MICHEL REIS JAPAN QUARTET

18H30

Reis is a tremendous pianist with classical chops, and maybe even a better composer, possessing a clear, expansive vision.  - Frank Alkyer - Downbeat Magazine

Michel Reis has a unique jazz piano sound, and his place in the realm of jazz pianists is assured. - Lee Prosser - Jazzreviev

A very exceptional pianist and composer - Joe Lovano

A musician of outstanding talent, discipline and seriousness - Danilo Perez

Après six ans d’études au Berklee College of Music et au New England Conservatory, Michel Reis s’est forgé une solide réputation. Actuellement basé à New York, il est régulièrement en tournée aux Etats-Unis, en Europe, en Amérique centrale et au Japon. Il s'est vu attribuer le quatrième prix Jazz Competition à Moscou en 2005 et le deuxième prix du Montreux Jazz Competition en 2006. Son jeu au piano demeure ouvert à l’évolution actuelle du jazz et puise au plus profond dans son inspiration poétique personnelle. Le jeune pianiste de jazz luxembourgeois vient d’atteindre un niveau de jeu et d’inspiration qui lui permet de se frotter aux plus grands noms de la scène internationale. Avec son Japan Quartet qui a beaucoup tourné au Japon, il va jouer au Luxembourg pour la première fois, en exclusivité au festival « like a jazzmachine » du CCRD opderschmelz. C’est la performance virtuose et énergétique de musiciens parfaitement soudés ensemble dans ce groupe qui confère une force et une tension impressionnantes aux compositions de Michel Reis.

Pianist and composer Michel R­eis started his musical training at an early age. He began studying at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg, and moved to Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. Reis studied, worked and performed a.o. with Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, Dave Holland, Esperanza Spalding. Currently based in New York City, Michel Reis has performed in many of the world’s most famous jazz clubs and festivals, including the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Knitting Factory and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Michel Reis and his fellow mates of the Japan Quartet know each other for many years. They have been touring extensively in Japan and will perform in Luxembourg for the first time. The quartet’s free approach to improvisation makes room for a new kind of immediately appealing musical expression. Michel Reis’ piano performance, though melodic in its core, leads the quartet with a hammering impulse into a tight and tense interplay culminating in an exciting outburst of pure energy and beauty. The concert will be recorded live and a CD will be released soon after.

Michel Reis, piano, compositions

Akihiro Nishiguchi, saxophones soprano + tenor

Takashi Sugawa, bass

Shun Ishiwaka, drums