Born: March 20, 1982 Primary Instrument: Drums
drums & composition
Since his arrival in New York City in the fall of 2001, Luxembourg native Paul Wiltgen, has made a name for himself among the local and international music industry as an accomplished jazz percussionist and forward-thinking composer. An artist in the truest sense of the word, Paul has earned acclaim as a musician with a unique balance of aesthetic and passion.
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, learning from the likes of John Riley, David Liebman, Samir Chatterjee & Michael Abene.
Becoming a truly pancontinental artist, Paul has appeared alongside such emerging stars as Patrick Cornelius, Michael Janisch, Dave Binney, Miles Okazaki, Linda Oh, Ambrose Akinmusire, Will Vinson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lage Lund, Mike Moreno, Franz von Chossy, Tim Collins, Brian Seeger, Cedric Hanriot, Kristjan Randalu and Pablo Held.
Besides mainly working as a sideman and occasionally leading his own groups, Paul is currently also co-leading the Reis / Demuth / Wiltgen Trio. From 2004 until 2007, he was the leader of a New York band named “The Paislies”, which released its debut album on the Fresh Sound New Talent record label. Paul was also one of the original members of The TransAtlantic Collective, a vivacious contemporary jazz ensemble made up of musicians based in London and New York City.
Paul currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Fresh Sound New Talent
Personnel: Samir Zarif: s; Jesse Lewis: g; Eliot Cardinaux: keys; Miro Sprague: p; Perry Wortman: b; Paul Wiltgen: d.
As A Co-Leader
Laborie Jazz 2013
Personnel: Michel Reis: p; Marc Demuth: b; Paul Wiltgen: d.
The TransAtlantic Collective
Personnel: Patrick Cornelius: s; Quentin Collins: tp; Kristjan Randalu: p; Michael Janisch: b; Paul Wiltgen: d.
As A Sideman
Personnel: Siiri Sisask: v; Kristjan Randalu: p; Carsten Netz: s; Oliver Potratz: b; Paul Wiltgen: d.; Helenos String Quartet
Franz von Chossy Trio
Etcetera Now Records 2009
Personnel: Franz von Chossy: p; Clemens van der Feen: b; Paul Wiltgen: d.
Riaz Khabirpour Group
Konnex Records 2009
Personnel: Riaz Khabirpour: g; Jens Böckamp: s; Pablo Held: p; Matthias Nowak: b; Paul Wiltgen: d.
Blues Till Dawn
Personnel: Adam Czerepinski: tp; Jon Irabagon: s; Jake Saslow: s; Soren Moller: p; Dave Hertzberg: b; Paul Wiltgen: d.
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Mariendall Percussion Ensemble
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