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22.April 2022 - 8.30 pm (CET) - Live at Masterlink, London

Redtenbacher's Funkestra | Bringing the Funk

This is the first of hopefully many 'Live at Masterlink' streams in front of a very special VIP audience. The Funkestra will present their current sound with a brand-new repertoire, including a few 'classic' tracks from previous records plus some choice favourites from music industry legends.

Pioneers of original instrumental ‘Strudel Funk’…and then some…

The London based band are the brainchild of Austrian bassist Stefan Redtenbacher

Their creative heart is fuelled by Stefan’s compositions and arrangements which he churns out with a ferocious work ethic, on the whole propelled forward by his wingman, US drummer Mike Sturgis.

Since the mid-90s the group has taken on different guises from small band via big band to fully blown orchestral line-ups, performing in Europe and the US.

Initially a ‘wall-to-wall’ instrumental Jazz Funk horn band they have further branched out to incorporate soul and blues, partially Influenced by their role as the house band for the Masterlink Sessions

Having played countless 100% live in the studio with artists from genres as far apart as neo-psychedelic soul via blues to coffee table ‘Americana’ has certainly played their role in their new direction. In this capacity they have filmed and recorded with UK music royalty Hamish Stuart, US Grammy winner Mike Farris, Sarah Jane Morris, Sugababe Mutja Buena and a host of international and local upcoming artists.

Stefan feels privileged to have recorded with bona fide funk legends like Alfred ‘PW’ Ellis, Fred Wesley, Lenny Pickett and ‘Doc’ Kupka from Tower of Power, as well as the horns sections and players from Prince (New Power Generation), Incognito and The Brand New Heavies, alongside an impressive list of master musicians in their field like drummers Stanton Moore, Keith Carlock, Benny Greb, guitarists Eric Krasno and Elliot Randall and horn players like Rick Margitza, Chris Hunter, Andy Snitzer and Lee Thornburg to name but a few.

With over 4 million Spotify streams, a stack of over 15 albums and numerous collaboration releases to their name they are steadily gaining fans worldwide.

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On Stage
Pete Billington
Carter Arrington
Mike Sturgis
Piers Green
Stefan Redtenbacher
James Welch
Leo Mansell
Stefan Redtenbacher
Peter Mills
venue management, FOH
Joe Anderton
studio assistant
George Marsh
studio assistant
  1. Chugg (Dave Limina)
  2. Carol (Stefan Redtenbacher)
  3. BDR529 Illinois (Stefan Redtenbacher)
  4. Fluffball (Stefan Redtenbacher)
  5. Kerria Lacca (Stefan Redtenbacher)
  6. Plantation Inn (Al Jackson, Isaac Hayes, Steve Cropper)
  7. Live Your Best Dream (Stefan Redtenbacher)
  8. Ghost Fish (Thomas Feurer, Stefan Redtenbacher)
  9. Cat Herder Scuffle (Stefan Redtenbacher)
  10. Monster Funk (Tucker Antell, Stefan Redtenbacher)
  11. Hot Jam (Stefan Redtenbacher)

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Redtenbacher’s Funkestra

The London based, multi-national, Redtenbacher’s Funkestra is the brainchild of bassist, composer and producer Stefan Redtenbacher. This original and mostly instrumental wall-to-wall Jazz Funk Collective of world class players has about 20 releases to their name - ‘The Hang’ being the latest one, currently number one win the weekly top 50 Funk album chart according to the Roots Music Report.

They have recorded with the 'who's who' from the international Jazz Funk and Fusion scene including legends like Fred Wesley, Alfred ‘Pee Wee’ Ellis from James Brown, Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka, Lee Thornburg and Lenny Pickett from Tower of Power, Cory Wong (Vulfpeck), Eric Krazno (Lettuce), Stanton Moore (Galactic), drum virtuoso Benny Greb, Elliott Randall and Keith Carlock (Steely Dan), titanic saxophone players Rick Margitza (Miles Davis Band), Chris Hunter (Gil Evans Orchestra), Andy Snitzer (Paul Simon), Prince’s New Power Generation horn section (aka ‘The Hornheads’) and horn players from Incognito, Brand New Heavies and many more.

Their records have been released on Wooden Hat Records (USA), Pedigree Cuts/Universal (UK) and Stefan’s own label RSB Records. In the last 5 years they have clocked up an impressive 3 million plus (and rising) streams on Spotify only and their music has also been publicly performed by Big Bands in USA, Austria, Germany, Holland, Denmark and the UK.

Over the past two years the Funkestra rhythm section has also served as the studio house band for ‘The Masterlink Sessions’ and have fully embraced a broader range of styles, not least supporting a range of noted international vocalists. The has resulted in 50+ videos and album and EP recordings with US Grammy winner Mike Farris, Hamish Stuart (front man of the original ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ Average White Band, McCartney, Aretha, Chaka, Ringo Starr and many more), Sarah Jane Morris, Jo Harman, Australia's Georgia van Etten, Sam Tanner, Hollie Rogers, Jade Like The Stone, Portugal's Diana Silveira, Helena May, Orphy Robinson MBE, Laura Evans, Jools Holland vocalist Louise Marshall, Purdy, Connor Selby, Elles Bailey and many more.

The band has morphed, somewhat organically, into a zeitgeist equivalent of the legendary studio bands from Motown (Funkbrothers), Stax Records (Booker T & The MGs/Mar-Keys) and Muscle Shoals (‘The Swampers’) respectively, and are the studio/production house choice for very many respected artists at the elite end of the music business. With this, the band, whilst continuing to make their own successful records, has evolved into a highly respected mini-Nashville production house in the Surrey Hills, UK - a set up that seems destined to continue on an even larger scale as we move further into the new decade.


‘Live at Masterlink’ was born out of the ‘Masterlink Sessions’: invited guests performing 100% live in the studio with the studio house band beautifully filmed by videographer Leo Mansell from Shoot and Splice. Extended out from the series of popular videos the team have now expanded their offering by organising circa 20 min live-stream concerts, not only from the house band with their invited guests but also other artists and bands sharing the community values. This is our own spin on ‘Daryl’s House’ and ‘NPR Tiny Desk Concerts’ from leafy Surrey, Great Britain. The ‘Masterlink Sessions’ are a joint venture of Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra), James Welch (Masterlink Productions) and Leo Mansell (Shoot and Splice) to strengthen the community of creative and like-minded musicians who love music with timeless values, played live and for real. The sessions initially became most known for featuring noted international artists in the genres of funk, soul, blues and jazz, but more recently this has been extended to include a wider, more unbounded remit that features rock, 'Americana', singer-songwriters and more.

The intention is always to record 100% live in the studio, nodding towards the great studio bands of the ‘60s like The Funk Brothers (Motown), The Swampers (Muscle Shoals) and The Mar-Keys (Staxs). Capturing the energy and chemistry between the artist and the 'crack' studio band is at the heart of all their recordings, all videoed by film maker Leo Mansell, further reflecting the 'organic' nature of the proceedings.

So far, over 50 videos have been produced featuring artists such as Hamish Stuart (AWB, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr), Sarah Jane Morris, US Grammy award winning Mike Farris, Jo Harman, Orphy Robinson MBE, Louise Clare Marshall (Jools Holland) and many more. Masterlink aims to not only feature some of the most established and respected names in the business, but also give a platform for emerging artists who truly have the talent to perform at the required level. Its 'A&R' advisory team includes BiGiAM Artist Services and other management organisations geared to supporting credible artists with like-minded values.

The studio house band (a.k.a. the Funkestra) generally runs as a small collective of international, yet UK-based world-class musicians (with CV's to prove it - think Bowie, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Mark Ronson & more) which, at its core, comprises:

Stefan Redtenbacher (bs, producer) Mike Sturgis (drs), Karl Vanden Bossche (perc), Mike Outram/Tony Remy (gtr), Ross Stanley (keys)


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