In 1977 Peter Legat, the prospective guitarist, composer and mastermind of Count Basic, moved to Vienna in order to study jazz-guitar at the Conservatory Vienna, commencing in 1980 and completing it with excellence in 1985.
During this period Peter Legat had already produced 2 albums with his former band "Incognito".
When Peter Legat brought his project "Count Basic" to life in 1993, he instantaneously received a record deal. Encouraged by the huge success of his first single "All Time High" in Austria, he flew to London in order to produce his first album. "Ernie Mckone" invited the cream of the crop of acid jazz musicians to the studio to produce the first album "Life think it over" (see details below).
This was when Peter Legat met the New Yorker singer Kelli Sae. She was won over for this first project and hast been a consistant component of Count Basic ever since.
Kelli is currently living in New York, working around the globe. She is a very busy studio and live-singer with numerous bands and always working on her own projects as well. Just to name a few, she has also worked with: Defunkt, Incognito, Neneh Cherry, Arrested Development, Skoota, DJ Logic, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nona Hendrix, Eric Gadd, Tony Rebel, Ben Neil and many more - and has opened shows for music legends such as the late Curtis Mayfield, George Clinton and P-Funk, the P-Funk All Stars, David Bowie, Bootsy Collins, Toto, Living Colour, Bernie Worell, Inner Circle, The Tom Tom Club…
While Kelli Sae is kept busy in N.Y., Peter Legat is always on the run in Vienna. Besides working on his albums, he is a much sought after studio & session player as well as composer, but still finds time to teach guitar at the "University of Music and Performing Arts" in Vienna and lecture at ensemble and songwriting workshops.
Together they are the soul of COUNT BASIC, a group of 11 band members who have achieved an impressive number of Hit-singles, collected on their "Best Of" Album