Saxophonist/composer Thomas Faist is a renowned player on the European jazz scene.
Awarded early in his career with a prize for interpretative art by the city of Munich, Thomas worked with many celebrities of Jazz like Clark Terry, Al Cohn, Sam Rivers, Charly Mariano, Dusko Goykovich, Sal Nistico, Albert Mangelsdorf, Bill Frisell, Herb Geller and many others. He frequently toured Europe, North and South America with various bands or his own groups. He participated in international festivals like Paris, Lugano, Zurich, Burghausen, Aspen/Colorado and Jakarta.
Thomas Faists spare, soulful, understated musical style projects an intimate warmth. His own music is a blend of enticing rhythms and melodies from around the world, infused with the infectious swing and the harmonies of jazz. As a player he is able to cover a wide range of musical situations.
With his Thomas Faist Quintet he plays mostly original compositions and his own arrangements. The current lineup with Thomas on woodwinds, Filip Wisniewski on guitar, Walter Lang on piano, Thomas Stabenow on bass und drummer Rick Hollander—all of them first class players—, is frequently performing at jazz venues like the well-known jazz club Unterfahrt in Munich.
Thomas Faist has released 3 Albums with his quartets/quintets, which documents his work as a composer and were highly appreciated by the jazz critics.
In 2012 BR Radio (German Radio Broadcasting System) presented Thomas Faists music in an 1-hour feature with live interview.