Kaisers New World
Kaisers New World
About this project
As a musician/guitarist/composer, Frank Kaiser is familiar with many musical genres of music, and this can be seen in the wide variety of ensembles he works with ranging from Latin, Tango, through to Rock, Pop, Blues. However, above his heart, beats for jazz.
Franks concept is that Jazz music is so incredibly diverse, it can sound gentle, but it can also sound radical, and it has an interesting rhythm. There is a fascinating interplay or togetherness – He believes that “it’s like a playground for adults, both for the person who plays it and for the listener – it gives the individual space, fills me up, makes me happy/fun, asks questions, sometimes leaves me alone, polarized, always evolving, never going out of style.”
During the pandemic Frank had the time to re-evaluate and this process led to the formation of a new ensemble “Kaisers New World”
He continued: “In recent years, new compositions have emerged, which I wanted to give a new sound to. So in 2019 I looked for a new band with incredibly great colleagues. I found what I was looking for in 2 wild youngsters from the Leipzig University: Hans Otto on drums and Lukas Growe on double bass. And I was looking for another chord instrument, which is not a classic jazz instrument in that sense. I thought of accordion/bajan or even bandoneon, to wring new facets out of jazz, to spice up or sweeten something with world music and thus perhaps to appeal to those who weren’t jazz fans before. The search for the right player was difficult, but in the end I was lucky in Valentin Butt from Berlin, who plays in bands such as “Holler My Dear”, “Skazka”, but also guest appearances with Ute Lemper and at the Hamburg International Chamber Music Festival in the Elbphilharmonie gave.”
With a new sound came a new guitar. The Leipzig master guitar builder Matthias Voigt built me a semi-acoustic guitar made of Cedro body and neck, a beautiful 70-year-old spruce top and rosewood fingerboard according to my ideas. The guitar has an unbelievable sustain, a naturalness and delicacy in tone that is second to none. I’m very happy about that. Every day I play it, it evolves and sounds better.
After the premiere concert in January 2020 in the “naTo” Leipzig, despite Corona, the band played successful concerts at Horns Erben Leipzig, Terzo Mondo Berlin, LeipJazzig@Schilletheater, in autumn 2021 a small tour at the Akut Accordion Festival in Halle and 2022 concerts in Berlin, Leipzig , Chemnitz and “culture on the raft” in Lychen.
In September 2022, with the support of Initiative Musik, Kaisers New World produced entered the Bonello Studios in Berlin to record their debut album. The album titled “Nighttrain” will be released via Calygram Records on the 24th of February 20233.
Kaisers New World consists of:
Frank Kaiser (guitar) | Valentin Butt (bajan) | Lukas Growe (double bass) | Hans Otto (drums)
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