishing musicians that bring together their musical souls into one band.

Fall in love with the wonderful sound of Manten's trombone, cry as David whispers on his flugel the sensive melody hidden behind the obvious, feel the inner groove of Blake's rock solid bass, let Ciccio amaze you with burning piano solos, all spiced with the very musical dynamics of Youssef's drums.

Hear influences of Debussy, tradional Vienese music, theatre music, ancient Irish folk, movie music and the beer West Coast Big Band music. Grab a bit of Venice, Casablanca, Bologna, Palermo and Brussels together into one jazz blend... because in the end, jazz it will be!


Crown Princess Aminorella celebrates her 18th anniversary and gets from her father-the-king a stylish feast and a horse - Mr. PC. In the search for freedom and happiness she finds true love - a disappointment for the adventurous Mr. PC. But then something terrible happens...

Aminorella is a fairytale for young and old, with beautiful drawings on the white screen, real singers and a full-size big band.



She touches

(with Jazz Anchor)

Morning Sun

(with No Angry Young Man)


(with BoomBigBand)

Fiesta Latina

(with Sevensoulmotion)

Manten Van Gils

Manten Van Gils (1980) started playing the trombone at the age of eight; a passion that kept on growing ever since. Got lessons in public music schools of Mechelen, Antwerp and Leuven, in Jazz-Studio Antwerp and at a range of summer schools throughout the years. He was taught by Wim Becu, Ben Haemhouts, Phil Abraham (B), Ilya Reyngoud (NL), Marshall Gilkes, Andy Martin (USA), Avishai Cohen (tpt, USA), Ambrose Akinmusire (USA),...

He is active as a freelancer in a variety of formations, mostly jazz & big band. Please have a look at the projects. Manten adores the virtuosity of jazz trombone players such as Bill Watrous or Frank Rosolino aside from the very lyrical playing of Bert Joris (tpt) or Phil Abraham.

Manten The Composer was the result of a pure urge to create. Combining early voice leading methods with functional jazz harmony and ignoring all kinds of police attitude, Manten creates a wide variety of music for a wide variety of ensembles: from solo piano over string quartet to symphonic orchestra, from jazz combo to bigband (including arrangements), from schlager to cross rythm. Stylistically, the listener may only be confused when attempting to classify. Manten is mostly autodidact but had reviews and masterclasses by experience composers/arrangers such as Bart Picqeur (B), René Stegman (NL) and Pierre Bertrand (FR) and peer reviews by musicians.

Aside composing, he wrote arrangements for Quintessence Bigband feat. Paul Michiels (6 arr.) and for the project 'Here's to Ella' (7 arr.) with Ibernice Macbean (NL). Manten writes on request.