The piano trio Donder can, without hesitation, be added to the list of well-achieving Belgian collectives such as De Beren Gieren, SCHNTZL, and Hoera. Its debut album Still (2016) proved, in its simplicity, that this trio contains an enormous amount of talent and it received raving reviews from the United States and Europe.
In October 2017, Donder entered STORM!, a competition for young groups organised by ‘Kunstencentrum KAAP’, Jazzlab Series and Jazzmozaïek, and won the first prize convincingly. They’re following up previous winners Nordmann and SCHNTZL, both bands of whom their career accelerated after winning this prize.
The jury of the competition said the following words about the achievement: “Donder excelled with its teamwork, the cohesiveness in the group, the buildup of the set and the use of the silence.”
The band released a second, untitled album in the beginning of 2018, with the addition to the trio of the Danish saxophonist Lars Greve. This Danish connection is not a coincidence. Bass player Stan Callewaert has studied at the Conservatorium of Copenhagen in recent years and became fascinated by the local scene.
With its third album Keukenpraat (W.E.R.F. Records, Belgium) they question the classical piano trio in their own way. In eleven tracks, they get the listener to submerge in a melancholic bath where modesty sets the tone. No excess of soloist violence, no excess frills, but a world of atmospheres where their fascination of the everyday life shines through.
Harrison Steingueldoir – piano
Stan Callewaert – double bass
Casper Van De Velde – drums, percussion