Lollo Meier (guitar), Rares Morarescu (violin), Carlo Butera (rhythm guitar), Henry Schuler (double bass) & Bart Keltjens (drums)
Lollo Meier, the legendary Gypsy guitarist met Rares Morarescu, a violinist of Romanian origin, during a tour in the South of Italy. Thanks to their traditional and unique style, they give life to a surprising and joyful Gypsy jazz, defying a wide repertoire through the most popular Gypsy melodies and the finest compositions of the "impressionistic" period of Django Reinhardt (Porto Cabello, Noir et Blanc, Nymphéas, ...).
Lollo Meier and Rares Morarescu explore Gypsy jazz with a taste for swing phrasing and virtuosic improvisation. Their music is a journey through the "Belle Epoque", when Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, accompanied by the Hot Club of France, awed crowds around the world. The lyricism and the swing of Lollo Meier & Rares Morarescu are fabulous. This will no doubt be an absolutely memorable concert for fans of Djangos music.
Raised on Gypsy swing from an early age, Lollo Meier is a guitar master, composer, bandleader and arranger, Lollo comes from 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 thats traditional, melodious, lyrical, sensitive and joyful. His mellifluous compositions have a refreshing authentic Django flavor and are played with extraordinary talent, unique style and amazing suppleness that clearly reflects that he makes music he loves. His Quartet is sought after around the globe for private functions and renowned jazz festivals, famous for playing lesser known Django tunes and his own compositions. A man of style, grace and humor, Lollos pure melodious playing touches his audiences and makes Djangos music as fresh today as it was 80 years ago. As well as performing, he spends much of his time teaching sought-after master-classes, sharing his artistry and passing down Djangos legacy. A remarkable man, with a remarkable style of playing. 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, with honouree status and became part of the top 1.4% of entrants.
Violinist of Romanian origin, Bucharest, Rares Morarescu is one of the most extraordinary and surprising contemporary jazz violinists. A child prodigy, he began playing the violin at the age of 5 and, at the age of 14 years, he played on many international stages. In parallel, he performed with the Orchestra of the "Romanian Television Radio" as a violinist and participated in several productions of the orchestra of the Bucharest Opera and the big band "Rapsodia". In 1993 he moved to Italy where he worked with the most prestigious musical institutions and sets. With its sincere attachment and dedication to the Gypsy Tradition and the Swing of the Belle Epoque, he is considered a faithful disciple of the Grand Master Stéphane Grappelli.
Since the age of 12 years Carlo Butera devoted himself to studying the guitar and later began studying Harmony and the jazz language. It approached in 2000 about the Jazz Manouche learned during several trips to France (Samois sur Seine) and learning from the masters of the genre, later forms the ensemble "Hot String Quartet", the quartet performs in and around Sicily SOME local Jazz Festival. For a long time worked and played in Sicily and France with violinist Rares Morarescu together with whom he founded the Mediterranean gathering Manouche (www.radunomediterraneo.it). Since 2011 ado today the "manouche" rally hosts the most influential names in the World Gypsy Jazz scene (Lollo Meyer, Rares Morarescu, Stochelo Rosenberg, Paulus Shafer, Angelo Debarre and son). Over the years (and all 'now) always takes more often travel to Paris, Samois sur Seine, Bordeaux, Netherlands That will help him to understand more deeply the philosophy and Technical Aspects of Jazz Manouche style, he performs with local musicians Jazz Club and local entities taking part in numerous "Boeuf" concomitantly to more esponeti Jazz Manouche World. Played and has collaborated with many prominent musicians of the Sicilian landscape, the national and international.
Henry Schuler studied double bass at the Conservatory of Maastricht with Jacques Schols. He began playing the trumpet at the age of seven. He later switched to piano and guitar. At the age of 16, he changed his mind and started playing the bass guitar and finally the double bass. Henry likes a lot of different music styles. He played swing with Al Defino, bebop jazz with John Engels, blues with Lynwood Slim and even Mexican music with Carolina de Holanda.
Bart Keltjens has been fascinated by jazz music since his childhood which has led him to Lollo Meier. Something very different then Bart was accustomed to but just the gene for which he was looking.