VÉLVEZ alias Thom Castañeda was born 1982 in Tirol/Austria and has roots in Mexico.

He came as a talented self-taught artist in terms of pop and world music to Vienna, refined his skills and cultivated his own compositional work over the years.

It was in Vienna 2008, when he founded the ensemble "Donauwellenreiter" (DWR),

that has been praised and recognized for both its outstanding live concerts and recordings.

VÉLVEZ's debut album as a solo artist will be released in spring 2021.

Venues/ Festivals

Steinway Piano Hall, Bogotá (COL)

Worldmusic Festival Hamilton (CAN)

Caldas Fine Jazz, Caldas da Rainhas (POR)

Jazzfestival Cairo (EGY)

Les nuits des nacres, Tulle (FRA)

Expo Milano (ITA)

Hatra Institute Teheran (IRN)

Studio 6, Radio Belgrade (SRB)

Wiener Konzerthaus (AUT)

Wiener Musikverein, Goldener Saal (AUT)

„Jewish Festival“ Warschau (PL)

„Nottingham Festival“ (UK)

Salzburger Festpiele (AUT)

Jazz & the city, Salzburg (AUT)

Jazz around the world, Munich (GER)

Porgy & Bess, Vienna (AUT)

Jazzfestival Freiburg (GER)

Int. Accordion Festival Vienna (AUT)

Outreach Jazzfestival Schwaz (AUT)

Int. Jazzfestival Saalfelden (AUT)

Worldmusic Festival Bolzano (IT)

Spielberg Musikfestival (AUT)

Treibhaus (AUT)

Radio Kulturhaus (AUT)

and more...