The Willie August Project

The Willie August Project, a modern jazz trio at your next festival.The Willie August Project, a modern jazz trio from the United States, has been getting rave reviews since the release of their latest CD, SURRENDER TO THE WIND. Recipients of four Music Academy Award nominations since 2000 in their home state of Minnesota, the group is now charting in the state's Jazz Top Fifty, a list of the fifty most played CDs on Minnesota jazz radio stations.Led by guitarist-composer Ben Siems, the band also features the creative and sensitive drumming of Jeremy Hauer. Siems has received over a half dozen awards, grants and commissions for his composing work since 2001. His distinctive guitar style steadily gains wider acclaim, which has led to his recent selection as a headliner of the MAIN STAGE GUITAR SHOWCASE at the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival, Minnesota's premier jazz event.AWARDS AND HONORS: -- Recent CD, SURRENDER TO THE WIND, has charted in Minnesota's Jazz Top Fifty for over two months-- SURRENDER TO THE WIND named one of Minnesota's Top Ten Jazz Releases of 2003 by radio station KBEM-FM, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. -- SURRENDER TO THE WIND named one of Minnesota's Twenty Best CD Releases of 2003 (all genres included) by Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE music critic Tom Surowicz. -- Recipients of three grants from New York City's MEET THE COMPOSER, inc.REVIEWS: "On SURRENDER TO THE WIND, the Willie August Project takes us to far off places, as the compositions of Ben Siems reverberate with the beauty of nature. A very fine collection." -- Leigh Kamman, Minnesota Public Radio's "Voice of Jazz.""A very impressive CD. Siems' guitar work is sterling. Absolutely topnotch." -- Mike Raymond, Jazz Director, radio station WTIP-FM, Grand Marais, Minnesota, USA.FOR MORE INFORMATION, SAMPLE RECORDINGS, DISCOGRAPHY, ETC.: **AVAILABLE FOR FESTIVALS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD**CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS: Ben Siems, Telephone: USA 612-827-0966