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tHUNder Duo -- A Night of World Class Drumming

A unique percussive experience is coming to the West Shore!

West Shore Arts Council - Kristi Hoffman, November 1, 2017

tHUNder Duo -- A Night of World Class Drumming
Kornel and Gabor pictured together.

Comprising of master percussionist Kornel Horvath and rising-star drummer Gabor Dornyei, tHUNder Duo is the world’s leading percussive duo. Their UK and European tours have received critical acclaim following sold out performances. The duo’s energetic rhythms and masterful techniques combine diverse international musical styles, ranging from traditional to modern. With an appearance at the NAMM Show in California, broadcasts via Drum Channel from LA and DRUMEO, and numerous performances and master classes at top universities in Europe, the US and the UK, tHUNder Duo’s international popularity continues to grow.

Both artists have also earned incredible success in their solo careers. In 2016, readers of the UK-based magazine Rhythm voted Hungarian-born Horvath “the best percussionist in the world”. Dornyei’s talents are also in high demand. He has performed at hundreds of festivals including the London Jazz Festival, Sziget Festival, and Glastonbury Festival, and for three consecutive years he played in the London production of Michael Jackson Thriller Live.

Following concerts and drumming clinics in Europe, Asia, and the US, tHUNder Duo will be performing in Langford on November 4th.

“We are very excited to bring this unique and high quality concert to the West Shore, in co-operation with the West Shore Arts Council,” stated Andreas David, drum instructor and owner of the Westshore Music Academy. For the past two years David has been working to bring Dornyei and Horvath to Vancouver Island, amid their busy touring schedules.

“Their traditional world rhythms from India, the Middle East, and Latin America mixed with modern western styles is going to mesmerize the audience. And to see them playing together using hand drum instruments that are thousands of years old in combination with the modern drum set that has only been around for a bit more than a hundred years, will be a treat for our eyes and ears,” David continued.

“The West Shore Arts Council so pleased to help bring this unique and memorable duo, which has performed at major cities internationally, to our West Shore community,” said Laura Davis, President of the West Shore Arts Council. “We expect this performance to be especially appealing to young musicians and local youth,” she stated.

Dornyei will also be offering a master class at Westshore Music Academy on November 4th. This four-hour workshop for advanced drummers is highly anticipated by the local drumming community. “We had some amazing world-class drummers in the past at our Academy for classes, including Thomas Lang, Jost Nickel, and Claus Hessler, and this is another highlight we can proudly present,” David explained.


The November 4th tHUNder Duo performance will take place at 8pm at Belmont Secondary School (3041 Langford Lake Rd). Tickets are $30 for adults or $15 for youth 18 and under and will be available at the door.

The master class will run from 10am-2:30pm on November 4th at Westshore Music Academy (#134 - 1039 Langford Pkwy).

Call 250-532-0228 or email for more information.


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