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Tamin' Thunder across Durham Region and beyond!

Fronted by lead singer, Ilse Themen, this four piece band is rockin' the GTA!  As a cover band, they keep their audience moving to a mix of top 40, dance, classic rock, and old school R&B.  If you're not dancing, you'll be singing along to your favorites!

Meet the band members below! 

Ilse

Theo 

Joe

Randall

 
 
 

Ilse Themen

Lead Vocals

She has won the titles of National and World Tribute Artist Champion for her performances as a Whitney Houston Tribute Artist, and now fronts her own band, Tamin Thunder.

Ilse founded the band in 2003, performing across the GTA.  Opening for such artists as Juno award winners, Amanda Wilkinson, Shane Yellowbird, and Jack De Keyser.  Stage appearances for many charity events include, Charity for S.E.A.S. Centre, The Lakeridge Hospital Centre, KX96 Million Penny Toy Drive, and has hosted The United Way fundraiser held in 2007.

She's edgy vocals, mixed with sweet sultry tones, and projects powerful vocal ability.  She genuinely loves her audience, and it shows!

Influences:  Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Pink, Beth Hart, Melissa Etheridge, Billy Holiday, Etta James.

"Wow!" quotes All Nichols, host of The Durham Life Show, " I want a copy of your first CD!"

Fans quote: "She gives me goose pimples!", "Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!", "I'm your number one fan!"

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Theo Moraitis

Bass

He loves to "Pop" his bass!  Theo gives it all he's got!  A well rehearsed bassist residing in Toronto.  He plays it all, from Rock to Disco, and Funk to Blues, he holds down the bottom end and keeps the rhythm section hoppin'!

Influences: Ramones, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Chris Moralis, B B King, Bob Marley, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inche Nails, Led Zeplin, U2,

Genres:  Pop, Classic Rock, Jazz, Alternative, Punk, Prog Rock, Reggae, Blues, Hard Rock,Jazz Fusion, Idustrial, Electrica

 

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Joe Bartello

Drums 

At the age of 3, Joe was inspired to become a percussionist when his parents took him to see Gene Krupa.  That inspiration has continued throughout his life.

Extensive training in a wide variety of music styles during high school, privately, shaped him for university.  He attended the University of Western Ontario for music education, which resulted in this musician’s thirty year professional career performing with recording artists, touring around the world, and becoming a private educator.

 

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Randall Chung 

Lead Guitar 

"Randall Johnson Chung is a Toronto, Canada- based guitarist who's textural flavor is a mixture of Jazz, Blues and Latin laden material reminiscent of Detroit based signature sound guitarist Bobby Murray, and vocals that are like the Detroit blues sound, with dynamic and graceful chops in each riff. As long as RJC focuses on the type of music being played his work will continue to excel. "

Mark Grove, Canadian Guitar Player Magazine

Randall Johnson Chung is versatile guitarist, bandleader, composer, whose flashy guitar style has appeared on recordings from as far away as Hong Kong.

Randall grew up listening to jazz, blues, rock, reggae, and Latin music, and incorporates all of these influences into his playing style.

Randall earned a degree in music from York University, where he was the 1993 recipient of the prestigious Oscar Peterson Scholarship, awarded for excellence in Jazz Performance.

Influences:  Carlos Santana, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Greenwich, Jimmy Hendrix, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Bob Marley, Frank Marino.

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