The Belgian Gypsy Swing & Dorado Schmitt

© The Belgian Gypsy Swing Dorado Schmitt © Paul Mischkowitz Alexandre Cavaliere © Jean-Luc Goffinet © The Belgian Gypsy Swing
13/01/2017 at 20:00 - Boussu - Centre Culturel de Boussu
14/01/2017 at 20:30 - Brussels - La Tentation
15/01/2017 at 20:00 - Ghent - De Centrale
19/01/2017 at 20:00 - Courcelles - La Posterie in quartet, without Dorado Schmitt

The Belgian Gypsy Swing & Dorado Schmitt
Mario Cavaliere (guitar, vocals), Alexandre Cavaliere (violin), René De Smaele (trumpet, bugle, vocals), Bart De Nolf (double bass), Frédéric Guédon (guitar), René Sopa (accordion) - Special guest: Dorado Schmitt (guitar).
Trumpeter René De Smaele and and guitarist Mario Cavaliere share the same passion for the music of Django Reinhardt and Louis Armstrong, for Swing and the music of the thirties. Together, they put a surprisingly original mix of gypsy jazz 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. René and Mario who have been performing for several years together now, will be accompanied by Mario’s son, violinist Alexandre Cavaliere.

For the Djangofolllies, they are proud to invite their friend, the well-known French composer, violinist and guitarist Dorado Schmitt. Dorado, considered one of the great stars of gypsy jazz, contributed to the development of a universal artistic heritage: some of his works have become standards in the world of jazz.

No one has done more to ignite contemporary interest in the idiom than Dorado Schmitt. Born to gypsy parents near the German border in Lorraine, France, Dorado was weaned on traditional Roma music and gypsy jazz. He rebelled as a teenager by taking up electric guitar and emulating Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. Schmitt started visiting the United States in 2002 and has become a star attraction at major festivals. He has stolen the show at several of the annual Django Reinhardt New York Festivals at Birdland, and his legendary status has earned him the role of ambassador to the jazz world, performing alongside Oscar Peterson, Paquito D’Rivera, George Benson and James Carter. He now stands as one of the most respected and in-demand gypsy jazz artists in the world. Against the tide of fashion and show business pressures, his kindness and natural voice bring pride to the gypsy community.

Three guitars, a violin, a double bass, 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.
Press Quotes:
‘Gypsy jazz at its finest.’ — International Review of Music
‘Mr. Schmitt has the springy phrasing and effusive flow of a Djangoloist; he’s clearly born to the style.’ — The New York Times
‘... lightning-fast finger work, powerful strumming, wild sweeps across the fingerboard and astonishingly fast tempos.’ — Los Angeles Times

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