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A trip to Paris

RKatzRKatz London✭✭✭✭
edited September 2005 in Welcome Posts: 184
Just got back from a couple of days in Paris and thought I would write a quick report.

Arrived Wensday night and headed straight for Rue de la Maur to the Cafe Charmane where Sebastien Giniaux and Mathuie Chatalin have a regular spot. Sebastien played brilliently backed up by the tight, modern pomp of Mathuie, (who is a great arranger of tunes and who finds some amazing voicings for cords). Sebastien for those who don't know him is absolutly a rising star of the young Parisien scene (

The night became a jam session with Adrian (THE other rising star), myself and a plethora of great violinists sitting in. Later on Norig, the beautiful and increadible vocalist, got up and together with Sebastien, Mathuie, clarinettist and violinist, performed a repetoir of Balkan and Romanian songs with consumate proffenionalism, joined at every chorus by a young and vibrant audience in community sing song fashion, right out of an Emir Kusterichia film. Listen to the live recordings of Norigs gigs
on Sebastien's web site, you will find a whole concert of hers at the concerts page.

The next day I went to Francois Charles' shop in the GalleryVero, right near the Louvre. I bought a new book just out of a selection of Bireli solos from all three gypsy project albums (Micheal this is one for your on line store), and jammed with a couple of Parisen Guitarists of pretty good calabar. We played on Stephan Halls guitars. Just as I was leaving Moreno walked in, an air of sinti grace decended apon the place.

I then went to Adrian's appertment (for those of you who don't know him he is the young boy wonder from L'Ensemble Zaiti who headlined the international gypsy guitar festival in Gossington UK), we jammed for the rest of the afternoon and listened to a concert of Bireli's that he had recorded of the radio.

From there I went to a jam session host by Serge Kreif, which was pretty good, although a bit messy with loads of guitarists thrashing away with tone of enery, technique and matcho spirit but not leaving any room for elegance and art.

I bought the new Tchavalo Schmitt album the next morning before getting on the eurostar back to London, where word has it the Quecumbar is struggling and may not last till next year. Paris is where its at, can you belive I did't even manage to make it to the Angelo or Tchavalo concerts that where on whilst I was there. The Tchavalo album is amazing though and an absolute must.

I come away loaded with goodies and inspiration, Paris is the place to learn.


  • ClayClay Tulsa, OkNew
    Posts: 50
    Sounds fantastic man , way to go. I was surprised first of all that sebastian had a website , second that it was so well put together , and third the kind of music that he mainly has on there , it was great! Id love to see that group.
    I heard about bireli's book , and also that hes got a new dvd coming out next month? Nowhere in the states or online has the book yet as far as i know , sadly.
    any way i can get a hold of this bireli concert from the radio?
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 6,025
    Sounds like a great trip!

    I'm working on importing the Bireli book....

    The tchavolo CD is here: Tchavolo Schmitt: Loutcha
  • dennisdennis Montreal, QuebecModerator
    Posts: 2,150
    the samples on his website come from a CD compilation of all the unknown musicians from Paris (or a few of them anyway), it's a killer CD with a killer all-star jam version of Minor Swing
  • bbwood_98bbwood_98 Brooklyn, NyProdigy Vladimir music! Les Effes. . Its the best!
    Posts: 600
    robin, and guys,
    Wow man- that sounds great . . I wish I could go! (perhaps in jan . . . . ) The other samples Sebastien has are with norig, a great gypsy singer snd several of the people in her band are gypsy jazz players . . . . The Cd is great, and called the manouche collective (or somthing like that). It's really good!
    Michael, Get the book . . . the one sample I saw seems really on the money . . . So cool!
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