- Feb 28 2021: “Sunrise” video released!
- Feb 28 2021: “Sunrise” released on BandCamp!
- Feb 18 2021: “You…” video released!
- Feb 18 2021: “You…” released on BandCamp!
- Feb 09 2021: “Still, No Rain” video released!
- Jan 01 2021: Happy New Year! New music website under construction at rainerwillekemusic.com!
- Dec 18 2020: New track released!
“Still, No Rain” featuring Ken Ermter now available at SoundBlend.com
- June 2020: Currently hard at work on preparing 10 of my original songs for release! Stay tuned!
My musical background began with the clarinet at age 10 in Qualicum Beach BC Canada under the guidance of Mr. Bill Cave – a tremendous teacher and mentor to me. After clarinet I moved on to trumpet and eventually the alto saxophone by age 15. The alto became my primary instrument, but I also play tenor, soprano, and occasionally baritone saxophones. I also sing, play MIDI wind controller, and a little keyboard, guitar & bass.
On the alto saxophone, my biggest early influence was David Sanborn, but I also love the styles of many other players, such as Cannonball Adderley, Michael Brecker, Branford Marsalis, Candy Dulfer, Eric Marienthal, Paul Desmond, Eric Dolphy, Joshua Redman, Maceo Parker, Phil Dwyer, Campbell Ryga, to name but a few. Growing up around my parents’ record collection, I found great music by artists like Herb Alpert, Pete Fountain, Chuck Mangione, & Zoot Sims. As time went on rock & blues started to become a much bigger influence on me with bands like Led Zeppelin, Cream, Rush, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Yes, Genesis, The Doors etc., while my parents were still taking me to the opera and to concerts by the likes of Liberace. So I think it’s fair to say that by the time I finished high school I had enjoyed a fairly broad range of musical experiences.
I got involved in analog audio and video hardware in the ’80s and kept on learning all that I could about it (plus I worked in the audio/video business for several years). I started gigging in the late ’80s, started tracking and mixing projects in the early ’90s and since then have become pretty handy with Cubase as well as a wide variety of plugins, VST instruments, and hardware.
Gig-wise, I’ve played many of the local (Vancouver Island) venues & festivals at some point, with some band or another. A few highlights include the Victoria International JazzFest (with Soul Station), Blues Bash (with Soul Station, Soul Shakers, and Groove Kitchen), the Oak Bay Tea Party (again with Soul Station, Soul Shakers, and Groove Kitchen), and opening for a variety of established artists such as Eric Burdon & The Animals.
In 2018 I had a project studio built in my home & started on the journey of producing my first set of 10 original songs intended for wide release. I’m currently taking a hiatus from gigging to focus on finishing this project, with the release of new material intended for 2020 and 2021.
Some Past Projects
2021: Southern Railway (tenor saxophone – collab with Beats by the Cat)
2020: Still, No Rain (collab with Pedro Arbour, Ken Ermter, Joseph Sixkiller, Rafal Szewczyk, Bil Underwood). I produced & co-wrote this track and provided vocals, saxophones, guitar, keyboards/synths, percussion, sound fx, & virtual instruments. Mixed & mastered by Sam Koop.
2020: Sunday Afternoon (tenor saxophone – collab with
Matthijs Engbers & Tony Wisniewski)
2020: Baby Now I Know with Rob Noland (alto & tenor saxophones)
2019: The Revolving Doors (guest on alto saxophone), Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
2017: Hulk Smash Up with Kenneth Ermter (MIDI wind controller)
2012-2014: Groove Kitchen (alto, tenor & soprano saxophones, vocals)
2011: Collab on Moths Mix with Sect.23
2003-2005: Soul Station (alto saxophone, vocals)
2004: Allison Crowe (production & engineering assistance on her debut solo album, “Secrets”)
2004: “Nanaimo – The Harbour City In Pictures” (music producer/arranger/engineer, alto saxophone)
2004: One2Many (alto saxophone)
1995: Leo Dann Band (alto saxophone)
1994-2009: Ronald Anthony & Friends (alto & soprano saxophone & MIDI wind controller on various releases)
1994: Just Jake (lead vocals, alto saxophone, keyboards)
1991-1994: Threshold (vocals, alto & tenor saxophone, keyboards)
1991-1994: Red Zone/The Deep (co-writer/producer/arranger/engineer, alto saxophone, vocals)
Notable Pre-1990 Gigs: Parksville Community Concert Band (clarinet for Handl’s Messiah), Mount Arrowsmith Big Band (alto saxophone), Expo 86 with Kwalikum Secondary School Concert Band (clarinet), Michael Norman Duet (alto saxophone)