Toine Thys

Toine Thys is a central figure for saxophone and bass clarinet in Belgium. He is active as a leader of his own projects, TOINE THYS TRIO, ORLANDO, OVERSEAS, RACKHAM and SLOWFI. He can be heard as well in Europe Western and Central Africa, Asia, Canada.

Toine Thys leads the Toine Thys Trio with Arno Krijger (NL) on Hammond organ and drummer Karl Jannuska (CAN). After 2 cds (« Révélation» in the French JAZZMAN, « découverte » and Jazznews, « Must » on TSF Jazz), they released a third album « THE OPTIMIST » (2019 on IGLOO Records) featuring international stars SAM YAHEL (Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Steely Dan) on Hammond, HERVE SAMB (Youssoun Dour, Lisa Simone, David Murray, Salif Keita) on guitar and drummer KARL JANNUSKA, and was recorded in New York.

He co-leads ORLANDO, a project with drummer Antoine Pierre and french musicien Florent Nisse (bass) and Maxime Sanchez (piano), as well as the new all star band and cross-over group OVERSEAS, together with egyptian oud player Ihab Radwan, Annemie Osborne (cello), Zé Luis Nascimento (percussions) and Harmen Fraanje (piano).

As a sideman, he is playing with formations Antoine Pierre’s URBEX, Laïla Amezian Sheikhs Shikhats, Afrikan Protokol (Burkina/Belgique), Bounce Trio (FR),), Ben Monder (USA), Andrew D’Angelo, african griot Zouratié Kone Ensemble (Burkina Faso), Barm Weijtezrs CRAZY MEN...


”Ça vaut largement une minute de silence, y’a que les épilés qui ne sentent pas leurs poils se dresser. On dirait qu’ils pratiquent une séance d’hypnose collective de haut niveau” Alain Gauthier, Culture Jazz, Paris 2019

“D'un bonheur tranquille à l'allégresse, en passant par d'authentiques moments de frayeur et de rage” François Marinot, Jazz Magazine, ****

The Optimist is soulful, lyrical and harmonically rich, not to mention the quality improvisations. /.../ This music is going to appeal to many jazz fans, especially those of us in the African continent. Murimi Eston, the Nairobian, 2019

“Chacune de ces nouvelles formations mixtes que Thys initie est une belle invitation d'ouverture à l'Autre, au monde..

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