I find in SYOS’ mouthpieces the flexibility, the sound projection and warmth that suit me very well to play my music.
The sound of Toine Thys is quite powerful and bright, while keeping some warmness in the spreading of the sound. The mouthpiece we created for Toine gives him the possibility to deploy easily this timbre in all the registers of the tenor.
Saxophonist tenor from Brussels, Toine Thys, likes to create surprise by his energetic play and his full and warm sound.
The Brussels saxophonist Toine Thys is an intense musician who loves to create surprise. On the Tenor, his play is adventurous and energetic, and his sonority is always full and warm. Main figure of the saxophone and the bass clarinet in Belgium, he is also heard regularly in France and Europe, but also in West Africa, South America, Asia and New York. As a very active leader and teacher, he composes for different training courses as well as for films and TV programs.
Among his projects, he has traveled across Europe since 2008 with the TOINE THYS TRIO, with The incredible Arno Krijger at the Hammond organ and Antoine Pierre on drums. After The End Of Certainty ('Revelation' in Jazzmag), they release GRIZZLY in February 2015 (Igloo Rec.). At the Jeunesses Musicales’ request in 2013, Toine Thys wrote a musical tale for children: "La Mélodie Philosophale", with Jens Bouttery (drums and musical saw), and Eric Bribosia (keyboards). In this children's show, Toine wrote the narrative, composed the music, plays the saxophone and narrates the tale.
In 2013, Toine launches DERviSH, an electronic trio where the saxophonist explores the effects with Patrick Dorcean (drums) and Dries Laheye (bass), in a Electro / jazz / pop universe. Their "Abstracks" EP is well received in the world of music electro.
Besides his personal projects, Toine Thys is also in the African bands Protokol (Burkina Faso), Bounce Trio (FR), Antoine Pierre Group (B), OK OTTO Malian griot Sidiki Camara (Mali), and alongside percussionist Chris Joris, and Take the Duck. Toine worked with RACKHAM, Ben Monder, Anne Paceo, Jozef Dumoulin, Andrew D'Angelo, Reggie Washington, Zophop Hop, and took courses with Joe Lovano, Seamus Blake, Chris Potter, Dave Holland, etc… He is also a visiting professor in internships in Europe, Africa and South Korea. He is very active in defending the rights of musicians.