Press Release, Stockholm 2019-06-26
We are thrilled to present our exclusive Rai Thistlethwayte Sessions – a phenomenal live session series featuring Rai Thistlethwayte (KNOWER, Thirsty Merc, Oz Noy, Christian McBride)!
The Rai Thistlethwayte Sessions contain eight episodes of brilliant performances ranging from funky soul to 80s’ pop vibes and jazz – all featuring the brand new Nord Grand. First out is a funky piece called “Chase The Clouds” with Morgan Ågren behind the drums and Gustaf Hielm on bass.
The sessions were recorded live at RMV Studios in Stockholm, May 2019 and the remaining episodes will be published in the coming months.
Rai is a one of Australia’s most respected musical talents: a highly accomplished pianist, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. His band, Thirsty Merc, has sold over 250,000 albums in Australia, and has been nominated for 5 ARIA awards. Aside from his work in Rock and Pop, Rai performs as a solo artist, based around his love of Jazz, Soul, and Groove music. He has released 4 Solo EPs and has toured Australia and the U.S. since 2012. Some of his notable collaborations have been with ARIA award‐winning guitarist James Muller, Trumpeter James Morrison, and Grammy Nominated U.S. jazz bassist Christian McBride (Sting, Wynton Marsalis band). Currently based between Sydney and Los Angeles, Rai tours globally with U.S. Funk/Electronic band KNOWER and New York based guitarist Oz Noy. Thirsty Merc has just completed 72 shows for their ‘Summer 2019’ Tour and Rai is performing select solo shows in Australia to close out the year.