Paulus Schäfer

Paulus Schäfer is one of the most talented Gypsy Jazz guitarists of our time. Born into the Dutch Sinti community, he learned to play guitar at an early age, including from Waso Grünholz, a legend within the Sinti community, who encouraged him to develop his own sound.

Globally, Paulus is in high demand as a guitarist and has played at many important venues and jazz festivals; from Carnegie Hall and Royal Opera House Mumbai to the Bimhuis and Jazz Dock Prague, and many jazz festivals such as Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Amersfoort World Jazz Festival, Jazz in Duketown, Daejon International Guitar Festival, Breda Jazz, etc.. 

Typical of Paulus is his very broad musical interests, and he plays in a number of diverse formations. Since his acquaintance in 2014 with virtuoso accordionist Dominique Paats, he regularly performs with him as a duo (in 2023 e.g. a successful tour of many Dutch theatres under the name Sous le Ciel de Paris). Paulus also has particularly beautiful compositions of his own to his name, and on his successful album Letter to Vincent Van Gogh, he plays them together with Tcha Limberger and top pianist Peter Beets, among others. Among other things, a major tour of over 20 Dutch theatres is booked for 2024 with The Five Great Guitars.

Together with guitarist Joost Zoeteman, Paulus clearly shows that he also likes to play other styles within jazz music, and he has played with many great musicians such as Stochelo Rosenberg, Bireli Lagrene, Jan Akkerman, Antoine Boyer, Martin Taylor and Fapy Lafertin.
Paulus Schäfer; a phenomenal guitarist with an unprecedented improvisational ability, always seeking innovation together with other top musicians, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

As a representative of the Dutch School, Paulus Schäfer has a specific, recognisable and catchy sound: always swinging gipsy jazz. Moreover, he is constantly searching for an innovative and modern sound. "His singing tone, fearsome technique and well-balanced solos". For this, he received an award from the International Guitar Festival 'The World of Guitar' on 30 May 2013 for his "special contribution to contemporary development of Gypsy Jazz".

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