Pewny was born in Vienna on November 11th, 1963. As making music
runs in the family, he started playing classical piano at the age of six. At
age thirteen, he taught himself to play Blues &
Boogie Woogie piano by
listening to old records of his favourite piano players, Albert Ammons, Pete
Johnson and Meade Lux Lewis, who were
popular in the USA in the late 30s.
It was the legendary 1976 Vienna Boogie Woogie Session which inspired him to
intensify his piano efforts.
Already in 1979 Michael had his first concert at the VHS in Hietzing and
then at the Viennese blues club 'Papa's Tapas' not before 1981. After nine
years of playing in clubs (especially at Jazzland and Roter Engel) to
finance his university studies and during the ensuing military service, he
recorded his first LP 'Vienna Boogie Woogie' with Torsten Zwingenberger on
drums in 1988.
In 1990, Bellaphon became interested in his music and released 'Left Hand
Roller' featuring Michael together with the British singer Dana Gillespie.
After several trips to the USA with GŁnther Schifter, primarily to New
Orleans, and journeys to Asia, he recorded his second CD 'Boogie On My Mind'
featuring Martin Wichtl on saxophone and the singer Sabine Ruzicka from
Krems (unfortunately the cooperation came to a halt when she pursued a