Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association will kick off the 2018-19 concert season with the Michael Kaeshammer Trio at The Dalles High School on October 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Michael Kaeshammer is a Canadian jazz & boogie-woogie pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger and producer with an international following. He’s a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer/songwriter, and a charming and engaging performer. Michael is accompanied by Stefan Dahm on the drums and Thomas Koch on the electric guitar and stand up bass. All three musicians demonstrate impeccable timing in their weaving of melody from one to the other.
“For me, the performance is as much about the energy coming off the stage as the energy coming from the audience,” says Kaeshammer. “It’s about being myself, writing from the heart and showing my love for life.”
Kaeshammer first made his own mark as a young piano prodigy. Growing up in Offenburg, Germany, he studied classical piano for seven years prior to falling in love at 13 with the boogie-woogie and stride piano stylings of such greats as Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, and Meade Lux Lewis. A quick study, Michael soon became skilled enough in this style to perform it in clubs, concerts, and festivals through Germany and beyond. When his parents moved the family to British Columbia, Canada, Kaeshammer quickly attracted a following there, becoming popular on the jazz and blues festivals circuit.
Michael Kaeshammer’s recording career now spans 22 years and 12 albums. His last record, 2016’s critically acclaimed No Filter, is nominated for a 2018 Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, his eighth nomination (he has won twice).
Slowing down is not an option for Michael. “I want to do this until I die,” he insists. “I’m already thinking about the next album. I’m in a position now where I can really just do what I want, and I’m always really conscious of that.”
Michael Kaeshammer is an artist in complete control of his sound and vision. Following this creative journey continues to be a richly rewarding experience.
See this amazing Trio live at The Dalles High School on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Klindt’s Booksellers, Lines of Designs, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, and online at mccca.info.