Wieland Welzel's deeply musical soul does not want to and cannot be confined to a single musical genre. Despite the fact that the native of Lübeck has been engaged as a solo timpanist with the Berlin Philharmonic since 1997 and is considered one of the world's most sought-after pedagogues in this field, he sees himself first and foremost fundamentally as a musician, regardless of the various genres and instruments.
Perhaps he lacked the courage at the time to fulfill his great dream of becoming a big band drummer, against existing expectations, after he had already converted everything possible into a drum set at the age of seven in order to receive his first drum lessons as a nine-year-old. But perhaps life and opportunities led him to a different kind of official career. A first prize at the national competition "Jugend musiziert" was followed by memberships in renowned youth orchestras such as the "European Union Youth Orchestra". But his passion for jazz and swing as an accomplished vibraphonist and drummer remains a deeply rooted part of his musical pulse. In the jazz world, Welzel is well connected in the Berlin scene and has played with just about every local great as well as world-renowned musicians such as Peter Erskine and Nils Landgren. Not only as a percussionist or drummer, but also as a virtuoso vibraphonist.
- WIELAND WELZEL - DRUMS, TIMP, PERCUSSION
- MICHEL REIS - PIANO
- PETER NITSCH - BASS
Michel Reis, described as a "great pianist" by Downbeat Magazine, has in recent years carved a path for himself to become an artist of international renown. He has performed in many of the world's most famous concert halls and festivals and has recorded 12 albums under his name or as a leader. The latest album was made with his trio Reis Demuth Wiltgen and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg, conducted by multiple Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza, with guest saxophonist Joshua Redman. The album will be released in 2024.
"Michel Reis is a lyrical pianist par excellence" - Jazzpodium
Peter Nitsch studied double bass and bass guitar at the Nuremberg University of Music, at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA) and on a full scholarship at the renowned Manhattan School of Music in New York. With two bachelor's and one master's degree under his belt, he moved to the next big metropolis, São Paulo (Brazil), after a two-year stay in New York, where he had lessons with greats like Dave Liebman, Phil Markowitz and Matt Garrison. There he lived another five years, learning the intricacies of Brazilian music after classical, jazz and Indian music. During his twenty-year career, Peter Nitsch shared the stage with fantastic musicians such as Michael Wollny, Bob Mintzer, Candy Dulfer, Ellen ten Damme, Pete Philly, Rudi Mahall, Felix Lehrmann, Benjamin Herman, Ruud Breuls, Peter Beets, Jesse van Ruller, Lee Konitz and many others.