Michael Kaeshammer © Tine Acke
"Turn It Up“ Tour 2022
Singer-songwriter-pianist Michael Kaeshammer is on the move from Vancouver Island in British Columbia to conquer his old homeland after decades of great success around the globe with his natural live performance and the new album "Turn It Up". This is Germany, in whose southwest corner he amazed and swept away audiences as a teenage prodigy on the piano at the age of 16. Countless concert tours crisscrossing the American continent, other continents and even regularly through China, shaped the precocious pianist into a stylistic universalist, composer and vocal artist.
This can be heard on his new album "Turn It Up", which will be released in February 2023. In it, Michael cares less than ever about stylistics. He is the medium. Music flows through his hands into the piano, through his seductive voice into the mic and inspires his fellow musicians. These are Matt Chamberlain (drums), who has played with John Mayer, Bob Dylan or Elton John, David Piltch, who has supported Solomon Burke, Bonnie Raitt or kd Lang with his bass and Michael's Toronto horn section. Highlights besides the title track include the pop-jazz crossover song "Never Knew What Love Was", the rousing rocker "Sweepin' The Floor", the emotional ballad "One More Time" and a surprisingly fresh version of the Queen classic "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".
"When I play," Michael says, "I react to what I hear and then let the music decide where the journey should go." Ultimately, he says, it's the twelve notes on which everything is based. It's impossible to escape the energy that emerges with Michael at the center of his music. It comes with force. He has used the time of the pandemic to focus on recording perhaps his most exciting and tightest album with his great band at his home on the edge of the Canadian rainforest. Here comes the British-Columbian Invasion. Turn It Up!