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Jacques  Stotzem

In the acoustic guitar world today, Jacques Stotzem is one of the “fingerstyle” guitarists with the most diversified style. Born in 1959 in Verviers, the Belgian guitarist has recorded 15 CDs and is high up on the list for fans of the acoustic guitar. Readers of the influential German acoustic guitar magazine «Akustik Gitarre» have likened Stotzem to artists such as Leo Kottke, Paco De Lucia, Neil Young and Keb’ Mo’.
That’s not really astonishing. His unique and highly refined playing style combines a well-developed melodic sense with a rare dynamic approach to the instrument that speaks directly to the listener.

Jacques, unlike many guitar players today, possesses an in-depth sense of harmonic knowledge, which is evident throughout his compositions. All of this is cemented together by his perfect command of the instrument and by his optimistic personality.

Jacques Stotzem has become a regular guest at European and American festivals and is often invited for tours in Japan, China or Taiwan. Since 2006, the famous American guitar company “Martin Guitar”, produces an “OMC Jacques Stotzem Custom Signature Model”, a dream for every guitar player, a consecration for Jacques.

The two CDs « Catch The Spirit » (Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, U2 arranged on acoustic guitar) have been a big success and stayed respectively 41 and 23 weeks in the Belgian Pop Charts. These two albums have been followed by « To Rory », an acoustic tribute to the Irish Blues-Rock guitarist Rory Gallagher which got rave reviews all over the world. Jacques’ new CD « The Way To Go » (released in September 2017) features 10 original compositions, only ballads in his unique lyrical and melodic style.

Chris Reiz

In 2010 Chris Reitz started conquering the stages in Luxembourg and the Greater Region with his electric violin. As a member of the local band Anthem of the Sun he developed a true passion for music. In 2013 his own solo project All Reitz Reserved was born. The versatile opportunities of his extraordinary instrument are combined with various effects in order to create spaced out sound experiments.

All Reitz Reserved is his very first all-instrumental project Enjoying playing music, the opportunity to be creative, staying open-minded and the ability to popularize his mostly unknown instrument are the main goals of this non-professional music project.

                                                                  Ernie Hammes

Ernie  Hammes   studied   classical  music  in Luxembourg  as  well  as in France before he joined  the  Luxembourg  Army Concert Band in  1987  to  become   their  principal trumpet.

In 1991 he started his jazz studies with Ack VAN ROOYEN at the Conservatory of THE HAGUE, (NL). In 1997, he went to New York City to study at the MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC with Lew SOLOFF.