2021 - heading back into the studio for album No. 2! 03/2021
Well, the virus stole my show but I keep busy working on new material, projects and also on my upcoming second album! I am very excited and can't wait to return to the studio to cut another record with great songs and awesome musicians! This time I'll be accompanied by drummer Cédric Riviére and bassist/saxophonist Maxime Roger.
Look out for the release on June 12th and make sure you'll get your copy!
The day the "Killer", Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis, said hello! 07/2020
Back when I was 17 years old, I started to play the piano and my first real influence was Jerry Lee Lewis! I loved the music he created! It was a thrill for me to be able to send a copy of my first CD 'My Plan B(oogie)!' to the man who was and still is my musical hero. Can you imagine how excited I was when I received a response?
That response appeared on my Facebook page from his wife Judith. She said that they had both listened to my CD and that Jerry Lee loved it. As a thank you he sent me a picture of him holding my album, giving me his best Killer face. "Rock'n'Roll's first great wild man and one of the most influencial pianists of the 20th century", the "Last Man Standing", friend of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Richard and many more, the "Killer" himself, loved my album and went to the trouble of letting me know...
A very memorable and fantastic experience! Thanks "Killer"!
Following up ideas:
A Classic Boogie-Woogie House Rent Party! 04/2020
Back in the olden days, people threw a House Rent Party where they invited Boogie Woogie musicians to play for their neighbours. "The mother of all living-room-gigs!"
At those House Rent Parties the host sold (illegal) booze and home cooked food such as Jambalaya, Louisiana Gumbo, Fried Chicken and so on. The musicians had a platform to perform their songs, meet new people and form bands that later became famous. They also had legendary jam sessions and piano battles... good old days, right?
Well, call me old fashioned but I'm planning to re-establish this fantastic tradition.
You can book my traveling 88's for your very own House Rent Party (just keep it legal and don't sell grandpa's moonshine, please...). These gigs are for private events such as BBQ's, family get-togethers, brunches and birthday parties only! (weddings excluded!) Very reasonable rates!
For more details, bookings etc. contact me here and let's get ready for your House Rent Party!
Straight from the studio:
"My Plan B(oogie)!" 09/2019
Recording an album has been a long held ambition of mine and finally I can make that dream come true!
As a street performer I have discovered what catches people’s attention amidst the hustle and bustle of a crowded market. Otherwise people will simply overlook you. Trying new things is necessary and sometimes risky but this album contains some of the most popular Boogie and Blues songs in my repertoire!
It is not a classical instrumental Boogie album but more of a mixed style of Boogie, Rock'n'Roll and Country Blues with tributes to some of my early influences. Of course there will be my Boogie piano and my singing but I've also invited some friends to grab their instruments and to join in. I'd say it is best discribed as Boogie-Woogie with a touch of Rock'n'Roll.
It will be released in January 2020, click here to secure your copy of it!
How it all began...
Diaries of a Traveling Piano Man! 07/2017
People often ask me how my career as a street performer started. Well, the original idea for my traveling piano came to me in April 2015 when I was playing a Boogie brunch back home in Austria and was asked to travel to the venue with my own piano.
Since 2017 I have been touring as -Lukas et le piano voyageur- and as 'The Traveling Piano Man' with my self-built, full-size traveling piano. The project is called 'StreetBoogieWoogie' and it has expanded year on year.
Since 2019 I am registered as a self-employed musician and I make my living with my music. Currently I am writing my first book of memoires, funny encounters and moments experienced along the way. I hope to publish it in 2022. Stay tuned to get your copy!