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Album presentation “ORLANDO” (Hypnote Records, 11.2020)

Belgian saxophonist Toine Thys introduces the french-Belgian group ORLANDO, featuring his recent collaborations with the French scene. This group bears the enigmatic name of the hero of the eponymous and mysterious novel by Virginia Woolf. Like Orlando who swears to remain immortal and who will cross many eras, these four musicians experience together the many aspects of their reality and their evolution through time.
A variety of styles and tones, subtle rhythms, music where joy and melancholy mingle at every moment. Played with ease, this music invites you to travel in a poetic universe, and opens the door to the great outdoors. The drumming is airy, and the central double bass breathes like the old tree under which Orlando throws himself. The sound and silences are skillfully shared with the melodies of the bass clarinet, and the ever-changing chords of the virtuoso piano: Musical adventure is at the center of this quartet. 
To encourage listening and interaction between the musicians, they chose to record the entire album in a single open space (without cabins or headsets). The concentration is palpable, and the musicians are guided by their instinct and trust in each other.