This CD is about the meeting of 2 non Austrian-born personalities, though living in Vienna for years. Their history has partly touched, but this is the first common work. KAI PETERSON is a jazz singer, and besides that very open and flexible. RENS NEWLAND is a jazz guitarist, open and broad orientated as well. Here they present their own music, they call it NuSwing: Non-stressy tunes and beats, 99% live musicians, interestings harmonies with interesting lyrics. The band, the MIXTET features 2 ladies: GINA SCHWARZ, the bass player, is a national and international austrian musician, the same counts for PHILLIPINE DUCHATEAU, the pianist. GEORG BECK is a young and successful drummer in Austria.
Down here more about the 2 heads of the project:
Kai Peterson was born in Hannover. He trained with private teachers and got his degree in acting in Vienna.
He is a cosmopolitain that has worked and lived in several countries such as Italy, Germany, USA, Austria and the Netherlands.
His credits include leading roles in stage productions such as Eric Wolfson's FREUDIANA, the ROCKY HORROR SHOW, ELISABETH, WEST SIDE STORY, BLONDEL, QUASIMODO, WAKE UP, various revue-type shows and various bands such as Exit 55, Joy & Pain, Fun Key B., Body & Soul, Main Street and now Montezuma's Revenge.
He is acting on stage and in movies and TV (FANTASTICO, the LUCONA AFFAIR etc.) and his voice served on commercials (TOYOTA, WARNER MUSIC, EUROMILLIONS, SEAT etc.) and movies/TV cartoons (Helden in Tirol, Marvel-Cartoons).
Kai's recording work includes several Musical recordings (FREUDIANA, THE BEST OF MUSICALS, SANTA CLAUS etc.), backup vocals (Scorpions, V.S.O.P, Sandra Pires, Atemlos, Leandro etc.), a solo-album (Go With The Flow Of Time) and a cappella (Main Street, Montezuma's Revenge).
Kai works for SOUL MADE PRODUCTIONS (www.soul-made.com) as producer, arranger and executive manager.
Rens Newland is, without a doubt, one of the most creative and productive jazz musicians within Austria. As a rule his productivity is not merely focused on playing his dear guitars, but to keep things interesting to others as to himself, he also indulges himself in composing, arranging and producing (or whatever publishing, running a record label or creating a serious bit of graphical designs through cd-cover production is being called these days).
Born in Holland, Rens Newland started his musical carreer playing in several cross-over bands. Especially Scope was pioneering and successful (eventually it even made it into the Billboard Jazz Charts) ...
Born in Holland, Rens Newland started his musical carreer playing in and for several cross-over bands. Especially Scope was pioneering and successful (eventually it even made The Billboard Jazz Charts). The band toured in The Netherlands, but also in Germany.
In 1977 he moved to Vienna (Austria), to play with the Austrian Radio (ORF) Big Band and the Erich Kleinschuster Sextet, performing with some European and American stars (concerts and broadcasting shows in Austria, Germany, Hungary & Switzerland). At this time he was also doing his first solo projects, like Electrio and "Newland".
After the dissolution of the ORF Big Band (1981), he joined Ostinato, where he was able to unfold his talents in funky and jazz playing, as well as in writing for the horn section (he co-leaded with Thomas Böröcz).
A series of albums came out and also the co-operation with Gina Charito started. The band did a lot of club and festival touring in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
In the years up to 1991 he still did a lot of featured playing, writing and producing for Austrian Radio, a.o. with the ORF Symphony Orchestra and The Moonlight Orchestra. In 1991 he co-produced the Vienna Big Band Machine album and together with Martin Fuss and Hans Salomon he founded the record label Jive Music.
In 1993, he and Bumi Fian started the Enfant Terrible project with Thomas Lang, Willi Langer and Woody Scha- bata. They played at several festivals and in 1995 the first CD came out.
In 1996 Rens presented the solo album (about) sexy Jazz with some of his musical friends like Joris Dudli and Herwig Gradischnig. Two other projects followed in '97: his first acoustic solo guitar album and the special septet Brassbabies & Rhythmkids, live and on CD, with Werner Feldgrill, Christian Maurer, Gerald Preinfalk and others.
The brand new vibra- phone player of Enfant Terrible - Flip Phillip - turned out to be a congenial musical partner and with him Rens started 1997 the intellectual groove-jazz project Ya- cazu, a challenging band with various vocal soloists, like Cedric or Jacqueline Patricio. As a result of this interesting collaboration a cd was presented in the beginning of 1998.
He also produced the new Gina Charito come-back album called Wanna make love to you. Besides that a collaboration with Gloria Gaynor started. With the Newland Band he did several international concerts (Switserland, Ger- many).
In 1999 he started touring and recording with the new solo-project Rens Newland & Fonky World: a cooking guitar trio - extended with double percussion (Stephan Maaß and Moses Afanyi) featuring also Lionel Lodge with vocals and poetry. Rens and his Newland Band did some touring with The Supremes (France, Germany, Austria).
In 2000 the co-operation with Lionel Lodge got more intensive: Lots of duo gigs. The new band called Rens Newland´s Groovit feat. R'becca starts performing and recording.
In 2001 big concerts and touring with Gloria Gaynor (Austria, Spain, Dubai) formed the highlight. Concerts in the Ukrain, co-operation and concerts with the group Braty Bluzu from there (in Linz and Kiev) followed after that.
Rens Newland also had some very succesfull openings with Lionel Lodge to Alanis Morisette and Jethro Tull concerts in Vienna. The presentation of the Lionel Lodge & Rens Newland Unplugged Project found place at about the same time. On the 2nd Willi Langer CD (The course of life), he profilated himself as co-producer, arranger and player.
In 2002 the Lionel Lodge and Rens Newland CD Sailing to the sirens was released, furthermore a live CD with Braty Bluzu. Big "Music Without Bounderies" concerts in Kiev and Kalush, Ukraine. Another interesting Jazz and Rhythm & Blues crossover project started : "Impact Project" feat. R´Becca, and the presentation of a new voice: Marija De Silva. As a musical director he is touring with Gloria Gaynor and The Supremes again (a.o. in Schwitzerland, Denmark, Spain).
In 2003 a production with exclusively compositions of his very own "About"-cycle (created in the last days of DDR in East Berlin!) is released: The CD Move that thing, Rens Newland on jazz-guitar with his Groove Jazz Formation "Groovit": Willi Langer on Bass, 3 great drummers in rotation: Oliver Gattringer, Joris Dudli and Christian Leitner. Guests: R'Becca (vocals), Geri Schuller (Keyboards), Flip Philipp (Vibraphone). Presentation tour in Austria.
Summerfestivals with Gloria Gaynor and more international Concerts with Lionel Lodge and Braty Bluzu.
In the studio and as a producer very active: a.o. D.e.w.i.e.n.e.r.s (Hip HOP), Flip Philipp (Modern Jazz), Joschi Schneeberger (swing)...
Rebecca makes it into the final round of the austrian version of "Idols"(Starmania), further work on her CD.
Complete Orchestration for the CD version of the Musical "Schlaraffenland".
Recording and release of the band-CD "It's Not My Fault" with the Lionel Train.
Recording of CD's of Heinz von Hermann, Jazzmetalex, Joschi Schneeberger Quintet.
Summer festivals and East Europe Tour (Art On Ice) with Gloria Gaynor.
Release of the CD "The Bliss" (Rebecca Kolland meetz Rens Newland)
Starting occasional engagement as stage musician at the "Burgtheater".
Production and presentation of the
Rocksoul Album "Strong" plus the single "some things are true" with the exceptionnal austrian vocal talent Christine Brezovsky!
Germany tour with "Musical Moments" (various musical stars).
Release of the instrumental CD "Freedom Street Parade" (Rens Newland with the twenty second line circus), dedicated to the people of New orleans, and
Some touring with Gloria Gaynor, 22nd line circus..
CD projects with Christine Brezovsky, Groove Generation, Kai Peterson.
Workshops and Musical Touring