Donder – the trio of double bassist Stan Callewaert, pianist Harrison Steingueldoir and drummer Casper Van De Velde – transforms itself into a tantalizing, unusual concept.

The audience settles down around the band on mats and cushions in a barely lit room. The line between stage and hall – musicians and audience – blurs. The darkness acts as a magnifying glass for the smallest details. You become aware of your own breathing, every smallest movement and sound in and around the room. The musicians and audience disappear into a cocoon, disconnected from the outside world. The sense of time and place fades away. A collective trance is created between dream and reality, where everything and everyone becomes a part of the music.

How does the context in which we listen to music affect our concert experience? And what effect does this have on the musicians and the music that is created? In this series of lying down concerts, Donder finds out.

Pianist Harrison Steingueldoir (°1995, BE) finished his masters degree at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in 2017, where he studied piano with Free Desmyter and Erik Vermeulen. Throughout the years Harrison won different awards as soloist and band member and toured through Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Portugal and Japan with Donder, GYJO and coaching projects with Ambrose Akinmusire and Avishai Cohen. Besides being a pianist, Harrison teaches and composes and arranges for bigband.

Drummer Casper Van De Velde (°1995, BE) graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in 2017 where he studied with Teun Verbruggen, Stéphane Galland and Dré Pallemaerts. He won the Storm! Contest both in 2015 with his duo SCHTNZL and again in 2017 with Donder. In 2016 he was awarded the prize for best instrumentalist at the Tremplin Jazz Contest in Avignon. Casper is also active in bands like Bombataz and An Pierlé Quartet and is involved in theater projects.

Bassist Stan Callewaert (°1995, BE) moved to Denmark in 2016 to obtain a master’s degree in Music Performance at the RMC. In 2017 he also completed his masters at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp where he studied with Nicolas Thys and Brice Soniano. Besides Donder, Stan is actively involved in the Copenhagen-based trio Lawaai and has been working on a solo double bass album. He has shared the stage with artists like Randy Peterson, Kresten Osgood and Warren Smith and can be recognized by his rather unconventional, textural approach to the double bass.

Stan Callewaert (BE) – Double bass
Casper Van De Velde (BE) – Drums & percussion
Harrison Steingueldoir (BE) – Piano

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