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Pianist and Composer Michel Reis, started his musical training at an early age. A native of Luxembourg, he began studying classical piano with Serge Bausch and Jazz Piano, Composition and Theory with Kris Defoort, Patrick Hartert, Guy Cabay and Gast Waltzing 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 BM and then a MM in jazz piano and composition. During his training in Boston, Reis studied, worked and performed with Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, Dave Holland, George Garzone, Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, Esperanza Spalding, Hal Crook and Greg Hopkins. In 2010, Reis participated in the ASCAP Foundation Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker, led by film composers Bruce Broughton, Mark Snow, Ira Newborn and David Spear, with whom he has remained a part-time student.

Michel Reis has released five albums as a leader and co-leader: A Young Mind (2005) and Fairytale (2009) for Waltzing-Parke Records, Point of No Return (2011) for Armored Records, Hidden Meaning (2012) for Double Moon Records / Challenge Records International as well as with the collective Trio “Reis Demuth Wiltgen” for the French label Laborie Jazz (2013).

 

Currently living between New York City and Luxembourg, Michel Reis has performed internationally in many of the world’s most famous venues and festivals, including the Blue Note Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Olympia in Paris, the Casa de Musica in Porto, the 55 Bar, the Knitting Factory, the Panama Jazz Festival the Montreux Jazz Festival, Cully Jazz, Crest Jazz Vocal, OctLoft Jazz Festival, Les Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre de Nantes and many more.

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 presented by the Luxembourg export office music:LX.

 

Michel Reis is a Steinway Artist.

“Reis is a tremendous pianist with classical chops, and maybe even a better composer, possessing a clear, expansive vision. Point of No Return shows off both sides of this exciting artist.” - Frank Alkyer - Downbeat Magazine
“Reis is a musical storyteller” - Dan McCleneghan, All About Jazz
“Michel Reis is a very exceptional pianist and composer” - Joe Lovano
“Michel Reis is a musician of outstanding talent, discipline and seriousness.” - Danilo Perez
“Michel Reis has an unique jazz piano sound, and his place in the realm of jazz pianists
is assured.” - Lee Prosser - Jazzreviev
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MICHEL REIS QUARTET

Michel Reis does not compose the music in a vacuum, but instead specifically for the band members and their individual instrumental style, skills and respectively own interpretations. He also takes into consideration their special tone quality and their “playing philosophy”. The result is a total work of art, which causes people to take notice.  This Quartet features Cologne musicians Stefan Karl Schmid on soprano and tenor saxophones as well as the clarinet, Robert Landfermann on bass and Jonas Burgwinkel on drums.  Reis’s Quartet always strives to build atmospheres which go deep into lyrical dimensions, yet having still the full rhythmic energy of a modern jazz group, where composition and spontaneous improvisation take the listeners to levels of a deep emotional journey.

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MICHEL REIS QUARTET VIDEOS

REIS / DEMUTH / WILTGEN

Pianist Michel Reis, bassist Marc Demuth and drummer Paul Wiltgen are three of Luxembourg’s 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. Each band member composes music for the trio, with the aim to create a fresh and forward thinking overall sound, one that is strongly influenced by popular music and the singer/songwriter genre, but with a core sound that remains in modern jazz.

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.

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REIS / DEMUTH / WILTGEN VIDEOS

PARIS QUARTET

The ‘’Paris Quartet’’ led by Michel Reis, is composed by a stellar band of some of the very prominent musicians of the French jazz scene, including drummer Louis Moutin, bassist Mauro Gargano and saxophonist Jonathan Orland.

 

The “Paris” Quartet focuses itself on the music of the great French composers Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, arranged for jazz quartet by Michel Reis.

PARIS QUARTET VIDEOS
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