IFO feat. Ralph Alessi

★ ★ ★ ★ “Stunningly original ” – Downbeat Jazz Magazine

★ ★ ★ ★ “Koo is the type of piano player that appears to be painting with luscious pastel strokes. Melodies that, like a goldfinch, elegantly lift off and settle down again.” Trouw

★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 “Beautiful … touching … elevating. – Jazzism

“Koo has a very well though-out sound, every note has its meaning. He’s a magnificent pianist, with a lot of respect towards detail, sense of color and dynamics.” – Jazzenzo

“We should be thankful that the young Koo -after having lived in The Netherlands, Copenhagen and the United States- is back in Belgium again. Because this record truly makes you dream!” – Jazz&Mo


IFO (Identified Flying Object) feat. Ralph Alessi

Alex Koo – piano, keys and electronics
Attila Gyárfás – drums and electronics
Ralph Alessi – trumpet


Sadly, IFO’s March 2020 tour was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. BUT! Good news:

IFO will be presenting their new CD, feat. Ralph Alessi, in JANUARY 2021 on De WERF Records, together with a release tour. So stay tuned for more concert updates!



NL: Het gaat erg snel voor de jonge Belgisch-Japanse pianist/componist Alex Koo, die momenteel hoge toppen scheert als opkomend toptalent in binnen- en buitenland. Onlangs werd zijn CD ‘Appleblueseagreen‘, met Amerikaanse grootheden Ralph Alessi en Mark Turner, bejubeld door het wereldbefaamde Downbeat Jazz Magazine en verkozen in hun lijst van ‘Best Albums of 2019‘, met 4 sterren en de woorden ” Stunningly original . Vooral de klik met ECM-icoon Alessi was zo bijzonder (Downbeat: ‘the monster trumpeter who hails from a separate world altogether’) dat een verdere samenwerking tussen de twee onvermijdelijk was.

Hiernaast vormt Alex al enige tijd het duo IFO (Identified Flying Object) samen met jong stokkengeweld Attila Gyárfas, dé drummer bij uitstek van de bruisende jazz- en impro-scène van Boedapest. Nu komen ze als kersvers trio samen met Alessi hun gloednieuwe CD presenteren (WERF Records). Hun muziek, een mix van lyrische composities en improvisaties die op de grens liggen tussen filmmuziek, minimalisme en soundscaping, kan je het best beschrijven als een trip door de ruimte


EN: Belgian-Japanese pianist and composer Alex Koo is currently making a name for himself as a promising young talent on the European jazz scene. Recenly, his CD ‘Appleblueseagreen‘, with American icons Ralph Alessi and Mark Turner, was praised by Downbeat Jazz Magazine and included in their list of ‘Best Albums of 2019‘, with 4 stars and the mention ” Stunningly original . Alex’s strong musical connection with ECM-trumpeter Alessi (Downbeat: ‘the monster trumpeter who hails from a separate world altogether’) lead to their second collaboration:

IFO (Identified Flying Object) began as the duo project of Alex Koo together with drummer and long time musical soul mate Attila Gyárfas, another young talent from Budapest’s thriving jazz scene. Transformed into a captivating trio featuring the great Ralph Alessi, they will be presenting their new CD in January 2021 , releasing with renowned Belgian label De WERF Records. Their music, a mix of lyrical compositions and improvisations bordering film music, minimalism and soundscaping, you can describe in the best possible way as a trip through space.