The music of Michael Kaeshammer is full of thrills

The Artistry of… Michael Kaeshammer

Have you ever been to an airshow and seen the stunt pilots doing those brazen tricks with their airplanes? The loop-the-loop-and-other-way-out aerial maneuvers and acrobatics? You look up at them amazed and transfixed and say, “Man, that’s crazy,” or, “That looks like a whole bunch of fun.” I am sure the pilots do have fun with the thrills of the rolls and dives and upside-down passes, but to do that you have to have super basic flying skills that are honed to a sharp edge. Mix in nerves of steel!

Michael Kaeshammer is like those stunt pilots. His music-making is a roller-coaster ride of thrills, but do not be fooled — it is not reckless. It comes from sharp skill and focus. Loop-the-loop indeed, it is sophisticated fun. A whole bunch of double-dare-ya in the musical blue yonder.

The Artistry of… is a weekly series that reflects on the passion and essence of an artist. It airs Wednesday evenings on Dinner Jazz with John Devenish.

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