XXVI International Jazz & Blues Festival
From France: Sébastien Giniaux and Joris Viquesnel
Fri, Mar 20, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
Mesones 82, Centro
400, 300, and 200 pesos
Sale at: Ángela Peralta Theater box office
By Antonio Lozoya
Gypsy jazz (also known as “Gypsy Swing”) is a style of jazz framed within Swing. The expression seems to have been coined by guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930s. Since the origins are largely French, the term for which it is known in France is also used, as “Jazz manouche,” or alternatively “manouche jazz” even in English-language sources. Django was the most important of a group of Gypsy guitarists from the Paris area who performed between the 1930s and 1950s.
“Sébastien Giniaux is one of the greatest young guitarists in this style in Paris, and therefore probably one of the best in the world. I’d be hard pressed to think of any world-class guitarist of any style that wouldn’t be blown away by his virtuosic technique and endless improvisational ideas.”—Mission Mission
French guitarist Sébastien Giniaux is one of the most renowned guitar players from the new generation of musicians inspired by Django Reinhardt. Born in 1981, he is also a cellist, painter, and composer, and he plays with many different bands, in many different musical genres: jazz, Gypsy jazz, Balkan music, music from West Africa, and more. Sébastien is a very open-minded musician. He has toured the globe with many of the world’s greatest artists, such as Biréli Lagrène, Taraf de Haidouks, Cherif Soumano, Richard Galliano, Didier Lockwood, etc.
From the 2000s he worked as a musician, composer and arranger with several jazz, folk, and world music formations such as Norig, Selmer 607 (including Rocky Gresset, Adrien Moignard), Balkan Project, Taraf de Haïdouks (album Maškaradă, 2007), and Caravan Palace (album of the same name in 2008), in early 2010 also with the singer Teofilo Chantre (MeStissage, 2011) and with the singer Irina Björklund (“La vie est une fête,” 2014). Currently (2017) he leads a sextet entitled Mélodie des choses, with Joris Viquesnel (guitar), Jérémie Arranger (Double bass), Mathias Levy (violin), Chérif Soumano (kora), and Mihaï Trestian (cymbalum). He also worked as a cellist with guitarist David Reinhardt, grandson of Django Reinhardt (The Way of Heart, 2008), and singer Lemmy Constantine (In Difference, 2009).
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