“This trio is a real discovery.”
“Nouveau souffle venu du Luxembourg...”
- Jazz News Magazine
“... un disque à lʼéquilibre parfait, entre écriture européenne et puissance rythmique US ...”
- TSF Jazz
“Le trio a créé la sensation ... au Festival Saveurs Jazz!”
“The Reis Demuth Wiltgen Trio swept the audience along with its vigorous music.”
“Musique énergisante, le trio a simplement conquis le public par son entrain sur scène et la fraicheur de son jazz.
... Ce trio est éblouissant sur scène et donne lʼenvie de le suivre tant il vous captive.”
Their self-titled first album was released on Laborie Jazz to widespread critical acclaim. Since the release, the band has toured extensively throughout the world and has appeared at major international jazz festivals in Europe, Asia and North America. The trio was named Luxembourg's "Export Artist Of The Year" in 2013. The band's sophomore album "Places In Between" was recorded in New York City and released in 2016 on Double Moon Records (Mocloud Records, Japan).
The repertoire of “Places In Between” was premiered at a festival in Luxembourg where the trio featured the world-renowned saxophonist Joshua Redman. Since 2014 Redman has been playing several of the trio's compositions with his own bands. In March 2018, the trio will tour in Europe with Joshua Redman as a featured guest. This tour includes a performance at the Philharmonie Luxembourg featuring the music of Reis/Demuth/Wiltgen arranged for the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg by multiple Grammy Award winning composer and conductor Vince Mendoza.
Michel Reis has released seven albums as a leader: A Young Mind (2005) and Fairytale (2009) for Waltzing-Parke Records, Point of No Return (2011) for Armored Records, “Reis Demuth Wiltgen”(2013) for the French label Laborie Jazz, ‘’Hidden Meaning’’ (2013), “Capturing This Moment” (2015) and ‘’Places In Between’’ (2016) for Double Moon Records / Challenge Int. / Mocloud Records Japan.
A native of Luxembourg, Michel Reis began studying classical piano and Jazz Piano, Composition and Theory at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg. To further his musical training, Reis moved to Boston, MA to study at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, obtaining first a Bachelor of Music and then a Master of Music in jazz piano and composition.
Michel Reis has performed with Didier Lookwood, Gast Waltzing, Richard Bona, Patrick Zimmerli, Jeff Ballard, Joshua Redman, Esperanza Spalding, George Garzone, Paul Wiltgen, Marc Demuth, Jonas Burgwinkel, Robert Landfermann, Stefan Karl Schmid, Niels Klein, Louis Moutin, Mauro Gargano, Jonathan Orland and many more. Besides performing, Michel Reis works extensively as a composer, arranger and orchestrator.
In 2005, Reis was a finalist in the First Moscow Competition for Jazz Performers. A year later, he took second prize at the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition. Two years in a row, Michel Reis won the Export Artist of the Year award from the Luxembourg export office music:LX, in 2013 with the Reis Demuth Wiltgen Trio, and in 2014 as a solo artist.
Michel Reis is a Steinway Artist.
After an extensive classical tutelage at the Music Conservatory in Esch/Alzette (Luxembourg) and at various music workshops throughout the world, he completed both undergraduate and graduate jazz studies at Manhattan School of Music, learning from the likes of John Riley, David Liebman, Samir Chatterjee & Michael Abene.
Wiltgen is in the vanguard of today’s jazz scene, having worked with many of its leading voices, including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mike Moreno, Dave Binney, Lage Lund, Patrick Cornelius, Michael Janisch, Ambrose Akinmusire and Will Vinson. Wiltgen is the leader of a New York band named “The Paislies”, which released its debut album on the Fresh Sound New Talent record label. He is one of the original members of The TransAtlantic Collective (Woodville Records, UK), a vivacious contemporary jazz ensemble made up of musicians based in London and New York City. He is also an active member of the Organic Trio which features renowned New Orleans guitarist Brian Seeger. Paul Wiltgen endorses Canopus Drums.