Roby Lakatos & Biréli Lagrène

Roby Lakatos © Istvan Lajtos Biréli Lagrène ©
19/01/2016 at 20:00 - Brussels - Théâtre Marni SOLD OUT
27/01/2016 at 20:30 - Humbeek - CC Strombeek SOLD OUT
30/01/2016 at 20:30 - Namur - Maison de la Culture Tickets: 081/77 67 73

Roby Lakatos & Biréli Lagrène

a tribute to Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli
Roby Lakatos: violin; Biréli Lagrène: guitar; Vilmos Csikos: double bass; Renaud Crols: piano; Niek De Bruijn: drums.
Roby Lakatos and Biréli Lagrène had the opportunity to play several times together over the last twenty years. They will bring their unique forces together again in chemistry for an exceptional gypsy Jazz Tribute to the genius of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. The Belgian premiere of this brand new common project will be presented at the Djangofolllies 2016. For the first time ever, a CD/Blu-ray edition of both Roby Lakatos and Bireli Lagrène, revisiting classic jazz standards like Belleville, Nuages, Djangology, Troublant Boléro, etc., will be released in April 2016. Be sure not to miss this exciting and festive program with two living legends on stage!

Roby Lakatos (1965) was born into the legendary family of gypsy violinists descended from Janos Bihari, “King of Gypsy Violinists”. At age nine he made his public debut as first violin in a gypsy band. His musicianship evolved not only within his own family but also at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Budapest, where he won the first prize for classical violin in 1984. He has collaborated with Vadim Repin and Stéphane Grappelli, and his playing was greatly admired by Sir Yehudi Menuhin. Roby Lakatos is not only a scorching virtuoso, but a musician of extraordinary stylistic versatility. Equally comfortable performing classical music as he is playing jazz and his own Hungarian folk idiom, Lakatos is the rare musician who defies definition. He is referred to as a gypsy violinist or ‘devil’s fiddler’, a classical virtuoso, a jazz improviser, a composer and arranger, and a 19th-century throwback.

Biréli Lagrène (1966) was born in a traditional Manouche-Romani family and community and started playing the guitar at the age of four. When, at the age of eight, he covered Django Reinhardt’s repertoire, his relatives were already calling him a child prodigy. After having mastered the late great Django Reinhardt's Gypsy swing repertoire, the guitarist tried his hand at fusion jazz and rock. This exceptional and precocious talent took the jazz world by storm with his dazzling speed and phenomenal bursts of improvisation. Lagrène met some of the most distinguished jazz musicians on the international scene, such as Stéphane Grappelli, Benny Goodman, Benny Carter, Larry Coryell, Jaco Pastorius and Al Di Meola. Guitarists like Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Jimi Hendrix were his models. At once dynamic and lyrical, this sparkling musician is without a doubt one of the most prominent musicians of his generation.

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