ABOUT

REIS DEMUTH WILTGEN

“This trio is a real discovery.”
- Marlbank.net

“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!”
- Tribune2lartiste.com

“The Reis Demuth Wiltgen Trio swept the audience along with its vigorous music.”
- OttawaJazzScene.ca

“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.”
- Tribune2lartiste.com

 

Pianist Michel Reis, bassist Marc Demuth and drummer Paul Wiltgen are three of Luxembourgʼs most up and coming jazz musicians. They formed the Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen Trio in 1998 while still in high school and performed on a regular basis in and around Luxembourg for a couple of years. The trio reunited in 2011 eager to share their experiences and new compositions. 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 and Asia. The band has recorded its sophomore album in New York City, which is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2016.

Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen Trio is part of a fast growing jazz scene in Luxembourg. For many years, musicians such as Michel Pilz, Ernie Hammes and Roby Glod have held their own on stages throughout the world. The Luxembourg jazz scene continues to push its frontiers, bringing forth captivating young artists such as Pascal Schumacher and Maxime Bender. Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen have strong ties to their home country, and are among these emerging talents who through experience, learning and reflection, have acquired a worldly open mindedness and eagerness to bring their music to audiences worldwide. With their European style of melodic composition, set to an almost American sounding rhythm section that is exciting and dynamic, yet grounding and settled, Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen share the diversity of current jazz and a laid-back Europe.

MICHEL REIS
Born in Luxembourg, Michel Reis discovered Music at an early age. After four years of classical training at the piano, Reisʼs introduction to jazz and improvisation unlocked new and exciting possibilities for him as a pianist and composer. The decision to make music his profession made him move to the United-States to study with some of the greatest musicians of our time.
In Boston Massachusetts, Reis attended Berklee College of Music and The New England Conservatory where he worked and performed with Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, Dave Holland, George Garzone, Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, Esperanza Spalding and Hal Crook. Six years of extensive studies and an unwavering dedication to his craft set a foundation for the well-rounded musician he is today.
A pianist, improviser, composer, and arranger, Reis shares his passion for music all over the world. Having performed in Europe, the United States, Central America, and Japan, he is proud and humbled to be developing an international reputation as an artist who expresses himself at the piano with an honest and authentic intention that cannot go unnoticed.
Currently based in New York, Reis has three albums out under his name: A Young Mind (2005) and Fairytale (2009) both for the European record label Waltzing-Parke Records. He just released his third album entitled Point of No Return for the American label Armored Records.
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. Reis uses music as a vehicle for understated and sincere communication with himself and his audience.
He is truly a poet at the piano.
MARC DEMUTH
Over the past several years, Luxembourg bassist Marc Demuth has emerged as a strong new voice in the European jazz scene. He has shared the stage with musicians like Michael Brecker, Kenny Werner, Slide Hampton, Erwin Van, Hein van de Geyn, Florian Weber, Jef Neve, John Ruocco, Guy Cabay, Jacques Pirroton, Phil Abraham and Felix Simtaine, amongst others. In 2001, Marc won “Best Soloist” at the annual Rotary Jazz Competition in Wavre, Belgium. He also won the prestigious Jazz Competition in Avignon, France as part of vibraphonist Pascal Schumacherʼs quartet in 2004. That same year, he toured Europe and Brazil with the European Jazz Orchestra under Portuguese bandleader and composer Pedro Moreira. A long-time musical partnership with Portuguese singer Sofia Ribeiro resulted in numerous appearances at venues and festivals all over Europe and the release of their Duo recording “Dança da Solidão” in 2006. Marcʼs 2008 quartet album “Orik” features Sofia Ribeiro alongside vibraphone player Pascal Schumacher, clarinet player Joachim Badenhorst and drummer Yves Peeters. His educational credentials include a Bachelorʼs degree and a Masterʼs degree from the “Koninklijk Conservatorium” in The Hague, Netherlands as well as diplomas in both electric and acoustic bass from the “Conservatoire Royal” in Brussels, Belgium. As an accomplished jazz educator, Marc shares his experience and insights with the next generation of creative musicians by heading the jazz department at the Echternach Music School in Luxembourg.
PAUL WILTGEN
Luxembourg native Paul Wiltgen, is internationally recognized as an accomplished jazz percussionist, an imaginative composer and a visionary bandleader. An artist in the truest sense of the word, Paul compellingly balances his musical aesthetic and his personal passion, creating a sound from the drums that simultaneously supports and inspires. 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.