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Djangofolllies 2015 © Jean-Luc Goffinet Olli Soikkeli © Jean-Luc Goffinet Paulus Schäfer © Jean-Luc Goffinet
24/01/2016 at 20:00 - Brussels - Le Montmartre
28/01/2016 at 20:15 - Leopoldsburg - Leopoldsburg CC
29/01/2016 at 20:15 - Mol - 't Getouw
30/01/2016 at 20:00 - Meise - de Muze van Meise
31/01/2016 at 20:00 - Ghent - de Centrale

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Olli Soikkeli: 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 from 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 - from whom he learned the most. After a short period of time, in which Paulus briefly took over the lead guitar of Jimmy Rosenberg in the Gipsy Kids, he formed the Paulus Schäfer Trio. Paulus has a particular sound, easy recognized, and although all Paulus’ albums are true to a distinctive Gipsy Swing Jazz sound; He is always looking for a new modern sound. Not only to broaden his own horizons, but also for a more representative Gipsy Jazz sound for the 21st century.

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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