Donder – the trio of double bassist Stan Callewaert, pianist Harrison Steingueldoir and drummer Casper Van De Velde – transforms itself into a tantalizing, unusual concept. Picture it. The musicians take their seats in the middle of the room. The listeners sit – or lie – accompanied by pillows and blankets comfortably around them. The lights are muted; it is as good as dark. The music is extended and quieter than usual. The Donder “Lay Down” concert is born….

The band improvises for two hours, creating a hypnotic carpet of sound that makes time tick slower. Darkness gives way to that extra touch of silence, detail, texture and interaction with space. The sense of place and time rises. The instruments become one. The listeners, musicians and space melt together. Close your eyes, and be tantalized. Join us on an intoxicating journey, or just fall into a deep sleep. Nothing is mandatory, and everything is allowed.

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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