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We are proud to celebrate our 22nd year of touring the US. For 2022, we are bringing back three of the guitarists from the COVID-postponed 2021 lineup: Lulo Reinhardt, Germany’s Latin Swing master; contemporary classical guitarist Stephanie Jones from Australia and two-hand “tapper” Alexander Misko from Russia, along with the brilliant Italian jazz guitarist and vocalist Eleanora “Lele” Strino.
Stephanie Jones is an active soloist and chamber musician who is currently based in Germany. She has recently finished her Masters and is currently studying a Konzertexamen in Classical Guitar Performance with Thomas Müller-Pering at the prestigious University of Music Franz Liszt.
Stephanie won first prize in both the Uppsala International Guitar Festival Competition and the Hannabach Guitar Competition. She was also a finalist in the Deutscher Gitarrenpries and the Salzburg International Guitar Festival. In 2014, through the Fine Music Network National Competition, Stephanie was awarded the Young Virtuoso of the Year. In 2012, Stephanie competed in the prestigious Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition and subsequently won second prize.
Stephanie has performed extensively around the globe, being invited to a number of festivals and concert series. She has also released two albums, “Colours of Spain” (2015), and “Bach, the Fly, and the Microphone” (2009). Stephanie is also a member of the renowned Weimar Guitar Quartet, this year releasing their debut album. Stephanie is passionate about sharing her music with others and is recognized as an innovative and deeply musical artist.
Alexandr Misko is a dazzling new breed of modern fingerstyle guitarist. The 21-year-old Russian already plays concerts all over the world and has often appeared on television in his homeland and other countries.
With an organic approach, Misko’s work has been viewed over 200 million times on video platforms and has amassed more than 1 million followers of his music. In 2018, Alexandr was named the “Guitarist of the Year” at the prestigious UK Guitar Show. He has played notable concerts with fingerstyle legends including Jon Gomm, Mike Dawes, Luca Stricagnoli and many others in his global tours.
Alexandr Misko is a young musician, composer and arranger from Russia, who has received world wide fame thanks to YouTube. In 2015 his video with an original tune “Guitar & Pen Tapping Song” quickly gained over a million views, which was the reason for inviting him to appear on the well-known Russian analog of an American TV talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”.
In January 2017 Alexandr Misko’s video cover of Michael Jackson’s song “Billie Jean” got over 33 million views on Facebook, which was the first big step to enter the world guitar scene and allowed him to perform on the same stage at the Guitar Summit showcase in Germany with such outstanding guitar players as Jon Gomm, Guthrie Govan, Tobias Rauscher, Maneli Jamal.
In December 2017 Alexandr released his second album “Beyond The Box” and the very first single from the recording (“Careless Whisper” by George Michael) gained more than 80,000,000 views within a month on Facebook and YouTube accumulated.
The number of Alexandr’s subscribers on his YouTube channel is growing exponentially, now it’s more than 500.000.
Alexandr’s music story is amazing and simple at the same time. He started playing the instrument at the age of 12 doing classical guitar with a private teacher for 3 years. After becoming acquainted with the modern style of guitar playing called “Fingerstyle” on the Internet, he began to learn on his own.
Since 2016 he released 3 studio albums and 3 singles and has been actively performing around the globe with solo shows, teaching, recording music, and in October 2018 he received the title “Guitarist of the Year” according to the noticeable UK magazine “MusicRadar”.
A unique style, a very musical and technical presentation, coupled with original works, make Alexandr’s music accessible to any listener. The language of his music is universal and understandable for audiences anywhere in the world.
ELEANORA “LELE” STRINO
Eleonora Strino grew up in a creative household. Her father and sister were important painters of figurative art, but the music was what attracted Eleanora. She began playing guitar as a teenager, and from the first time, she heard Jim Hall playing with Bill Evans she knew she wanted to be a jazz guitarist. She studied at the conservatory in Naples, then at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam with Martin Van Itterson, Jesse Van Ruller, and Maarten Van de Gritten. Eleonora began her professional career as the first guitar in the orchestra of Italian composer Roberto De Simone.
She met Greg Cohen during an audition in Berlin. He was Tom Waits’ long-time bass player, as well as playing with Ornette Coleman, Lee Konitz, and Woody Allen among others. He took Eleanora under his wing and they started a solid collaboration that led them to play all around Europe and at many important festivals. They recorded an album in 2017, “Si, Cy,” a tribute to the American songwriter Cy Coleman, and continue to tour Europe.
In 2018, Eleanora received an invitation from the renowned Italian pianist Dado Moroni, who has carried on the Oscar Peterson legacy, to be part of one of his bands. They played at the leading Italian festivals with American vocalist Adrianne West, who previously worked with Barney Kessel and Joe Pass. In 2020 the Moroni band will do a week of concerts and masterclasses in Switzerland.
Eleonora is also a composer and an arranger. In October 2019 she won a prize for the best composition at the international competition “Jhonny Radacanu” (Romania) with her song “Senza e Ce Sta’. She was invited to play her music with Milan’s civic jazz band in the beautiful Strehler Theatre.
Eleanora has many current solo projects. She is writing a guitar instruction book for the English publisher Fundamental-Changes called “Be-Bop Scales,” which will be distributed in America. She is also working on her first album as a songwriter, featuring her guitar and voice, and she will be touring North America with International Guitar Night in early 2022. The future is very bright for this multi-talented artist.
His name is associated with World Music and his patented Latin Swing is a guitar virtuoso with unmistakable roots
He was born in Koblenz on December 10, 1961, and comes from the famous Reinhardt family. Lulo was raised in the Sinti tradition where Django Reinhardt’s music played a massive part.
When he was five, Lulo was already inspired by his father Bawo Reinhardt’s record collection which included everything from Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell to the Shadows. His father was also his first guitar teacher and his mentor until his death in 2013.
Lulo played for twenty years in the family band, The Mike Reinhardt Sextet, starting at twelve as a rhythm guitarist and then later as a bassist until 1993. In 1993, he founded the band I Gitanos together with his father Bawo Reinhardt and Cousin Bavo Dége.
The band enjoyed success, sharing the stage with big names from the 1990s such as TOTO , Marla Glenn, and Andreas Vollenweider. In 1995 he played at the ‘Rock against Hate’ in Lengenau ( Switzerland). The show had an audience of 60,000.
Being proud of their roots, the band recorded three albums in their own language, Romnes.
1994 I Suni
1997 Ab i Raisa
2009 Best of I Gitanos
This is significant because, in addition to the quality of their music, the band also made Sinti and Roma culture accessible to a wider audience. The band continued until Lulo’s father’s death in 2013.
Determined to grow both musically and personally, Lulo founded his own band in 2002: With ‘Lulo Reinhardt Project’, he would only release his own original compositions –a band that is 99.9 % cover music free, as he likes to put it.
Since 2008, the Lulo Reinhardt Project has been renamed the ‘Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project’.
The discography from this period.
2002 First album Project No 1
2005 Project No 2
2008 Latin Swing Project
2008 Live in Melbourne album, plus DVD Live recording in the famous Mirror tent.
2010 Katoomba Birds Recorded in Sydney and published by MGM
2013 Bawo album plus Live DVD
In 2012, a film – NEWO ZIRO – was shot about the Reinhardt family and has since aired numerous times on Phoenix.
After the success of the NEWO ZIRO project, the same team (Krieg & Nolte) shot another film, ‘Desert Inspiration’, in Morocco in 2015. This time they were exploring the connection between the culture of the Berber and their music in Morocco. The soundtrack by Lulo Reinhardt can also be found on his first solo album of the same title.
In 2017, he recorded a live CD with Daniel Stelter in the Stadtkirche in Darmstadt.
Daniel Stelter, and the NDR Big Band, also accompanied Lulo Reinhardt on his last tour in Europe, until just before Al Jarreau died.
In the same year, Lulo recorded the album ‘Gypsy meets Classic’ with Yuliya Lonskaya, a classical guitarist from Belarus.
A big dream came true in 2017. Lulo Reinhardt visited Calcutta in India, the origin of the Sinti and Roma. There he recorded ‘Gypsy Meets India’ with his friend Debhashish Bhattacharya and his longtime percussionist Uli Krämer. Also involved were Debhashish Bhattacharya’s brother Subhasis on Tabla and daughter Sukanya on vocals.
A film project planned for 2020 will document the migration of the Sinti and Roma from India. Lulo Reinhardt will retrace the way back to India, to where the migration from the Sindh region (India / Pakistan) originated.
A Sinto and a cosmopolitan, Lulo Reinhardt continuously embraces the new and the unknown in his dreams, ideas, and plans, so we can expect many exciting projects in the future.
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