This gifted musician started performing at the age of eleven. Originally from Haute-Savoie, he made his debut in music by learning clarinet. Despite his piano lessons at the Geneva Conservatory and those with his accordion teacher, his learning and experience are rather self-taught. A few years later, settling in Paris, he is noticed by jazz musicians from the French scene like Louis Winsberg or Jean-Marc Jafet who brought him in their respective group.
His talents as a composer and renowned melodist led him to write for the image, the show and the song, especially for Claude Nougaro, Richard Bona and Grand Corps Malade. He founded his own jazz band and his first album “Les Couleurs d’ici” (1998). Named for the Django d’Or, his two albums “Jazz / No Jazz” Volume 1 & Volume 2 (2004) reveal him the bearer of originality and unusual musicality.
Last album release : Le Bal des Mondes (2018) / Sous la Ville
Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist, mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, to forge his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz.
Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television.
Just 30 years old,Gonzalo has toured worldwide with John Jorgenson Quintet, as well as performed and recorded with hundreds of artists including Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicksand The Hot Licks, Howard Alden and more.
The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet (GBQ) explores a modern variant of the 1930s Django Reinhardt-inspired sound. The Quartet’s first CD, Porteña Soledad, was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a “masterpiece.” The music is heavily influenced by DjangoReinhardt and the Hot Club of France, as well as the traditional jazz and music of Bergara’s true home, Buenos Aires.”Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious….and deeply moving.”
Last album release : Claroscuro (2016)
Born in Beirut in 1980, Ibrahim Maalouf is now the most popular musician in the French music scene. His work of intermingling of genres has been recognized all over the world for more than ten years.
As a teenager, Ibrahim arrived at the top of the world’s greatest international competitions and began a career as a classical soloist, but from the years 2000, spotted for his ability to color the musics of his improvisations, he became indispensable As much in pop, jazz as in the field of music called “The World”. Sting, Sadi Keita, Amadou & Mariam, Tryo, Matthieu Chédid, Lhasa de Sela and many artists of very varied styles appeal to him.
Dernier Album : Levantine Symphony No. 1 (2018) / Universal Music Distribution deal
Flamboyant brass, vivid percussion, virtuoso accordion, sweet and racy voice! Here is the Haïdouti Orkestar team, which has been wandering for twelve years on the borders of the Balkans, Turkey and the East.
Result of a surprising crossing of French, Greek, Bulgarian, Turkish and Gypsy musicians from Serbia, the Haïdouti shares his love for the music of peoples, sailing between Kurdish, Azeri, Armenian but also Gypsy and Syro-Lebanese songs. Their fourth album is the fruit of this musical babel forged through encounters and journeys to the borders of East and West.
With its notoriety, the Haïdouti Orkestar consolidates its role of ambassador of French diversity.
Last release : Babel Connexion (2017) / Tchekchouka /L’Autre Distribution
“After almost 10 years of collaboration, I wanted to make this little summer tour with Haïdouti Orkestar, composed of musicians coming from all over Europe. Eastern Europe, North Africa, Northern Europe, Andalusia, Middle East, etc. ”
– Ibrahim Maalouf