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...