Jazz au théatre

2019 Luthiers

« For many years now, the festival has helped young talents and new groups to show their project on the Instrument Makers’ Village stage. This springboard was created to highlight the new promising kids on the block, so they could play between the concerts of the main stage: a showcase offering to those bands a good exposure, and offering to one of them the chance to play on the main stage the next year! You will discover during 4 days about 15 of those new talents, who will be accompanied by a high qualified rhythmic section.

This event is supported by the string maker Savarez, and the bars La Taverne de Cluny and Aux Petits Joueurs (both Parisian jazz clubs displaying those groups in their programming all year long).»

The Instrument Makers are the soul of the festival and once again this year 17 of them will do us the honor to being presents in the Instrument Makers’ Village. They have been providing a strong and sincere support to the festival for 50 years !
Discover, in this real dedicated space to the Gypsy Jazz, these enthusiastic people, who are delighted to share their know-how and their music. Professional musician or amateur, your are welcome to discuss, share and play music !

After ten years of experience in the guitar-making craft, Gérard Alonso and Fabian le Dosseur created together the Alonso – le Dosseur workshop. They both studied at the Guild Hall University of London. Both are guitar-making and gypsy jazz lovers, which is why they decided to reproduce the Django Reinhardt’s famous guitar.

17 quai Gustave Flaubert 76380 Croisset    –    Phone : +33 2 35 08 18 22    –    info@aldguitares.com

AJL Guitars are handmade and first class gypsy guitars, famous and sold around the world. They are made according to a traditional craft in Europe with European timbers by the Master guitar-maker Ari-Jukka Luomaranta. His XO model is famous for being the closest to the Selmer guitars. He also uses new technologies and research to recreate the same molecular structure as the one of old wood. AJ also has expertise in Brazilian rosewood (Rio rosewood). The timbers used and coming from the pre-convention stocks are approved by the CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), and a CITES certificate is given with each Brazilian rosewood guitar sold.

AJ makes :

▸ Rosette style Selmer models 14 et 12 fret
▸ D-Rosette style Maccaferri models 12 & 14 fret, also with résonator.
▸ Modèles Gypsy-Fire (Taille Favino) ovale & D-Rosette
▸ 17 “Archtop
▸ 19 “Master 400 archtop.
▸ “Swingmaster” handmade microphones

AJ also produces tours, concerts and C.Ds with Europeans gypsy guitar players and his own band Hot club de Finlande. He’s been touring throughout Europe for a while now.

Korpintie 61, 67600 Kokkola, Finland    –    Phone : +358 40 5071383   –   aj@ajl-guitars.com

It’s in the middle of the vineyards of Frontonnais, in Haute-Garonne, that the guitar making workshop Echo of Artists established itself.

Three enthusiasts decided to work together, and dedicate their expertise to musical instruments making, endowed with exceptional acoustic qualities, a maximum of stability, and a comfort of play which will mix your inspiration to the acoustic power and character of our guitars.

We select our wood in places the most convenient to guitar making, whether it is from Canada or Europe, the purpose being the combination of the esthetics of essences to the acoustic quality which we value.

We have adapted our guitars with “Sound Port”, which is an opening on splint to take fully advantage of the acoustic qualities while protecting the projection of the instrument due to a barrier planned for that purpose.

Guitars, guitars and … more guitars.
I will be there and so will you, what more can we say, come to try them!

FB Lutherie -Ancienne école 11240 Monthaut  – Phone –  07 77 04 02 10 – fblutherie@gmail.com –  http://www.fblutherie.com/ www.facebook.com/francoisbaudemont

“What if the work accomplished until now had been done only to serve the technique… to abolish its ties, yes, but… the matter remains subtle, and only reveals itself when touched, smelled and felt. Through the smell, the eyes, with the hands, and then the ears as a final judge. It is necessary to stay sharp in order to create this precious alchemy, to merge the senses… Then may we hope that this surprising mixing will give tangible form to the imagined instrument .”

284, Route de la Frette 38510 Saint-Sorlin de Morestel    –    Mobile : 06 03 32 58 69   –    Phone : 04 74 88 02 74


Morgan Jordan Fleta, stringed-instrument maker of the String quartet, settled his workshop in Fontainebleau in 2013. After a 3 year-training at the Newark Violin School in England and obtaining of his diploma, he worked with several stringed-instrument makers. An enriching 5 year experience within a workshop on rue de Rome in Paris consolidates his career and his wish to create a new business start-up. String-instrument maker of “closeness”, he offers complete services for all musicians of the String quartet: manufacturing, restoration, maintenance, regulations, sale and rent … The Jordan Fleta workshop also offers advice and services for the musician and the instrument.

10 rue François Millet / 77300 Fontainebleau – / jordanfleta.luthier@gmail.com


“The magic happens through meetings…”

Philippe Cattiaux settled down in the Dordogne region and opened his guitar-making workshop in 2012, after many years of experience in France and abroad. His instruments are the result of a long and meticulous search, and a continuous quest to optimise the quality of the sound of his creations.

“I will be on the island for the third consecutive year. I can’t wait to share with you my latest creations! “

24150 Couze Saint Front  –   Mobile : +33 (0)6 37 02 29 11 – Phone : +33 (0)5 53 23 85 44


Guitars for Sir, violins for Madam …

Present at the festival since 2009, Yohann and Laëtitia Cholet make and restore in by hand and in the respect of traditions.

Both graduated with high regards from the “Newark and Sherwood” School (United Kingdom) in 2005. They opened their workshop in 2008 and build up a reputation based on the respect of the musicians’ wishes and their demand for high quality.

Yohann et Laëtitia Cholet – 7 rue du Bignon 72310 La Chapelle Gaugain  – Phone – 02 43 35 05 08/06 73 04 62 30 – contact@ylcholet-luthier.com http://www.ylcholet-luthier.com

Luthier, settled in Brittany since 2013, Florian Jégu specializes in steel string guitars, they are folk or gypsy jazz. If they interest you, it is with pleasure that he will welcome you on his booth to try them !

Florian Jégu Luthier guitare – Bel Air -35370 Saint Germain du Pinel – 02 99 96 52 50 / 06 19 08 11 46

Based since 2006 in Valence en Brie, a small village near Samois-sur-Seine, Cyril Gaffiero is specialized in the manufacture, repair and setting of Selmer type jazz guitars. Passionate about music since childhood, he grew up listening to his father’s Django Reinhardt vinyl records, and then he started playing guitar as a teenager. He begins to modify, dismantle, customize his first guitars. His meeting with gypsy jazz guitarists in 2003 gave him the desire to make his first manouche guitar, then to create his own violin lutherie shop. Now, Cyril designs guitars in the tradition of Selmer guitars, while wanting to make unique instruments in their design and their sound, by varying the wood species used, and the manufacturing techniques, and especially listen the needs of musicians. Since 2014, he collaborates with the Manouchepicks pickers who will also be present on his stand.

Cyril Gaffiero  – 15 rue Emile Parquet, Valence en Brie    –    Phone    –    06 21 38 00 30    –    contact@cyrilgaffiero.fr   –    http://www.cyrilgaffiero.fr

Passionated by music since his early years, the discovery of the lutherie universe was a real life changing experience  for Francois Druet. After learning this art at the International Lutherie School of Antwerpen in Belgium, he learned from Thomas Féjoz during 4years in his  workshop located in the Est of France. He is now located in Jura, at Arbois and specialized himself in the jazz guitar manufacturing.
Bringing a modern vision with traditional techniques, he is very careful about the raw materials used, and all the manufacturing process.
It’s with a great pleasure that he will welcome you at his booth to discover his beloved creations !

Atelier de lutherie François Druet –  11, rue de l’hôpital 39600 Arbois Jura, FRANCE – contact@francoisdruet.com  –   +33 (0)   –  http://francoisdruet.com/?page_id=15

It is always with this inexhaustible knowledge and experience that Antoine makes the quality of his instruments evolve.  Antoine makes guitars of different styles, Jazz, Blues, Folk, … guided by the music, lutherie and these few words: “The emotion of the wood, expression of the senses”.

Lutherie Antoine Prabel – 51k chemin de maintenue, 69650 St Germain au mont d’or – tel: 06 64 00 19 99 – mail: antoine.prabel@gmail.com  – Site: https://www.antoine-prabel.fr/

In the small village of Brax, located at 15km west from Toulouse, Steven and Philippe Jammes have created a lutherie workshop dedicated to the guitar. It carries out all maintenance work, repairs on guitars and acoustic or electric basses. They market under the Wolf Guitars brand, or in their own name 100% electric, acoustic guitars (classical and folks) and bass guitars. The lutherie is the art of giving life to pieces of inert wood. It takes a lot of work and humility. They strive …

Wolf Guitars –  35 rue de Laspiacères 31490 Brax – Steven, lutherie acoustique : ; Philippe, lutherie électrique : – Mail : wolf.lutherie@gmail.com

Located near Avignon, always observing the sky and the trees since his youth, listening to their music it is quite naturally that Pierre Chardonnet found himself to play with pieces of wood, continuing his way to become luthier …. He is a sensitive and passionate craftsman. It is with the greatest respect of the woods that creates generous guitars that will make everyone swing !

Pierre Chardonnet- 38 rt de Sainte Cécile, 84830 sérignan du comtat, France – atelier.luthier@gmail.com – 06 19 20 16 09

Located in the north of Burgundy in Nailly (89100), one hour from Paris, the workshop VDA Lutherie offers a range of electric and acoustic guitars and basses.

The different design are adaptable to the tastes and needs of the musicians, and can be modified  to meet the wishes of sound and aesthetics of the musicians. 

DAVID – VDA PARTS & WOODS – 48 rue du puits de gy 89100 Nailly, France – TEL : – www.vda-lutherie.com

Tribal Sounds is a world music instrument maker and especially Tongue Drum: a metal, percussive and melodic instrument, with soft and sensual tones which we call Zagdrum.  You can discover the Zagdrum here : www.zagdrum.com. But also many sound oddities of tribal or ethnic connotations, found at craftsmen of diverse regions of the globe.  I invite you to come, observe, listen and try traditional and atypical instruments such as:

– Didgeridoo, a very old wind instrument of Australian aboriginal origin.

And many other curiosities of any horizon, such as a thunder box, a nose whistle from Amazonia, a Bérimbao, rainstiks, the Hand pan…

As musician, Johann had the opportunity to desmonstrate on stage many of these instruments in all of France and parts of Europe, and to intervene in the musical awakening of young ones, that is why he attaches a lot of importance to the good fonctioning of every instrument that he presents, whatever its price or its origin!

Whether you are an amateur, a professional, a music therapist or simply curious … Welcome!

Johann / Tribal Sounds / Zagdrum    –     5 rue Moque Souris 77760 URY   

Phone : +33 6 87 99 93 85

William sells instruments coming from all around the world, most of them are ethnic and traditional instruments. He has a 250 references from about 50 countries of the 5 continents. String instruments, percussions, wind instruments, from the Brazilian berimbao to the Bolivian charango, from the Ghanian kplango to the Trinidadian steel drum, from the Vietnamese pi-joon flute to the Tibetan horn.

He is always looking for new instruments and old pieces to refurbish, his first goal when he travels has always been to discover uncommon and traditional instruments of the region he is visiting.

he developed an important network in the world of ethnic instrument making, which enables him to display new treasures every year. 
Children, adults, professionals, amateurs: everyone is welcome to visit his interactive shop and to marvel at his instruments. And of course, to try them with respect.

Wago Percussion – Le Bourg 81330 Lacaze    –  Phone : +33 (06) 22 85 13 24 –   wagof2002@yahoo.fr – http://wagof2002.wixsite.com

RMacoustics company stands for handcrafted pickups, microphones and acoustic preamplifiers, all targeted to the amplification of acoustic instruments’ sound. Instruments as classic and acoustic guitar, violin, flute, cello, bouzouki, etc.

RMacoustics is a company of musicians, who design products for musicians and that is a really great asset, inspiring deep respect among their customers, because they are in position to completely understand their particular “on stage” needs.

RIGAS MAKROPOULOS – RM acoustics- RMacoustics PC, 14 Smirnis Str.  P.O. 41500, Larissa, Greece – TEL :+30 6944443807 – mail: info@rmacoustics.com

Daniel Patin created these ergonomic mediators, originally, to overcome a handicap of his right hand. after a few tries, he finally found a shape which confers an outfit in exceptional, confirmed by many guitarists.

They are made of different materials: metal (bronze, solid silver, chrome, titanium), in natural materials: the series Natural wood, vegetable ivory, and there are models for left-handed people.

The “Synthèse” series includes acetate and Paperstone, they are ecological material as well as Delrin (c), carbon fiber and Celeron.

Every guitarist will be able to find his perfect mediator, whatever their style is (folk, rock, jazz, gypsy …). All the mediators are made by local craftsmen. In addition, it distributes the Krivo Nuevo pickups, single and double coil magnetic pickups for gypsy and acoustic guitars.

Daniel Patin – 5, rue Jules Massenet, 42300 Roanne – tel: 09 73 23 21 60 – mail: daniel@mediators-le-niglo.fr – Site: https://mediators-le-niglo.fr/

Vasilis is a musician and guitar maker born in Heraklion, Crete ,Greece.

From an early age he was taught to play Cretan Lute and soon started performing profesionally.

At the same time he began experimenting with the construction of traditional and folk instruments such as Mandolin, Lute and Bouzouki.

His love for the sound of the guitar led him to start manufacturing classical , acoustic and gypsy guitars twenty five years ago.

He exhibited and given prizes in major festivals such as: Djangofest Athens Gypsy Jazz Festival,Volos International Guitar Festival, Greece, Forum Gitarre Vienna, Austria, Guitar Art Festival, Serbia.

Finally, many well known guitarists trust and perform with his guitars such as Costas Cotsiolis,Thanos Mitsalas, Yorgos Nousis , Vasilis Canaras, Thomas Athanaselos , Jim Politis ,Mike Skinner and other.

Vasilis SIGLETOS – Ioani Alevra 3071410 Heraklion, Crete Greece – sigletosguitars@gmail.com – TEL : – https://www.sigletosguitars.info/ 

It is in AYRON a few kilometers from Poitiers that Philippe Marceau exercises his activity. It consists of the manufacture, repair and restoration of guitars, mandolins and other plucked instruments. His past experiences in various work fields are fully exploited, including the varnishing and the application of specific colors such as Candy or Sunburst.

GMP – MARCEAU Philippe – 7, rue de l’Ancienne Poste, 86190 AYRON – 06 11 19 31 24 – philippe-marceau@laposte.net

Marco La Manna is a luthier graduated from the civic school of violin making in Milan. He currently lives and works in the province of Cremona, the country of the Italian violin making, where his workshop is located in a former water mill. The main activity of his workshop is dedicated to the manufacturing and maintenance of gipsy, acoustic and jazz guitar, but also all other plucked instruments. He gives life to classic and also more personal models: Small Mouth, Grand Mouth, Custom Models, Archtop Guitar. His work as a luthier plays a fundamental role in the artistic life of a musician.

Marco La Manna Guitars – Dovera, Cremona – +393470882722 – info@marcolamannaguitars.com