The Romani guitarist and virtuoso Django Reinhardt, born in 1910, is seen as one of the great innovators of jazz in Europe. He is best known for his time as a member of the French Hot Quintet and their performance at the Hot Club in Paris.
This evening we get to hear Gustav Lundgren – one of the most celebrated gypsy jazz guitarists in the world – who takes us on a century-long journey from 1920s Paris via New York and Latin America and then lands in contemporary jazz guitar music. With him on stage, Gustav has the virtuoso Eva Slongo (Switzerland) on violin and vocals , Edouard Pennes (France) on guitar and Julia Hornung (Germany) on double bass. The focus is naturally on music written by guitar legend Django Reinhardt!
Gustav Lundgren was born in Stockholm in 1980 and made his first tour abroad already at the age of 19. He performed in 27 countries before turning 30. He has released more than 900 songs and his music has been streamed more than 100 million times. Guitar legends such as John Scofield, Mike Stern & George Benson have praised his guitar playing. Gustav has collaborated with Jimmy Rosenberg, Chris Cheek, Jorge Rossy, Noé Reinhardt, Doug Weiss, Antoine Boyer, The Swedish House Mafia & Anne Sofie von Otter, among others. He also founded the group Hot Club de Suede together with Andreas Öberg in 2001.
The project “Django Reinhardt Tribute” features the guitarist Edouard Pennes from Paris. Edouard has worked with some of the biggest names in gypsy jazz and swing such as: Tchavolo Schmitt, Angelo Debarre, Adrien Moignard, Sébastien Giniaux & Bastien Ribot. He has toured many countries including China, USA & Japan with various projects including his own group; RP Quartet.
Julia Hornung, who studied double bass at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, is undoubtedly one of the central figures in the renaissance of jazzmanouche (gypsy jazz) on the German music scene. In 2021 she was awarded the BMW Welt Young Artist Jazz Award.
Eva Slongo was born in Switzerland into a family of classical musicians. She first trained as a professional classical violinist before later moving to Paris and studying jazz violin with Didier Lockwood. Meanwhile in France she played with Biréli Lagrène, Wawau Adler, Sébastien Giniaux & Ninine Garcia. In 2011 she won the award for best improvisation at the Stéphane Grappelli International Violin Competition. In 2016, she received 2nd prize in the Golden Jazz Trophy with her quartet. Eva now lives in Valencia.
Gustav Lundgren – guitar (Sweden)
Eva Slongo – violin / vocals (Switzerland)
Edouard Pennes – guitar (France)
Julia Hornung – double bass (Germany)