Sunday 16th March
After studying classical piano for seven years in his homeland Germany, a 13-year-old Michael Kaeshammer (pronounced "case-hammer") discovered boogie-woogie and stride piano. He attracted attention almost immediately after he moved to Canada in 1995. Michael doesn’t simply wow you with his chops; he invites you in and talks to you. He’s a gifted singer and songwriter, a highly trained technician and interpreter and an incendiary piano player.
Kaeshammer’s performances, on record and on stage, are an invitation to join a party. He doesn’t play at you. He plays with you. At one of his shows, you’re all in it together – not only part of the story, but virtually part of the band. A night with Michael and his band isn’t the kind of show where you just sit, watch and applaud politely every now and then. Their goal isn’t to intimidate you with the scholarly depth of their music, it’s to entertain, inform and include you – A wild ride with no fixed destination except where he feels he and the crowd want to go.
“For me the performance is as much about the energy coming off the stage as the energy coming from the audience. It’s about being myself, writing from the heart and showing my love for life. That’s what I want to convey. After the show, people ask me, ‘do you really have that much fun?’ And I say ‘you don’t know the half of it. It’s even more exhilarating than it looks’.”
Montreal Gazette’s Bernard Perusse says: “He's a showman. And showmanship is what makes people talk … If you haven't seen him live, you haven't really experienced him in his true element.”
Calgary Herald’s Tim Tamashiro says: “Technically Brilliant and a spectacle … like taking a Ferrari for a drive through winding mountain highways and then going for a gourmet meal.”
Michael Kaeshammer, Canada's triple-threat combo of piano virtuosity, vocal ability and charisma. This potent combination has earned the Toronto based artist international critical acclaim and a loyal and growing fan base.