DUO WITH DIRK ENGELMEYER

Today Frank Muschalle & Dirk Engelmeyer belong to the leading interpreters among the "second generation" of European boogie woogie musicians. With the line - up of piano, drums & vocals, which has an old tradition in classical blues and boogie, the two of them have been touring jazz clubs, theatres, cultural centers and festivals in Germany and Europe for years.

Dirk Engelmeyer, born near Osnabrück, Germany, in 1969, discovered a liking for the drums in early youth. Since then he has been exploring the numerous facets of this instrument intensively.
Initially impressed by the blues and rock music of the sixities, Dirk´s playing today is influenced by drummers of the New Orleans, Chicago, jazz and swing eras such as Nick Fatool, Dave Tough, J.C. Heard or Sid Catlett.

For years Dirk has accompanied various bands and soloists. Recently he has been especially popular with Boogie Woogie pianists. In this particular context his soft, swinging drumming style can develop marvellously.
Besides the collaboration with his permanent duo partner Frank Muschalle, with whom he has performed for many years throughout Europe, Dirk has been on stage with Axel Zwingenberger, Martin Pyrker, Tibor Grasser and Henning Pertiet.

Dirk Engelmeyer inspires his audience again and again with his charming and unaffected vocal manner. A wide variety of styles can be found in his repertory: blues- and barrelhouse titels from the thirties and forties as well as vivacious boogie woogie classics and light, statley pieces in the Kansas City swing tradition.
Beside his own titles Dirk Engelmeyer performs songs by such diverse artists as Jay McShann, Bumble Bee Slim, Lloyd Glenn, Little Brother Montgomery or Jack Teagarden.
By means of careful choice of those pieces that are tailored to his talent, and through his preoccupation with traditional styles, Dirk knows how to make titles always sound fresh and vivid.