Michel Meis 4tet
The quartet around the drummer Michel Meis is making its mark on the European jazz scene with a sonic vocabulary that skillfully blends a traditional instrumentation with the fresh approach and the broad musical background of open-minded and fearless musicians. They effortlessly move from one extreme to the other. Unleashed rhythms culminate in lyrical melodies. Classical jazz elements steer towards lush electronic effects. Free improvisation ends up almost seamlessly in sophisticated, detailed compositions. “To me, being torn between different options doesn’t mean being undecided, but rather passionately breaking down apparent barriers or bringing opposites in a dialogue” says Meis about his music.
The result is an exciting modern jazz that has been duly recognized by Double Moon/Challenge Records when they signed the quartet’s debut album “Lost in Translation” in their series “Jazz thing Next Generation” on Double Moon/Challenge Records – a first for a Luxembourgish artist.
The young drummer and composer Michel Meis, rising star of the Luxembourg jazz scene, regularly proves his versatility and openness through numerous projects ranging from jazz to melodic hardcore. In 2020, he was chosen by the American drummer Jim Black to represent Luxembourg at Criss Cross Europe, a European project aimed at promoting exchanges between young musicians under the mentorship of an internationally established musician.
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Heaven (Depeche Mode Cover)
Alisa Klein – trombone
Cédric Hanriot – piano
Stephan Goldbach – double bass
Michel Meis – drums
An instrumental gem. Solid stuff throughout.
Midwest Record (US)
Modern and experimental jazz that manages to be bold without falling into incomprehensibility.
Le Jazzophone (FR)
The four musicians, despite their progressiveness in playing, always manage to let the jazzoid roots shine through. The compositions and interpretations are refreshing.
A play both subtle and powerful, a music both free and well structured.
Jazz Magazine (FR)
The music on this eight-piece album is anything but traditional. He has achieved a nice balance between free passages and beautifully written parts.
The Michel Meis 4tet shows how exciting the young jazz scene in Luxembourg is and delivers with "Lost in Translation" an interesting debut album.
A resolutely modern jazz and an album like a rollercoaster, between energy and melancholy.
Le Quotidien (LU)
Meis delivered with “Lost in Translation” a beautiful and especially intimate album. Worth listening.
Draai om je oren (BE)
A quartet whose timbre is, thanks to the trombonist Alisa Klein, reminiscent of the trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.
02 Oct 2020
KettenJazz – Resonanzen Festival
28 Nov 2020
Luxembourg Jazz Meeting / Neimënster
B-Flat Berlin (DE), Blues ‘n Jazz Rallye Luxembourg (LU), Budapest Music Center/Opus Jazz Club (HU), inJazz Rotterdam (NL), Jammin’ Juan (FR), Jazz à Juan (FR), Jazzrally Düsseldorf (DE), Like A Jazzmachine Festival Dudelange (LU), Nancy Jazz Pulsations (FR), Neimenster Luxembourg (LU), Odessa Jazz Fest (UA), Opderschmelz Dudelange (LU), Philharmonie Luxembourg (LU), Ploiesti Jazz Festival (RO), Speicher Bad Homburg (DE), Sunset-Sunside Paris (FR), Unterfahrt Munich (DE), Vinnytsia Jazz Festival (UA), ...
Lost in Translation
Double Moon/Challenge Records