- Luxemburger Michel Reis studied in Boston and is living in New York, where his first releases were highly praised by the press
- His teachers and friends (like Joe Lovano and Danilo Perez) see him as one of the most interesting talents in the world of jazz
- He choose sidemen who are the "creme de la creme" of the young German jazz generation
Music is able to trigger very different feelings in listeners, even without support from additional visual information and without bodily contact. Music, which stimulates immediate feelings of happiness, deserves special attention. Michel Reis has succeeded in this, and he will reach many people with his gift. A basis has already been created for this, because the compositions demonstrate an amazing melodic character. Because they are catchy on one hand, easy to understand: yes, are even "simply beautiful". But they still have a complexity, which lets the pieces created sound neither banal nor plain. Quite the contrary: Crackling tension is created during the complete CD, which causes us to forget time.
Michel Reis did not compose the pieces in a vacuum, but instead specifically for these band members and these instruments, with their skills and respectively own interpretations as well as their special tone quality and their "playing philosophy". The result is a total work of art, which causes people to take notice.
The Luxembourger started with his music education and training at an early age, first classical music and then later jazz, including at the Conservatory of the City of Luxembourg: not just actual playing, but also theory and composition. He soon realized that he wanted and had to concentrate on jazz, but that he had to go out into the world for this. He moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. He has earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the meantime, but his studies, joint appearances and work phases with the most important contemporary jazz musicians were a lot more important: from George Garzone, Esperanza Spaulding, Ran Blake and Joe Lovano all the way to Dave Holland. All, who experienced Michel Reis, are certain that they met an extraordinary pianist. "A very exceptional pianist and composer" (Joe Lovano); "a musician of outstanding talent, discipline and seriousness" (Danilo Perez). His first CDs, which were released by American labels, were highly praised: "a tremendous pianist" (Down Beat), "a musical storyteller" (AllAboutJazz), and "his place in the realm of jazz pianists is assured" (JazzReview).
Although Michel Reis is now releasing his first CD at a European label, the members of his quartet have long been old acquaintances at Double Moon Records – but also in jazz clubs and at festivals in Germany, Europe and the world. They are among the shining stars of the young jazz musician scene in Germany: Jonas Burgwinkel, drummer in demand internationally, who has won numerous prizes (Echo Jazz, WDR Jazzpreis, Best Soloist Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival), is an extremely sensitive and empathic beat generator. He currently also proves this not the least in the successful German piano trio with Pablo Held. There alongside of the also extraordinarily successful and noted bassist Robert Landfermann. He has also won the most important jazz prizes and has a very impressive career for someone just turned 30. All of this is the result of his ability to play technically demanding phrases with a relaxed elegance, but also thanks to his melodic ideas and a stupendous variety in dynamics, which you do not actually believe is possible with the instrument. Stephan Karl Schmid had his debut in the series "Jazz thing Next Generation" in 2012 with a tentet, which is also composed of the currently most important young jazz musicians in Germany This proves that he has already passed the newcomers' phase. Following studies in the USA and graduation from Cologne Music College, numerous prizes and performances, he is on the best path to become a solidly established big name as his quartet co-musicians are.