A potent release inspired by the Charleston Massacre; guitarist Tomás Doncker's "The Mess We Made" is a racially charged epic that shows his unshakeable political views. Doncker is a renowned New York blues/soul artist. On "This Mess We Made" he gives all of us a glimpse into the bitter realities of modern America.
As a prime mover on New York's downtown "No Wave" scene in the early 1980's, Tomás Doncker cut his teeth as a guitarist with such genre-busting groups as James Chance & The Contortions, Defunkt, J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz and many more. Eventually he went international, touring and recording in Japan with jazz pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, and producing studio and songwriting sessions with Boosty Collins, Yoko Ono, Grammy nominated Reggae vocal group The Itals, and Grammy-winning producer Prince Charles Alexander, to name just a few.
Since then, Doncker has continued to work with an A-list of iconic artists including Ivan Neville (on his solo album "Thanks"), Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Living Colour lead singer Corey Glover, former P-Funk keyboardist Amp Fiddler, 2013 Grammy award nominee Shamekia Copeland, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.
In 2010, Doncker performed for the first time in China as a headlining act at the Shanghai Folk Festival, and in front of an audience of over 100,000 as part of the Shanghai World Expo.
His latest work as a singer/songwriter and producer embraces a broader musical vision that he likes to call Global-Soul, drawing influences from numerous sources, including East and West Africa and the Caribbean. He also frequently collaborates with legendary Grammy Award winning Producer/Bassist Bill Laswell, and his ongoing "Power Of The Trinity" project was featured on CNN on November 27, 2012 (Jimi Hendrix' birthday).
On July 8th, 2014, Tomás released the full length "Moanin' at Midnight: The Howlin' Wolf Project" album, which received widespread acclaim from sources such as Popmatters, All About Jazz, and Howlin' Wolf's own official website, who posted the album. Developed during a critically acclaimed run at NYC SummerStage during the summer of 2013 (and directed by award winning director Alfred Preisser), this project is now being shaped into a multimedia performance concert.
In 2014 Tomás also released his 2nd collaborative effort with legendary poet Yusef Komunyakaa entitled "Big Apple Blues, released via True Groove Records. (Tomás is the CEO/Founder of True Groove Records with an eclectic roster of 12 emerging artists.) The band recently finished the 10 month "Big Apple Blues" East Coast Tour.Now he's preparing for the release of his most important record yet, The Mess We Made.