Gypsy Flames Quartet

Mario Cavaliere © René De Smaele © Frédéric Guédon © René Van de Poel René Sopa © René Van de Poel
20/01/2016 at 21:00 - Liège - Jacques Pelzer Jazz Club
22/01/2016 at 20:00 - Verviers - Maison de Jeunes des Récollets
29/01/2016 at 21:00 - Comines - Open Music
30/01/2016 at 21:00 - Belsele - 't Ey

Gypsy Flames Quartet
Mario Cavaliere: guitar, vocals
René De Smaele: trumpet, bugle, vocals
René Sopa: accordion
Frédéric Guédon: guitar
This band was born from the encounter of two musicians, René De Smaele and Mario Cavaliere, who share the same passion for the music of Django Reinhardt and Louis Armstrong, for Swing and the music of the thirties. They started this project because they wanted to bring together Gipsy Swing and classical Jazz. It is fact that very few trumpet players are able to play Django’s music properly, because his pitches and rhythms are very unusual for brass players.

Mario Cavaliere and his band Jazzy Strings have toured all over Europe and shared the stage with Gipsy Swing grandmasters like Dorado Schmitt, Angelo Debarre and many others.

René De Smaele and his band Buster & the Swing have been hitting the road for about twenty years now, but René himself has also turned his hand to other styles of music: folk (Rum, Machitun de Chile), boogie (Renaud Patigny), modern jazz (Act Big Band, Belgian Trumpet Combination, Jazz Migrators…), popular music (Julos Beaucarne).

Frédéric Guédon originates from the Auvergne in France. He has been touring for many years on the Gipsy Swing circuit in France and had the opportunity to play with grandmasters of the style. Today he performs regularly with Christophe Astolfi, but you can also find him in a number of Belgian bands.

The French accordionist of Portuguese origin, René Sopa, combines Latin rhythms with waltzes, jazz, milonga and choro in a unique way. He has performed at prestigious festivals with his own band and has shared the stage with talented artists such as Christian Escoudé, Angelo Debarre, Dorado and Samson Schmitt, Dino Mehrstein and Stéfan Patry.

Two guitars, an accordion, a trumpet and a bunch of mutes, vocals, sparkling scats and a soupçon of percussion: these are the ingredients to make this program very eclectic and exciting at the same time.  

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