Lollo Meier - Fapy Lafertin Quartet

© Hinrich Wulff Lollo Meier © Marco Alessandro Bocchino Fapy Lafertin © Hinrich Wulff
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Lollo Meier - Fapy Lafertin Quartet
(The Netherlands)
Lolo Meier (guitar), Fapy Lafertin (guitar), Henry Schuler (double bass) and Bram van Es (rhythm guitar).
Lollo Meier was raised on Gypsy swing from an early age. Lollo was born in an elite family of Gypsy players and is cousin to the great Fapy Lafertin and Stochelo Rosenberg. His goal: to carry on the music of Django, with a style and technique that’s traditional, melodious, lyrical, sensitive and joyful. His mellifluous compositions have a refreshing authentic Django flavour and are played with extraordinary talent, unique style and amazing suppleness that clearly reflects that he plays the music he loves. A man of style, grace and humour. Lollo’s pure melodious playing touches his audiences and makes Django’s music as fresh today as it was 80 years ago. Out of 15.000 world entries in the 2005 International Song Writing competition, Nashville USA, Lollo Meier became a finalist with Melody for Le QuecumBar. Lollo performs mainly with his own Quartet, but many international awarded musicians love to share the stage with this remarkable musician.

Fapy Lafertin is undoubtedly one of the most important and purest representatives of the Django style. Like Lolo Meier, Fapy grew up in a Manouche gypsy community. From a very young age he played all kinds of instruments, before making the guitar “his” instrument. He really started playing Hot Club de France repertoire with the Piotto orchestra. In the seventies and early eighties, he started the band Waso with Koen De Cauter, which was so successful, it popularized Django's Hot Club Jazz worldwide. After leaving the group he embarked on a solo career, playing with big bands and well-known jazzmen in England. In this period he also co-starred with renowned American jazz musicians: Charlie Byrd, Scott Hamilton, Al Casey, Benny Waters and Milt Hinton. He also teamed up with Stéphane Grappelli in Glasgow. Lafertin has as amazing guitar technique, but he always kept the melody in mind. He didn’t turn out to be a prisoner of the past, by following the Django style. On the contrary, he makes Django’s music sound more modern than ever before.

The CD "100 YEARS OF DJANGO REINHARDT SWING" is a tribute by these two true ambassadors of the heritage of Django Reinhardt. They manage to seduce the audiences all over the world with pure magic, love and dedication to Django’s music. By joining forces, these two cousins are adding a new fresh sounded chapter to the Reinhardt encyclopedia. Accompanied by a rhythm guitar and a double bass, these two skilled swing performers are illustrating the main events in Django’s life. More than ever, Django’s Hot Club Jazz means Hot!

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