tHUNder Duo
2005
Hungary
Percussion Group
From haunting moments of silence to sudden onslaughts of raging rhythmic roar, the combined energy and technique of tHUNder Duo translates into waves of funky grooves, wild solos, and odd times that elevate listeners into a space where drums and percussion rule the world. This is tHUNder Duo – master percussionist Kornel Horvath and rising-star drummer Gabor Dornyei – speaking, screaming, crying, living and dying through their playing.

tHUNder Duo is a unique experience that combines diverse worlds of influence and directions of rhythmic pursuit, with Kornel and Gabor reinventing traditional styles from around the world as they seek out exciting new rhythms and grooves. At times the Duo stretches dangerously into the unknown. Then, with a stroke of brilliance, everything pulls together and the search is on for yet another head-spinning clave or funkily displaced groove.

This sensational duo is all about music with meaning. Yes, it rages, it roars, and it pulses as it pulls you into a very different world, but tHUNder Duo matters most because Kornel and Gabor are devoted to excellence as well as excitement. They know the music and its meaning.

But best of all, sensational playing that moves and grooves in musical ways is what you'll see, hear, and feel with tHUNder Duo.

Kornel Horvath - percussion
With a flurry of his hands, the armada of percussion pieces surrounding him come to life, speaking the language of rhythm with tones that range from the exotic to the earthy… happy, sad, peaceful, viscious, red, white, black, the sounds you hear and the colors your mind sees when he's making music are what make Kornel such a very unique and special percussionist. With hundreds of recordings and thousands of performances with dozens of rock, pop, jazz, contemporary, world, and improvised music artists to his credit, Kornel has expanded the possibilities of percussion into new worlds beyond his Latin, African and Indian music influences. Such creative innovation has seen him receive many awards and invitations to play and teach at festivals and percussion events around the globe.

A visionary musician whose style and sound offer new perspectives on percussion in the 21st century, with tHUNder Duo Kornel Horvath weaves his rhythms in and around the drumming of Gabor Dornyei, creating pure magic with that armada of percussion and every flurry of his hands.

Gabor Dornyei - drums
With slick syncopations and deep and funky grooves punctuated by wicked chops, the drumming of Gabor Dornyei packs energy and appeal that can seduce a crowd in an intimate club, or bring an arena-packed audience of thousands to its feet. Hand-picked to tour the world with the sensational 'Michael Jackson - Thriller' production, with tHUNder Duo Gabor turn grooves inside out as he dips in, out, and around the percussive forays of his percussionist partner, Kornel Horvath. It is in this setting - drummer and percussionist launching rhythms like rockets - that he discovers more convoluted patterns and even odder time signatures.

He claims music wiped out everything else in his life, but as a natural-born drummer Gabor quickly made his mark, before move from Budapest to London then to touring the world. When you hear first slap of the kick, the snap of his snare, and a sudden burst of energy as crashes come to life under a rapid whipping of his sticks, you know he's got it happening. Gabor Dornyei grooves.
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