Artist Profile: Markus Reuter of "Stick Men"

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to chat with Markus Reuter, who is in town with progressive rock band Stick Men for two performances at Reggie’s (2105 S. State Street in Chicago). Read on to learn more about Markus, their new album Midori, and much more.

Markus Reuter (Photo: Anya Roz)

Andrew DeCanniere (AD): Where were you born, and where do you live now?


Markus Reuter (MR): I was born in Lippstadt, Germany, and now live in Berlin, which is my favorite place to be when I’m not on the road.


AD: When and how did you get your start? When and how did you know that this is what you wanted to do — that you wanted to make this your career?


MR: That’s a good question. I believe that I never had a choice. That is, I never considered anything else. I discovered the arts in the form of contemporary classical and other challenging music very early on in my pre-teen life. I’ve always had physical, visceral vision for a certain music I’d like to hear and feel, and thus I’ve embarked on the never-ending quest to find it. For a decade or so, I had a recurring dream in which I was searching for the ‘holy grail’ vinyl album in a labyrinth-like department store. It’s hilarious, but true.

Markus Reuter in Berlin (Photo: Dutch Rall)

AD: How would you describe your new album, and who or what was your inspiration for it?


MR: Stick Men’s Midori is a live album that was recorded in Tokyo last year. Our agent wanted to bring our band, Stick Men (Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter) together with David Cross, who’s been in King Crimson’s violinist on the classic album Larks Tongues in Aspic and Starless and Bible Black. It turned out to be a great idea. Without much rehearsal we played those shows which featured original Stick Men material, King Crimson covers, and several improvised pieces. The double album, which was exclusively available in Japan for the last 12 months, has now been released in the USA.


Stick Men in 2012 (Photo: Anya Roz)


AD: What kind of music do you enjoy listening to yourself? What genre of music do you enjoy the most? What draws you to those particular artists?


MR: Outside of the music I’m working on, my favorite composers are Nik Bärtsch, Olivier Messiaen, David Bedford, and Mike Oldfield. I also love The Cure and New Model Army.


AD: Where are you performing locally and when?


MR: My progressive rock band Stick Men is playing at Reggie’s for two nights, on the 4th and 5th of May.


To find out more about Stick Men and their new album, Midori, click here. To purchase tickets to either their May 4th or May 5th performances at Reggie's, located at 2105 South State Street in Chicago, click here.

If you live outside of the Chicago area, you can also catch Stick Men on tour in the following cities through May 15, 2016:

MAY 6, FRI - Milwaukee, WI (Shank Hall)

MAY 7, SAT - Dubuque, IA (The Venue)

MAY 8, SUN - Minneapolis, MN (Fine Music Cafe)

MAY 10, TUE - Moline, IL (Rascals)

MAY 11, WED - St. Louis, MO (The Old Rock House)

MAY 13, FRI - Louisville, KY (Headliner)

MAY 14, SAT - Columbus, OH (Scarlet & Grey Caffe)

MAY 15, SUN - Cleveland, OH (Beachland Music Hall)



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