The Third Guy is a duo based in Brussels, Belgium, featuring Primož Sukič on guitar and Ruben Orio on percussion. Although the two musicians have already been playing together since 2014, when they first met at the post master-academy program offered by the ICTUS ensemble and the HoGent Conservatory, their official debut dates back to January 2017, which was a result of an artistic residency at QO-2; a concert venue based in Brussels, focusing on experimental and contemporary music.
Their musical, and artistic research based on composing works that explore, and blur boundaries between improvisation, programmed computer algorithms, and composition. The ensemble also focuses on collaborating with other musicians (composers, interpreters, improvisers), and artists from other artistic fields, among whom each of them bring in new personalities and aesthetics, that, for every performance, reshape, and sometimes even redefine the identity of the ensemble.
Since the beginning of their first concert in 2017 The Third Guy has premiered more that seven new works all together, composed by composers such as James Saunders, Marko Ciciliani, Caroline Profanter, Matej Bonin, Elina Lukijanova, and Mihael Maierhof. Their performances have taken place in SIRGA Festival (Flix, Catalunia), University of Southampton (UK), Champ d’action in Antwerp, SPOR Festival in Aarhus (Denmark), Ljubljana city museum (Slovenia), Miry concert Hall Ghent, iMAL Brussels.
In November 2019 The Third Guy launched their first official release, “Shrimp & Karaoke” with MIGRO Records. A limited LP which presents two larger works blending together fresh, deep, nonconformist and noisy sounds. On one hand the work by the German composer Michael Maierhof Splitting 56.3 a piece in which motors and mics play the main role in the sound production, it has been composed for the Belgian duo in 2018. On the other, The Third Guy presents their particular way of seeing the musical creation in Why Is Free Improv Boring. Conceived as six short pieces, each one with a different musical code on how the players react on each other’s playing.
31/5 – 2/6/ 2018 Monfort, Portorož Slovenia
30/10/2018 Unerhörte Musik, Berlin, Germany
11/11/2018 Rhizome DC, Washington DC
18/11/2018 Spectrum, Brooklyn, NYC
8/5/2019 Le Lac, Brussels
27-29/5 Workshop and concert, Winkel, Luzern, Switzerland
1/6/2019 La_Capsula, Zürich
2/6/2019 ONO, Bern
24/8/2109 magazijn de SNOEK, Belgium
27/9/2019, SMOG, CHEZ WALTER, Brussels
30/11/2019, Album launch BT Migro Records, Lo and Behold, LONDON