As the railyard bled into dark warehouses, the stranger found himself alone. Street after street he walked with night taking control of his senses until his ears perked at the music of sirens. The dulcet tones of violin, bass, and the female voice spiraled through the darkness from the sole source of warmth in sight. Helplessly drawn in, he found the last lit trailer in camp that seemed to have sprung forth from another time, and there--in the form of three women--was both the past and the future in one. chicagogypsyjazz.comView details
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.
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.
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.View details
The group plays the 1930s-style music of guitarist Django Reinhardt -- foot-tappin' swing played on acoustic instruments. It's a blend of the jubilant swing of early jazz with the feisty passion of gypsy music, plus a strong dose of guitar pyrotechnics and virtuosic improvisation.
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