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Christian Thomé

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Christian Thomé (2015 in concert with Albrecht Maurer, Marei Seuthe, Markus Schieferdecker and Alex Gunia at the Cologne Music Night)

Christian Thomé (born 7 January 1970 in Düsseldorf) is a German jazz drummer.

Life and work

Thomé learned to play the clarinet, piano and saxophone as well as the drums. From 1991 to 1997 he attended the Hogeschool voor de kunsten Arnhem, where he was a student of Joop van Erven and René Creemers. Since 1997 he lives in Cologne and works as a drummer, composer, arranger, producer and pedagogue.

Already during his studies he was active in various bands and projects. He worked at the European Dance Development Center with the Italian dancer Paola Bartoletti and at the WDR with the Auryn Quartet and played with Michael Moore, Achim Kaufmann, Christian Brockmeier, Sebastian Gramss’ Underkarl (feat. Nils Wogram), Paul Heller, Nicolas Simion, Jorrit Dijkstra, Henning Sieverts and Hartmut Kracht, among others

From 1995 to 1997 he was active in the band ditties + to-do (with Sam Leigh-Brown, Tobias Lessnow, Andreas Wahl and Robert Dietermann). In 1997 he was one of the founders of the trio Dittyland with Manfred Portugall and Stephan Meinberg, with whom he performed in Germany and the Netherlands. In 1998 he founded the septet tomatic 7 (with Sam Leigh-Brown, Gabriel Pérez, Stephan Meinberg, Manfred Portugall, Jürgen Friedrich and Sebastian Räther), with whom the CD tomatic 7 “hauptstrom” was released in 1999. With these bands he had successes at jazz festivals among others (1996-97) in Leipzig, in Breda (Netherlands), at the Nederlands Jazz Concours in Leuwaarden, 1999 in Getxo (Spain) and at the Europ` Jazz Contest in Hooeilaart.

With the trio Schleisiek/Döring/Thomé (with Robert Schleisiek and Stefan Döring) the CD Hot Music was released in 1999. In 2000 he worked with Céline Rudolph in the duo Rodolph-Thomé, in 2001 the CD Lühning was released with the band Lühning(with Inga Lühning, Mario Mammone and Helmuth Fass). In the same year he founded the quartet The HoHoHo Business with Ralph Beerkircher, Michael Thieke and Stephan Meinberg. In 2014 he released the album Timbuktu with Hans Lüdemann and Aly Keïta in the trio Ivoire.

In addition, he has worked with musicians such as Lee Konitz, Peter Kowald, Ike Willis, John Goldsby, Markus Stockhausen, Claudio Puntin, Till Brönner, Dieter Manderscheid, Sebastian Hess, Stefan Heidtmann, Michiel Braam as well as Oene van Geel and is a drummer in Katrin Scherer’s trio Momentum. He can also be heard on albums by Thomas Heberer, Georg Ruby, Jürgen Friedrich, Katja Riemann and Efrat Alony.

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