Featured tutors 2019:
Gismo Graf – video
Gismo Graf, Sinti gypsy guitarist from Germany, is topping the bill – a Holland premiere! The busiest young gypsy jazz player in the world with a comtemporary approach. The shooting star of gypsy swing, Gismo presents his latest album “Modus Vivendi”. Those who followed the steep rise of the 25-year old Stuttgarter already know that this oevre is not just another assortment of breakneck variations of Django Reinhardt’s music. We are looking forward to hearing his views on the style in this years camp.
Mathias Lévy – video
Violin player Mathias Lévy released his first album “Playtime” in 2013, on the JMS quartet label with Sébastien Giniaux (guitar), Matyas Szandaï (double bass), Jérémie Pontier (keyboard, percussion) and Emmanuel Bex as guest. He also participates in many projects: Biréli Lagrène, Emmanuel Bex, Grégory Privat, Gilles Naturel, Vincent Peirani, Adrien Moignard. He also played and composed for the theater (Alain Sachs, Michel Didim, Nora Krief, Valere Novarina) and for cinema (“Empire of the wolves”, “Freedom” by Tony Gatlif, “Open Skies” by Mariana Otero).
Alexandre Tripodi – video As a violin and viola jazz player, Alexandre Tripodi is a well-known figure in Belgium. He regurlarly plays with Tcha Limberger (Les Violons de Bruxelles), Fapy Lafertin, Renaud Dardenne and many others. He’s got a lot experience teaching jazz workshops in the last 10 years (Akdt in Belgium, Gaume Jazz Festival Workshop in Belgium), Django in June in the US and developed an adaptive pedagogy satisfying enthousiast amateurs aswell professionnal violonists who want to learn improvisation. On top of melodic and stylistic considerations, harmonics concepts will be approached by learning creative ways to accompany on the violin (plucked chords, double stops,….) thus leading to a more practical knowledge, easily applicable in one’s musical journey, even beyond jazz.
Thomas Baggerman – video
A Grappelli-Django Camp veteran, Thomas returns for this 10th Anniversary edition. His group has established itself as one of the go-to guitar trios with performances at Samois, Augsburg, Liberchies and Hildesheim. Songs from their collaboration Eva sur Seine made it into the standard repertoire. Thomas is the real deal and will be sharing generously his experiences in the new Dutch style of The Rosenberg Trio and Jimmy Rosenberg.
Max Bédouelle – video
Max Bédouelle travelled between classical, bebop and electro, when he finally found love in Gypsy Jazz. That’s when he decided to learn from the best, Tim Klipuis and Florin Niculescu. He now records and plays on French and international stages. Among his concerts he appeared in Asia, Africa and the US. He has worked with Thomas Baggerman extensively and the two will share their music with us generously.
Roy Percy – video
His bass sound is rooted in Hot Club, Swing and New Orleans styles, bringing raw street rhythms into Django’s sound. He has worked with top gypsy guitarists Fapy Lafertin, Paulus Schäfer and Nous’che Rosenberg, and is a member of the Tim Kliphuis Trio. Roy has supported American jazz icons Duke Heitger, Marty Grosz and Evan Christopher.
Tim Kliphuis – video
Award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis breathes new life into existing styles with a high-energy blend of classical, gypsy jazz and folk music. His gypsy jazz career took off with Fapy Lafertin, Angelo Debarre and the Rosenberg Trio and established him as one of the top names worldwide. He has shared the stage with legends Frankie Gavin, Richard Galliano and Les Paul and written the definitive tuition books for GJ violin.
Karin van Kooten – video
Karin van Kooten is a classically trained but broadly oriented improvising violinist with a great love for swing, performing in many styles like classical, jazz, gipsy and folk music. After taking lessons with Oene van Geel and Tim Kliphuis, she found her home in Paris, where during two years she was taught by Didier Lockwood. She has performed with Pigalle 44 and is a member of the North Sea String Quartet.
Reinier Voet – video
A central source of inspiration for Reinier’s playing is Django Reinhardt although more modern guitarists like Jim Hall, Jimmy Raney, Pat Martino, the Frenchman Boulou Ferre and Eastern European (gypsy-) music have also been a big influence. Having supported Fapy Lafertin and Jimmy Rosenberg for years, currently his main project is Reinier Voet & Pigalle44.