Hot Club d’Europe

© Hot Club d’Europe Olli Soikkeli © Claude Urbain © Hot Club d’Europe
18/01/2014 at 20:30 - Brussels - Les Riches-Claires
19/01/2014 at 15:00 - Antwerp - Rataplan
21/01/2014 at 12:15 - Kunsthumaniora Brussel - Chrysantenstraat 26 1020 Brussels (free)

Hot Club d’Europe
(Finland/The Netherlands)
Olli Soikelli: guitar
Paulus Schäfer: guitar
Arnoud Van Den Berg: double bass
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 Ollis main focus ever since. Soon Olli 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 Olli 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 Ollis' busiest so far.

Paulus Schäfer (born 1978) is today one of the most talented Gypsy Jazz guitarists of The Netherlands. Born into a Dutch Sinti (Gypsy) community he learned to play the guitar at a very early age. Besides listening to fellow Sinti and records of his idol Django Reinhardt, it was Wasso Grünholz – a legend within the Sinti community – and his nephew Stochelo Rosenberg from whom he learned the most.

Arnoud van den Berg (1971, the Netherlands) took up the electric bass guitar at the age of eleven. Ten years later he found his calling when he switched to upright bass. 

He studied jazz at the Conservatories in Enschede and Hilversum before hitting the road in 1997. 

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