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February 26, 2019
Once In A Blue Moon
We interviewed Michel Reis, who recently released the album Once In A Blue Moon with the Reis Demuth Wiltgen Trio.
> Ivano Rossato
Tell us how The Reis Demuth Wiltgen Trio was born.
The Reis Demuth Wiltgen Trio was born in 1998 while we were still in high school in Luxembourg. Our first performance was a school concert. After that we performed rather regularly around Luxembourg until our paths were separated a bit. Paul Wiltgen went to study in New York, Marc Demuth in Brussels and The Hague, and I went to Boston. At that time, we were occasionally performing in different groups as sidemen. We reunited as a trio in 2011 and have been performing and touring all over the world ever since. We’ve released three albums so far and we’re currently working on our next album which will be recorded in May.
And what about the Once In A Blue Moon album?
Ermanno Basso, the artistic director of the Italian label Cam Jazz heard us at a live performance and immediately approached us to work together. We were very excited. Cam Jazz is a label that many of my heroes recorded for and we have a lot of respect for the work they’ve done for music for so many years. We recorded the album at Artesuono studios in Cavalicco. It’s a wonderful place to make records. In our opinion, the owner of the studio and engineer Stefano Amerio is really one of the best engineers on the scene right now. He made it so easy for us to record and having Ermanno Basso as a producer was a very special and inspiring experience. We recorded the album pretty quickly, in a day and a half, and they helped us a lot to make the music flow.
What’s your approach at the writing, arrangement, and recording of the songs?
Everybody in the trio contributes compositions which are then arranged within the group. The collective group effort comes by shaping the individual compositions together. When we record, the group shares its opinions with the producer and the engineer, and as mentioned above, it was very easy at the Once In A Blue Moon session since Ermanno Basso and Stefano Amerio got the best out of us.
Why did you choose Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” to be part of the album?
We chose the famous song “Both Sides Now” all three of us are big fans of Joni Mitchell. She is a remarkable woman and has done amazing things to advance music. So, we wanted to pay tribute to her by playing one of her most beautiful pieces. She has also worked many times with Jazz musicians like Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Jaco Pastorius. She’s also collaborated with the great Jazz composer and arranger Vince Mendoza whom we had the opportunity to work with last year when we performed our music with the Luxembourg Symphony Orchestra under his direction.
What are your main artistic influences?
We try to keep our minds and ears open to anything we can put our fingers on. I think it’s important to be influenced by as many things as possible in life. It’s definitely not just Jazz and definitely not just music. We respect any art form and also things beyond that.
What are the future plans for the Reis Demuth Wiltgen Trio?
We have a good amount concerts planned. At the end of May we have a tour coming up with the great Joshua Redman as a special guest. We have collaborated with him on several occasions over the last couple of years as a quartet and also with our symphonic project. Earlier in May, we’ll record our next album for Cam Jazz, again at the Artesuono studio in Cavalicco. We’re really looking forward to that!
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