Freedom Street Parade
With his colourful band the well-respected guitarist/composer leads us in a peculiar world of modern New Orleans grooves: In several of his projects of the last decades, guitarist Rens Newland showed his good relationship to brass instruments: in the Latin Fusion band Ostinato, in his funky international bands like with Gloria Gaynor or in the extremely interesting project Enfant Terrible with the legendary Bumi Fian (died beginning of 2006)- and of course in the Big Bands he used to play, he was very active in composing and arranging for the horns! Since a couple of years a special idea in this direction kept going round in his head: make a link between the Phraseology and groove roots of the original New Orleans street bands (2nd line) - the prolongation of this tradition you´ll find on market places and events in Amsterdam or Copenhagen -, beats and licks of New York funk and Bop, plus the strong influences of the European and Vienna music - also the Vienna electronic scene... Small testing concerts and try-outs at workshops given by Mr. Newland, brought the right impulses. Step by step he searched and found the right musicians for it. In his own Bizzy Man Studio the live-in-studio recordings were made and the result was exactly this mix of joy and inspiration what he hoped of: You play for your life, you love your life! By using the Tuba as bass, you get this street flair. The horns stick more to the traditional touch, but yet use electronics here and there. The grand piano and partly the Fender Rhodes electric piano represent the New York, as well as the European intellectuality. The guitar brings in the roughness, the blues, but also associations with the gipsy tradition of Django Reinhardt or the Bebop of Wes Montgomery! Rens Newland NL, A, guitars, electronics Horst-Michael Schaffer A, trumpet, flügelhorn Tom Müller D, A, sax, electronics Markus Weissenbach A, contra bass tuba János Mazura H, contra bass tuba Martin Wöss A, piano, keyboards Peter Gabis A, drums, percussion Rens Newland is, without a doubt, one of the most creative and productive jazz musicians within Austria. As a rule his productivity is not merely focused on playing his dear guitars, but to keep things interesting to others as to himself, he also indulges himself in composing, arranging and producing (or whatever publishing, running a record label or creating a serious bit of graphical designs through CD-cover production is being called these days).1953 Born 1953 in Holland, Rens Newland started his musical carreer playing in and for several cross-over bands. Especially Scope was pioneering and successful (eventually it even made The Billboard Jazz Charts). The band toured in The Netherlands, but also in Germany. 1977 In 1977 he moved to Vienna (Austria), to play with the Austrian Radio (ORF) Big Band and the Erich Kleinschuster Sextet, performing with some European and American stars (concerts and broadcasting shows in Austria, Germany, Hungary & Switzerland). At this time he was also doing his first solo projects, like Electrio and 'Newland'. 1981 After the dissolution of the ORF Big Band (1981), he joined Ostinato, where he was able to unfold his talents in funky and jazz playing, as well as in writing for the horn section (he co-leaded with Thomas Böröcz). A series of albums came out and also the co-operation with Gina Charito started. The band did a lot of club and festival touring in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. 1991 In the years up to 1991 he still did a lot of featured playing, writing and producing for Austrian Radio, a.o. with the ORF Symphony Orchestra and The Moonlight Orchestra. In 1991 he co-produced the Vienna Big Band Machine album and together with Martin Fuss and Hans Salomon he founded the record label Jive Music. 1993 In 1993, he and Bumi Fian started the Enfant Terrible project with Thomas Lang, Willi Langer and Woody Scha- bata. They played at several festivals and in 1995 the first CD came out. 1996 In 1996 Rens presented the solo album (about) sexy Jazz with some of his musical friends like Joris Dudli and Herwig Gradischnig. Two other projects followed in '97: his first acoustic solo guitar album and the special septet Brassbabies & Rhythmkids, live and on CD, with Werner Feldgrill, Christian Maurer, Gerald Preinfalk and others. 1997 The brand new vibra- phone player of Enfant Terrible - Flip Phillip - turned out to be a congenial musical partner and with him Rens started 1997 the intellectual groove-jazz project Ya- cazu, a challenging band with various vocal soloists, like Cedric or Jacqueline Patricio. As a result of this interesting collaboration a CD was presented in the beginning of 1998. He also produced the new Gina Charito come-back album called Wanna make love to you. Besides that a collaboration with Gloria Gaynor started. With the Newland Band he did several international concerts (Switserland, Ger- many).1999 In 1999 he started touring and recording with the new solo-project Rens Newland & Fonky World: a cooking guitar trio - extended with double percussion (Stephan Maaß and Moses Afanyi) featuring also Lionel Lodge with vocals and poetry. Rens and his Newland Band did some touring with The Supremes (France, Germany, Austria). 2000 In 2000 the co-operation with Lionel Lodge got more intensive: Lots of duo gigs. The new band called Rens Newland´s Groovit feat. R'becca starts performing and recording. 2001 In 2001 big concerts and touring with Gloria Gaynor (Austria, Spain, Dubai) formed the highlight. Concerts in the Ukrain, co-operation and concerts with the group Braty Bluzu from there (in Linz and Kiev) followed after that. Rens Newland also had some very succesfull openings with Lionel Lodge to Alanis Morisette and Jethro Tull concerts in Vienna. The presentation of the Lionel Lodge & Rens Newland Unplugged Project found place at about the same time. On the 2nd Willi Langer CD (The course of life), he profilated himself as co-producer, arranger and player. 2002 In 2002 the Lionel Lodge and Rens Newland CD Sailing to the sirens was released, furthermore a live CD with Braty Bluzu. Big 'Music Without Bounderies' concerts in Kiev and Kalush, Ukraine. Another interesting Jazz and Rhythm & Blues crossover project started : 'Impact Project' feat. R´Becca, and the presentation of a new voice: Marija De Silva. As a musical director he is touring with Gloria Gaynor and The Supremes again (a.o. in Schwitzerland, Denmark, Spain). 2003 In 2003 a production with exclusively compositions of his very own 'About'-cycle (created in the last days of DDR in East Berlin!) is released: The CD Move that thing, Rens Newland on jazz-guitar with his Groove Jazz Formation 'Groovit': Willi Langer on Bass, 3 great drummers in rotation: Oliver Gattringer, Joris Dudli and Christian Leitner. Guests: R'Becca (vocals), Geri Schuller (Keyboards), Flip Philipp (Vibraphone). Presentation tour in Austria. Summerfestivals with Gloria Gaynor and more international Concerts with Lionel Lodge and Braty Bluzu. In the studio and as a producer very active: a.o. D.e.w.i.e.n.e.r.s (Hip HOP), Flip Philipp (Modern Jazz), Joschi Schneeberger (swing)... Rebecca makes it into the final round of the Austrian version of 'Idols'(Starmania), further work on her CD. Complete Orchestration for the CD version of the Musical 'Schlaraffenland'. 2004 Recording and release of the band-CD 'It's Not My Fault' with the Lionel Train. Recording of CD's of Heinz von Hermann, Jazzmetalex, Joschi Schneeberger Quintet. Summer festivals and East Europe Tour (Art On Ice) with Gloria Gaynor. Release of the CD 'The Bliss' (Rebecca Kolland meetz Rens Newland) Starting occasional engagement as stage musician at the 'Burgtheater'. 2005 Production and presentation of the Rocksoul Album 'Strong' plus the single 'some things are true' with the exceptionnal Austrian vocal talent Christine Brezovsky! Germany tour with 'Musical Moments' (various musical stars). 2006 Release of the instrumental CD 'Freedom Street Parade' (Rens Newland with the twenty second line circus), dedicated to the people of New orleans, and Almost as a surprise, also for me, we released the album OSTINATO - Best Of Vinyl & Live! After short brainstorming with Tommy Böröcz, the founder and with me the co-leader of this legendary Funk-Latin-Fusion band, we gathered material from the vinyl albums (8ties) and from the jubilee concert in Metropole, Vienna, 1994. And we're gonna play again, starting right now! Some touring with Gloria Gaynor, 22nd line circus.. CD projects with Christine Brezovsky, Lynne Kieran, Kai Peterson. And a Blues project is going round in some heads... Rens Newland has worked with: Toots Thielemans, Lou Rawls, Clark Terry, Edu Lobo, Michel Legrand, Kai Winding, Joe Zawinul, Toni Lakatos, Harry Sokal, Catarina Valente, Gilbert Becaud, Barry Manilow, Wolfgang Puschnig, Jerry Lewis, Jose Carreras, Dorretta Carter, Mainstreet, Willy Ketzer, Supremes, Gloria Gaynor... and many more. Selected discography (as soloist, leader or co-leader): - RENS NEWLAND: "(about) sexy Jazz" Jive Music, "Manchildparty" (with Brassbabies & Rhythmkids) Jive Music, "Acoustic Daydreams" Jive Music "Fonk Is My Fate" Jive Music "Move That Thing" Jive Music -"Scope I", "Scope II" Warner Music -"NEWLAND' - "Siberian Husky" - Ostinato: "Ostinato", "Slowwalker", "Having Fun" (with Gina Charito) Holiday Music "Pump up the Horns" Music Pool, "Modern Line Event" BMG, 'Best of Vinyl and Live' Jive Music -"Vienna Big Band Machine" Jive Music - ENFANT TERRIBLE! - "Freedom for Everybody" PAO Records -"Romantic Symphony" with the ORF Symphony Orchestra and the Moonlight Orchestra Jive Music - YACAZU: "Coollikamoddafokka" Jive Music "Lissatodashiddaplai" Jive Music -- LIONEL LODGE & RENS NEWLAND "Sailing To The Sirens" Scoop Records -- REBECCA Kolland meetz Rens NEWLAND - "The Bliss" Jive Music RENS NEWLAND composer From the first days he got a guitar in his hands, Rens Newland was starting to compose and never stopped writing during his musical carreer. So now he can call at least 1500 compositions his own. He also wrote a lot of lyrics, as his interest goes from intellectual instrumental works to pop and jazz songs. The range goes further from one-second-signations to symphonical compositions! He made numerous commisioned works for Austrian singers and instrumental productions of the Austrian Broadcasting Company (ORF). Especially his own records contain almost exclusively originals, and for several other projects he did the main or co-writing (i.e. Ostinato, Mainstreet, Gina Charito Band, Vienna Big Band Machine, Rebecca, Christine Brezovsky, Lynne Kieran, Kai Henry) RENS NEWLAND arranger Also in the early years of his musical development Rens Newland started arranging: For his starting groups like "Burning Graveyard" he did almost all rhythm arranging and later on with "Scope" he shared the arranging job (rhythm and woodwinds here and thereOSTINATO", where he was able to unfold his talents in funky and jazz playing, as well as in writing for the horn section (he co-leaded with Thomas Böröcz)., writing and producing for Austrian Radio, a.o. with the ORF Symphony Orchestra and the Moonlight Orchestra.