Luxembourg native Paul Wiltgen, is internationally recognized as an accomplished jazz percussionist, an imaginative composer and a visionary bandleader. An artist in the truest sense of the word, Paul compellingly balances his musical aesthetic and his personal passion, creating a sound from the drums that simultaneously supports and inspires.
After an extensive classical tutelage at the Music Conservatory in Esch/Alzette (Luxembourg) and at various music workshops throughout the world, he completed both undergraduate and graduate jazz studies at Manhattan School of Music in New York City, learning from the likes of John Riley, David Liebman, Samir Chatterjee & Michael Abene.
Wiltgen is in the vanguard of today’s jazz scene, having worked with many of its leading voices, including Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mike Moreno, Dave Binney, Lage Lund, Patrick Cornelius, Michael Janisch, Ambrose Akinmusire and Will Vinson.
In collaboration with New Orleans guitarist, composer and producer Brian Seeger, Wiltgen recently released the album Organic Trio “Saturn’s Spell”, which features four of his original compositions and which charted nationwide at #2 in the US JazzWeek Charts in February 2017 and remained in the Top 10 for two months.
As the drummer and co-leader of the trio Reis/Demuth/Wiltgen, he has collaborated and performed with saxophonist Joshua Redman, who also performed Wiltgen’s composition “Floppy Disk” with his own groups in 2014 and 2015.
Wiltgen is the leader of a New York band named “The Paislies”, which released an album on the Fresh Sound New Talent record label in 2007. He is one of the original members of The TransAtlantic Collective (Woodville Records, UK), a vivacious contemporary jazz ensemble made up of musicians based in London and New York City.
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