Joscho Stephan

Paris in the 1930s: The clubs of the French capital are the birthplace of a new kind of music which will go down in history as the first original European contribution to the development of jazz. The main protagonist of this music is Django Reinhardt, the inventor of Gipsy Swing, a style combining driving straight-ahead rhythms with elegant melodic lines, serving as the basis for wild and virtuoso improvisations previously unknown on the guitar. This offers an ideal platform for highly talented guitarist Joscho Stephan, a player who appears to know no technical boundaries. Stephan belongs to a new generation of guitar virtuosos who are introducing fresh stylistic elements into Gipsy Swing and his concert appearances leave audiences open-mouthed and spellbound.

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Daisy Castro

Young violinist, Daisy Castro, started playing violin at the age of 6. She started out the usual way, with Suzuki and classical, but quickly learned to play by ear whatever her classical instructors could not teach her. The same year that she started playing, she took a trip to France with her parents, where she was first introduced to Gypsy Jazz or Jazz Manouche. Intrigued as a listener from the start, over the years she has found this beautiful and passionate music to be a perfect fit for her playing style. She recorded and released her first solo CD, "Gypsy Moth" at the age of 13, and fittingly, it bears a strong Gypsy Jazz influence.

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Rhythm Future featuring Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli

Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991. He started playing guitar at age of 12. After a few years of playing Olli was introduced to the music of great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz has been Ollies main focus ever since. Soon Ollie was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland. Despite his young age he’s already played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg, Paulus Schäfer, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu. In 2011 The Finnish Fury recorded his first album "Trois Générations" with Hot Club de Finlande and Vitali Imereli and in 2012 he recorded his second album "Kouvola Junction" with Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud van den Berg. The upcoming winter is going to be The Finnish Fury's busiest so far, with gigs in Europe.

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Opus 4

OPUS4 turns the traditional Django Reinhardt Gypsy Swing, and long-established music from Eastern Europe into something different. It’s a sort of blend of both different styles. Something fairly unknown to the audience is that Django Reinhardt himself was inspired by the customary Eastern Music. The Reinhardt Family became known because they could play that style of music. What Opus4 added to tradition is the vocals. That’s why their approach is referred to as Vocal Gypsy Swing.

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Harmonious Wail

Smoldering vocals laced among the jazzy mandolin and guitar; an infectious blend of continental jazz, swing, gypsy music and melodic vocals ...how DOES one describe the sound of Harmonious Wail?

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Trio Dinicu

Hailed as "dazzling" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Trio Dinicu combines the forces of three world class musicians - a lightning-fast violinist with touching expressivity, a virtuoso guitarist with gypsy authenticity and a legendary Parisian bassist with deep soul - who bridge the gaps of classical, jazz and folklore, expanding these genres as never before. Highly regarded for their unique creativity, Trio Dinicu blends the depth of classical training with the spontaneity of jazz and the excitement of the European folk tradition. They have performed for enthusiastic audiences across the United States and Canada at venues such as Djangofest Northwest in Washington and Music By The Sea at Bamfield in Canada, as well as on American National Public Radio. They have also engaged in performances for the underpriviledge in collaboration with the L.A. based musical activists from Street Symphony.   http://www.triodinicu.com

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