Guitarist • Composer • Performer
“Reentko tells us stories in his music –
stories of places distant as well as those deep within us.
And he is an outstanding storyteller.”
YO YO MA
Reentko Dirks is a guitarist, composer and producer who has worked with prestigious ensembles and renowned artists throughout the world. He has written pieces for Cirque du Soleil and Semperoper Dresden, taken to the stage alongside stars including Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Bruns, Ben Becker and accordion virtuoso Ksenija Sidorova, and been invited to perform at legendary venues such as Carnegie Hall, 92Y (both New York), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow). From 2012 to 2015 he performed with and went on to compose for Giora Feidman. He also composes film music, his most recent project being the Czech blockbuster “Nationalstraße” (based on the bestseller by Jaroslav Rudiš; music composed in collaboration with pianist Clemens Christian Pötzsch).
Reentko has been a member of the European Guitar Quartet since 2012 and joined Masaa – winner of the German Jazz Award 2021.
In 2021 he and Turkish guitarist Erkin Cavus released their highly anticipated new album “Istanbul 1900”, which was even able to enter the charts in some countries.
Inspired by his intensive study of not only flamenco but also non-European and particularly Arabian music, Reentko’s unorthodox playing style blends a variety of genres, cultures and timbres to create an unconventional sound that has earned him multiple international prizes.
Reentko Dirks (born 1979 in Bad Gandersheim) studied Acoustic Guitar under Professor Thomas Fellow at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden before himself taking a teaching role at the school. He has initiated and participated in a broad range of artistic projects, with prize-winning examples including guitar duo “Dirks und Wirtz” (2006 European Guitar Award) and “Annamateur und Außensaiter” (2008 German Cabaret Prize). His role in the Grimme Prize-nominated television programme “Zärtlichkeiten im Bus” involved collaborations with leading pop acts such as Bosse, Max Mutzke, Samy Deluxe, Yvonne Catterfeld, Enno Bunger and Andreas Bourani.
Reentko and the drummer and percussionist Demian Kappenstein have made their sing-along format “Betreutes Singen” (literally “Sheltered Singing”) a sell-out success at the Scheune club in Dresden. Since 2020 their infectious live show has been a regular feature of the city’s major season of open-air cultural events “Filmnächte am Elbufer”. It is the perfect opportunity for Reentko to showcase his encyclopaedic musical knowledge, and in particular his ability to immediately break into any song from throughout the history of rock and pop.
Reentko is a D’Addario artist.
March 4th: Giengen, Guitar Festival (with Erkin Cavus)
March 9th: Essen, Schloss Borbeck (with Masaa)
March 10th: Lörrach, Burghof (with Masaa)
March 11th: Offenbach, Reithalle (with Masaa)
March 21st: Dresden, Kino Schauburg: Das Betreute Singen (with Demian Kappenstein)
March 23rd: Mindelheim, Jazz-ISCH (with Masaa)
March 24th: Kraichtal, Int. Jazzfestival (with Masaa)
April 11th: Dresden, Kino Schauburg: Das Betreute Singen (with Demian Kappenstein)
April 14th: Berlin, Orania: private show (with Masaa)
April 15th: Köln, Philharmonie: Masaa feat Bjarke Falgren (Pre-release concert)
April 20th & 21st: Hamburg, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio (with Masaa)
May 16th: Dresden, Kino Schauburg: Das Betreute Singen (with Demian Kappenstein)
June 3rd: Dresden, Jazzclub Tonne (with Masaa)
June 4th: Görlitz, Jazztage (with Masaa)
June 6th: Dresden, Kino Schauburg: Das Betreute Singen (with Demian Kappenstein)
June 7th: Oderaue, Theater am Rand (premiere “Story Teller Concert” with Clemens Christian Pötzsch & Thomas Rühmann)
June 8th: Oderaue, Theater am Rand (“Story Teller Concert” with Clemens Christian Pötzsch & Thomas Rühmann)
June 20th: Stuttgart, Musikfest (with Masaa)
June 21st: Legau, Casino Saal (with Masaa)
June 22nd: München, Unterfahrt (with Masaa)
June 27th: Nürnberg, ION (with Masaa)
June 28th: Pullach, Bürgerhaus (with Masaa)
July 6th: Ulm, Ulmer Zelt (with Masaa)
July 9th: Mikulov (CZ) with European Guitar Quartet
July 14th: Bad Gandersheim, LAGA (with Masaa)
Aug 13th: New Ross (IR), New Ross Festival (solo)
Aug 16th: Dresden, Filmnächte am Elbufer – S!NG-die Mitsingrevue (with Demian Kappenstein und Falk Töpfer)
Aug 26th: Kühlungsborn, Kunsthalle (with Erkin Cavus)
Sep 8th: Greven, Ems Jazz (with Masaa)
Sep 9th: Naestved (DK) Falgren & Friends Festival (with Masaa & Bjarke Falgren)
Sep 15th: Bad Gandersheim/Heckenbeck, Weltbühne (ÜTOPYA release concert with Erkin Cavus)
Sep 16th: Dresden, Jazzclub Tonne (with Erkin Cavus)
Sep 19th: Dresden, Kino Schauburg: Das Betreute Singen (with Demian Kappenstein)
Sep 30th: Skryje (CZ) church (with Erkin Cavus)
Okt 5th: Oderaue, Theater am Rand (“Story Teller Concert” with Clemens Christian Pötzsch & Thomas Rühmann)
Okt 6th: Oderaue, Theater am Rand (“Story Teller Concert” with Clemens Christian Pötzsch & Thomas Rühmann)
Okt 5th: Oderaue, Theater am Rand (with Erkin Cavus feat Clemens Christian Pötzsch)
Oct 24th: Dresden, Kino Schauburg: Das Betreute Singen (with Demian Kappenstein)
Nov 11th: Heek, Brückenklang Festival (solo)
Nov 16th-19th: Oderaue, Theater am Rand (Der Wal und das Ende der Welt feat Kathleen Gaube, Clemens Christian Pötzsch, Jens-Uwe Bogadke, Thomas Rühmann)
Nov 24th: Göppingen, Odeon (with Masaa)
Dec 13th-17th: Oderaue, Theater am Rand (Der Wal und das Ende der Welt feat Kathleen Gaube, Clemens Christian Pötzsch, Jens-Uwe Bogadke, Thomas Rühmann)
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