Singer Mark Stouwdam and guitarist Peter Schilmöller are ‘soul mates’ since many years, and together they form Body & Soul. Initially as a duo that interpreted cover songs, later as a duo that started writing own music, which soon resulted in their debut EP “That Is What We Do” (Twenty-Two Records 2016).
Body & Soul’s music can be described as jazzy Americana sound, influenced by a broad arsenal of music genres. Inspired by Jason Mraz, James Taylor, John Legend and The Bros. Landreth among others, the duo creates an effortless and original mixture of modern pop music with retro elements.
Their audience appreciates Mark’s vocals as sounding warm and silky like the voice of Raul Midon, for instance. People are often touched by the narrative guitar playing and the subtle accompaniment that Peter brings into their music. Whether Body & Soul perform as a duo (like originally) or get accomplished by a few excellent musicians to form a full five piece band – the audience is always overwhelmed by the emotional impact that the group and their music has.
Mark Stouwdam is a singer, songwriter and actor from the Netherlands. Born in Enschede/Overijssel, he started his musical journey by playing violin and growing up amidst the a capella sounds of The King’s Singers and the Swingle Singers.
It wasn’t until later that he discovered the joy of singing and the delight of being on stage, joining a musical theatre group as a teenager. Here he found his love for musicals and decided to study jazz singing at the conservatory of Enschede, where he was taught by Adrienne West from 1997 until 2001. From this time on he sang, danced and acted in numerous musical theatre productions in the Netherlands and in Germany.
Mark has a warm and characteristic baritone voice. Due to his theatre background he knows how to convey the emotion of a song. Apart from his work as a performer, he is regularly hired by Nederlandse Reisopera for giving theatre workshops to elementary students.
Peter Schilmöller is a guitarist, songwriter and music producer based in the Netherlands. He grew up in Germany and started playing classical guitar at the age of twelve, but soon rock music and electric guitars drew his attention. As a high school student he recorded his first album with the band “Lazy Strike” and played concerts all over Germany.
At a certain point Peter became interested in jazz and improvised music, so he decided to study jazz guitar at the Dutch conservatories of Arnhem, Zwolle and Enschede. In 1998 he moved to the Netherlands and attained a master’s degree in 2004. Since then he has played countless concerts in many countries around the world. Besides that, he participated in several theatre plays and musical productions.
Peter has a distinctive sound and knows how to tell stories with music, whether as a guitarist or as a composer. Aside from his work as a music performer, he teaches at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and at Musikschule Greven/Emsdetten/Saerbeck and writes for the German guitar magazine “grand gtrs & basses”.