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Hot Club d’Europe @ The Victoria Django Festival Canada
13 February, 2016 @ 21:30 - 22:30
Talented solo guitarists Paulus Schäfer and Olli Soikkeli both are frequently asked musicians that have performed throughout Europa and the USA. In the year 2012 they teamed up with bass player Arnoud van den Berg to form a new band: Hot Club d’Europe. This wonderful combination created a highly inspiring performance of the gipsy jazz repertoire. Paulus Schäfer, heir of a famous musical family, is a big name in the gipsy jazz world, famous for his fresh and pure style and unprecedented nimble-fingeredness. Colleague Olli Soikkeli is a riveting Finnish guitarist known for his astonishing dexterity and speed presenting the soul of Django Reinhardt’s music in his own great way. Arnoud van den Berg has a long career in music, starting in blues and rock. He discovered the music of Django around 2000 and has since then teamed up with some of the most famous gipsy jazz musicians such as Jimmy Rosenberg and Robin Nolan. His play is characterized by creativity and sensibility brought with groove and swing. These three masters together form the inspiring Hot Club d’Europe. Their original interpretations of classic songs and own creative compositions are brought by them in a unique vibrantly swinging way. Their truly great mastery of jazz music had been proven by their album ‘Kouvola Junction’, an honest direct live recording without any corrections, a fantastic pure gipsy jazz document. A new album is coming soon!