Making a Scene presents an interview with Tomás Doncker!
Producer, Singer, Songwriter & Guitarist Tomás Doncker has been a mainstay on the New York music scene for over twenty years. He cut his teeth hanging out downtown in the fertile punk-funk explosion of the 1980s. Quickly, he found himself among the ranks of New York’s groundbreaking musical elite and in such groups as: James Chance & The Contortions, James White & The Blacks, Defunkt, Latin-groove-meisters Konk and New York’s absolute 1st hip hop group, J. Walter Negro & The Loose Joints (featuring Grammy-nominated pianist Arturo O’Farrill).
Tomás has amassed performance and recording credits with a diverse List of musical luminaries including: Bootsy Collins, Ivan Neville, Yoko Ono, Amp Fiddler, Bonnie Raitt, folk-pop-diva Morley, Japanese saxophonist Sadao Watanabe, Grammy winner Prince Charles Alexander’s City Beat Band & spoken word / hip-hop pioneers Sonya Sanchez & Toni Blackman.
Tomás released “Inside Out” 2008 which features his band Danny Sadownick, Booker King and Etienne Lytle. The album was produced by Tomás with Hollins Steele co-producing at The Steele Factory. 2009 has been a very productive year for Tomás and his band. He has released two highly anticipated CD’s: a collection of new songs with pulitzer-prize winning poet Yussef Komonyaka titled “The Mercy Suite” which features performances by some of contemporary music’s most ground breaking artist such as Meshell Ndegeocello, Chocolate Genius, Morley, Marvin Sewell, Karma Johnson, Brandon Ross, Booker King, Daniel Sadownick and Corey Glover . Also, a Global/Soul CD titled “Small World” with guest appearances by Martha Redbone, Karen Bernod, Audrey Martell, Keith Fluitt, KUKU, Ayib Dieng and Karma Johnson.
As part of Tomás’s ongoing humanitarian efforts, this CD was used to help promote the “SOLAR COOKER PROJECT”, a division of the “Jewish World Watch”, helping to empower the women and children of Darfur.
Tomás currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.