Fri June 15, 2018

Martin Reiter & Friends feat. Chanda Rule (A/USA)

Chanda Rule: vocals
Martin Reiter: hammond organ
Andi Tausch: guitar
Wolfi Rainer: drums
Gudrun Springer: violin
Judith Reiter: viola
Markus Lukestik: flute

Martin Reiter was born in Vienna in 1978. He spent his childhood in Upper Austria where he grew up with piano and saxophone lessons as the son of enthusiastic amateur musicians.

In 1996, Reiter began studying jazz piano at what is now the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. A year later he switched to the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna where, in the course of an arrangers workshop, he met Mathias Rüegg from the Vienna Art Orchestra who recognized Reiter’s qualities as a pianist and arranger. He launched his first serious music project in 1999 together with the singer Simone Kopmajer --- her quartet took both of them later, among other places, on a tour to the USA where they performed with guests like Turk Mauro and Ira Sullivan.

Reiter was given an Austrian scholarship to study at a foreign college of art in 2001, which made it possible for him to spend a year at the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag studying with Rob van Kreefeld. In Holland, Reiter formed his second important ensemble together with drummer Klemens Marktl, the Slovenian saxophonist Jure Pukl and the Dutchman Rodrigo Reijers on bass.

In 2002, Reiter was given the ”Austrian Young Lions” award --- a prize for a talented young musician who would then be sent on a European tour. As a result, Reiter played in his early years at nine major jazz festivals including Montreux, Perugia, Pori, Molde, etc. In the same year he was awarded the HANS KOLLER PRIZE in the category ”NYC-Scholarship.”

Before he could use the prize money in 2003 to spend several months in NYC, Alex Deutsch grabbed him for the band of the exceptional Swiss trumpeter Matthieu Michel. The result of a two-week gig in Vevey on Lake Geneva was the album live at Theatre Oriental, together with Peter Herbert. Immediately thereafter Reiter flew to NYC, where he met musicians, went to sessions and took private lessons with prominent jazzers like Bill Charlap, Bruce Barth or Fred Hersch. All of the compositions on his debut album Chez es Saada sprung from this highly inspired period.

Back in Vienna, Reiter devoted himself intensely to his music studies and strengthened his contacts to the national and international scene. Following a small tour with Bennie Maupin and John B. Williams, Reiter recorded Chez es Saada in the summer of 2004. Intense collaboration with the chamber orchestra Feuerhaus made it possible for him to realize one of his own compositions for Fender Rhodes and Chamber Orchestra, which was also included on the CD. At that time Reiter launched the project Rache für Mozart (Revenge for Mozart), together with the orchestra under the direction of Hans Peter Manser, in which he improvised - totally in the spirit of Mozart - on the great piano concerto in C major, KV 503.

2005 stood entirely in the glow of the release of Chez es Saada --- the album attracted wide interest not only in Austria and opened some doors for Reiter. In the same year, he was awarded yet again the HANS KOLLER PRIZE, this time in the category Newcomer of the Year. In 2006, he could finally conclude his music studies and was then able to devote himself entirely to his activities as a freelance artist. In the same year Reiter could be on stage with musicians like Alegre Correa, Ana Paula da Silva and Michael Mantler and present his Mozart project at the Carinthian Summer --- a well-known classical music festival in southern Austria. Meanwhile the preparations for recording his new album ALMA were in full swing. ALMA received the Hans Koller Award for the Album of the Year 2008 and Reiter toured a lot with his new band in 2008 and 2009 (even to Senegal, Brasil and China).

Reiter’s focus is in Vienna although NYC has not totally let goof him since his first stay there. Many years he spent several weeks in the Big Apple whereby in 2004, for example, the Slovenian tenorist Jure Pukl’s album Serendipity was born, with guests like Jamire Williams and Jeremy Pelt, or 2010 the recordings with THE OULIPIANS and Chanda Rule took place. If Reiter is not playing concerts then he devotes himself to his arranging and composing, as at the moment for the Universal Edition, arranging a book of Kurt Weill Songs for Piano and Soloinstruments.

Since autumn 2008 Martin Reiter also commited himself to THE FLOW, a new cooperation with austrian guitar player Andi Tausch; this project´s debut-album was released in may 2009, appearing on PAO Records. The second album "Origination" (2010), the third "Departure" (2012) with guest artists Matthieu Michel and Johannes Enders and the fourth "Songs without words" (2014) appear on the austrian indie-label Session Work Records.

2010 the pianist was invited to spend some weeks as artist in residence on the italian island elba where he composed his new solo-piano-program, which was later recorded. Besides he started to experiment during this phase with the art of "instant composing." His solo-album "inventions & impressions" appeared 2011 and he was invited to tour e.g. to the Rome Jazz Festival or the Ethno-Jazzfestival Dujanbe or to Ryadh.

Since 2012 Martin Reiter is Father and Professor for Jazzpiano at the Conservatory Vienna Private University. His educational activities also include the two important summercourses Jazzseminar Schönbach and NYC/Mattighofen Music Marathon as well as invitations to do masterclasses e.g. in Groznjan (HR) in July 2014.

After a lot of creative commitment to solo piano playing Reiter felt like performing with rhythm section again and reactivated his two trios, the acoustic one with Matthias Pichler on bass & Peter Kronreif on drums and the electric one with Shayan Fathi on drums & Jojo Lackner on bass. A live recording from the Jazzfestival Wiesen 2007 and a studio session from 2014 were released in form of the double-album "acoustic & electric trio."