Last Minute Panic EP:
Released Oct 28th 2017 on Honolulu Records.
"Even in Thunderblender's most intense improvisational flights there's an abiding sense of the three musicians locked on the same intuitive wavelength, whereby freedom and control are but two sides of the same coin. Gutsy yet melodic, rhythmically complex yet grooving, there's plenty to admire in this fine debut." - Ian Patterson, All About Jazz
Awarded the "Toots Thielemans Award", Thunderblender is a Brussels based jazz/improv trio led by Sam Comerford. It combines adventurous free improvisation, beautiful moments and heavy grooves, tied together in long-form compositions inspired by artists like Tim Berne and Henry Threadgill. It features three of the most exciting young musicians on the European scene. After playing at the Concours Tremplin d'Avignon 2017, Sam was awarded the prize for best instrumentalist.
Sam Comerford (IE) - tenor and bass saxophone, compositions
Sam plays tenor and bass sax in groups such as Aerie, Umbra, Insufficient Funs, ODIL, Eve Beuvens' Heptatomic and the Warm Bad. He represented Ireland for two years in the European Saxophone Ensemble, and twice at the 12 Points Festival.
Hendrik Lasure (BE) - piano
At 20 years old, Hendrik has drawn critical acclaim as one of the most exciting pianists of his generation. He plays piano and synthesiser in the award winning duo SCHNTZL, who released their debut album on De Werf records in 2016.
Jens Bouttery (BE) - drums, bass synth
One of the most in demand drummers in and out of Belgium, Jens plays in groups ranging from jazz and pop to experimental theatre, such as Jens Maurits Orchestra, Les Chroniques de l'Inutile, Geroezemoes, Llop and Jef Neve's "Spirit Control". Co-founder of new Brussels label ~suite.
Live review by Ian Patterson in All About Jazz
Interview and preview of Irish tour on marlbank
Last Minute Panic review in All About Jazz
Last Minute Panic review in Jazz’halo
Live review by Franck Bergerot in Jazz Magazine (FR)
Interview with Paul Godderis of Jazz'halo
24 April - Flagey, Brussels, Belgium (double bill with Hendrik Lasure’s “warm bad”)
5 April - Cultuurcentrum Casino, Koksijde, Belgium (double bill with “warm bad”)
Irish Tour, March 2018 - more info here.
6th March, 9pm - Crane Lane Theatre, Cork - free entry
7 March, 8.30pm - Black Gate, Galway - €10 on the door
(with support from Matthew Berrill & Aengus Hackett)
8 March, 8pm - Black Box, Belfast - Tickets
(part of Brilliant Corners Festival)
10 March, 7.30pm - Fumbally Stables, Dublin - Tickets
(part of Spectrum Festival)
11 March, 3pm - Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford - Tickets
4 January - De Ruimte, Amsterdam (double bill with Geroezemoes)
7 January - Café Roskam, Brussels
8 February 2017 - De Koer, Gent, Belgium. Facebook event
18 February 2017 - VOLTA, Brussels, Belgium. Facebook event
30 April 2017 - International Jazz day, Café Roskam, Brussels, Belgium.
4 June 2017 - Ham Sessions, Gent, Belgium. Ham Sessions website
4 August 2017 - Concours Tremplin Jazz Avignon, France. Website
18 August 2017 - "So What?", Vrijstaat O, Oostende, Belgium.
27 October 2017 - STORM! Contest, KAAP, De Werf, Bruges, Belgium
28 October 2017 - EP release, Walter, Brussels
© Images by Thefoghouse and Joris Lasure