Gilles Wagner - batterie
Jean-Jacques Wathgen - guitares
Felix Schaber - basse
Luca Sales - claviers
Julien Petit - saxophones
The fusion band IGUANA was founded in 1997 by Félix Schaber. The musical style was clearly fusion. Jazz elements were combined with Latin, funk, rock and bebop.
The members at the time were Nico Wegé, Félix Schaber, Vincent Nolot, Jean-Jacques Wathgen and Eric Figel. All compositions were written by pianist Félix Schaber and drummer Nico Wegé. In 1999, the band released their first album entitled “Mysterious Planet”.
Engagements in France and Germany followed. Among them was opening the jazz festival “Am Brunnenhof” in Trier. IGUANA quickly made a name for themselves with their live performances. After three years, the musicians decided to take a break.
It would take a while, but in 2021 founding member Félix Schaber managed to reactivate the band, 19 years later. IGUANA 2.0 was born with two members of the 1997 band, Jean-Jacques Wathgen on guitar and Felix Schaber on bass. When the group was reorganised, there was a replacement of the percussionist, which was fulfilled with Eric Dürrer. In November 2021, Gilles Wagner replaced Nico Wegé on drums. Luca Sales on keyboards and Julien Petit on saxophone also joined them.
“IGUANA 2.0” is also the title of the second longplayer, recorded and mixed by Mike Butcher at Roll Studio. The new album will be released in April and contains ten tracks.
“IGUANA 2.0” is more diverse, more contemporary, but also more surprising. An album aimed at a broad audience.
The first 30 ticket holders will receive the album for free on the evening of the event, either as a CD or as a stream link, and every other ticket holder can purchase the album at a discounted price.