Post festival success - press release 4/2/10
International Gypsy Swing Guitar Festival
Sunday 17th January – Monday 25th January inc 2010
It took 6 months of
grueling preparation, production, hard work, energy and battling, to promote and
support an underexposed genre of the
The first ever International Gypsy Swing Guitar Festival to take place in London and the largest in UK was an astounding unprecedented success with the help of its nationwide supporters and sponsors and amassed 33 musicians from 8 countries.
SPONSORS/SUPPORTERS: Many thanks to all our contributors for their help in assisting their countrymen to attend the festival and to our supporters in recognising the cultural value of this unique event. Without their help this would not have taken place. Le QuecumBar and Le Q Records thanks them all.
funded Arts Council
European Commission Representation in the
SeaFrance - the way
SeaFrance Dover - Calais Ferries, proud to support Le Q Records & Le QuecumBar International Gypsy Swing Guitar Festival celebrating the 100th birthday of Django Reinhardt. SeaFrance operates up to 15 daily return crossings on the Dover-Calais route. Please visit www.seafrance.com for more details.
Embassy of the
Sponsoring Kussi Weiss Quintet from
Embassy of the
Belgian Tourist Office -
“The South of
bureau export french-music.org
S J Berwin LLP
www.stringbusters.com Norman and Cliff loyal supporters and fans Goethe Institut London
Customer and supporter Ivor Young of Prism Leisure Ltd Licensing & Distribution
Proving that the sensational and unique genre created by Django Reinhardt over 80 years ago is still "out there" and as fresh today as it ever was.
The whole festival was
held and organized in the hidden backstreets of Battersea village in a small
intimate 1930’s Parisian Brasserie - Le QuecumBar & Brasserie:
The 9 night festival, featuring great Gypsy names such as David Reinhardt, Ritary Gaguenetti, Stochelo Rosenberg, Tcha Limberger and many others was sold out days before the start of the event leading its organizers Le QuecumBar and Le Q Records to turn people away despite the fact that the festival was extended with a bonus night for people who were unable to buy festival tickets.
The 11 well attended
and unique Gypsy Swing/jazz guitar, Gypsy Swing Double Bass and Balkan Gypsy
violin workshops in 5
Le QuecumBar Patrons, Ritary Gaguenetti, French Gypsy,
Olivier Kikteff of Les Doigts de L’homme, France,
Tcha Limberger, Belgian Gypsy, Paulus Schafer, Dutch Gypsy
The exciting live recorded highlights of the festival will be released on a commemorative triple CD in June featuring the rare performances of some of the worlds best Gypsy Swing artists who have never before appeared on the same stage together.
It will feature 23
artists such as
Each artist excels within his own interpretations of Django’s genre and brings you the magical touch inseparable from Django’s own Jazz Manouche. More swing than jazz the festival had people riveted to their seats with jaw dropping performances from the various line ups every night! Numerous nightly encores were the norm.
23rd January, Django’s birthday amassed musical magic with Lollo
Meier, Ritary Gaguenetti and Kussi Weiss on hot guitar solo and rhythm, young
dynamic Hugo Richter on accordion and rockin
The last two nights of this Gypsy Swing Guitar heaven saw a quintet of formidable heavyweight all-star all Gypsy line-ups, culminating in a finale on the last night that featured three world master soloists Stochelo Rosenberg, Lollo Meier, Ritary Gaguenetti and stunning Gypsy bass player Sani Van Mullem with the young virtuoso violinist Wattie Rosenberg they cast aside any amplification to play the authentic way, unplugged acoustic heaven and rose to the occasion with a performance that electrified the audience and visibly showed the musicians loved every minute. Their musical prowess, skill, technique and sensitivity represent a real cherry on the cake on this exciting forthcoming album that captures the audience’s enthusiastic response to live musical genius.
Following the festival, Le QuecumBar would also like to announce that they have 3 new Gypsy Patrons, in the form of:
Tcha Limberger, Belgian Gypsy, a
blind, multilingual singer, violinist, clarinetist and guitarist who was driven
to become a flamenco singer. Overtime, he swapped to Django's music and left
Kussi Weiss, German Gypsy,
hails from a family of some of the most important and famous Sinti musicians in
Ÿ Stochelo Rosenberg, Dutch Gypsy, is a world-class Gypsy Swing guitarist and band leader of the legendary Rosenberg Trio with which he released numerous albums. Thanks to his effortless virtuosity and improvisational technique with pure melody, Stochelo Rosenberg is universally regarded as one of the most brilliant exponents of the genre.
Le Q Records
A natural progression. A small, intimate, independent record label, preserving moments of musical magic at Le QuecumBar & Brasserie for sharing around the world. Born in 2007 as the mouthpiece of Le QuecumBar and its musicians, it aims to echo the ambience, capturing the passion of the music created during live concert performances; instantly transporting you to the very soul of Le QuecumBar and all it represents, bringing together established and unknown artists of the genre for the enjoyment of all.
We are proud to have been able to produce thus far
Live - The Biel Ballester Trio (LEQ0101), Live - Le QuecumBar Allstars (LEQ0103) a selection of UK artists who play at Le QuecumBar all year round, a fine musical example of what to expect when you come to Le QuecumBar. Live - The Ritary Gaguenetti Quartet (LEQ0103), Live - The Gary Potter Quartet (LEQ0104) his best album ever. A unique compilation - "Stars of Gypsy Swing" by Le QuecumBar Patrons (LEQ0105); a double album of 26 tracks donated by Le QuecumBar's 13 elite global Gypsy Swing guitar Patrons for the advancement of Django Reinhardt's Gypsy Swing around the globe and its musicians. Live – Patrick Saussois and Daniel John Martin (LEQ0106); Live – The Aurore Quartet (LEQ0107)
All cd's available at the bar - Le QuecumBar and Brasserie 42-44 Battersea High Street SW11 3HX, our online shop at www.quecumbar.co.uk, itunes.com, amazon.co.uk, cdbaby.com, various independent online, high street stores, FNAC and complete digital download at linnrecords.com
Le QuecumBar and Brasserie
Numerous celebrity, secret Django fans visit Le QuecumBar incognito to enjoy the enchanting atmosphere and close up intimate genius of players who grace its stage at The Prestige Performance Concerts, or just drop by to catch the infectious unplugged weekly jam sessions some even joining in with the fun.
This is live music at its best.
Le QuecumBar is
regarded as the world premier venue of Gypsy Swing. Dedicated to promoting the
music of Django Reinhardt and those who perform it, staging some of the world’s
finest Gypsy Swing musicians who relish playing in an authentic original style
intimate atmosphere. Here, as in 1930's
Le QuecumBar is
indebted to the Gypsy culture which pervades this unique music, as style born in
The venue also promotes
other global Gypsy music such as from
Le QuecumBar’s 7th Birthday Party
Seven years after its birth in 2003 (the 50th anniversary of Django’s death) the coming 7th Birthday party of Le QuecumBar will be an exciting event for all:
Le QuecumBars 7th BIRTHDAY PARTY Hot Club Jam £15
Wednesday 10th February
FOR FRIENDS, FANS & MUSICIANS, COME CELEBRATE,
AMAZING MUSIC, MOOD, WINE AND FOOD
(REGULAR JAMMING MUSICIANS INVITED FREE) FULL BUFFET INC. BRING YOUR
Come celebrate a special night of Gypsy Swing jamming, unplugged and off the wall, join the campfire atmosphere along with Le QuecumBars regular and finest musicians who support us all year round. The night’s celebration open jam is driven by two of our talented patrons:
GARY POTTER & RITARY GAGUENETTI
Gary, well known world great and UKs top Gypsy Swing, country and Jazz guitar player has personality plus, raconteur and world class guitarist, he swings, he’s hot, he’s here! Self taught Ritary; a French Gypsy has played around the globe and is equally talented with Django’s traditional Gypsy Swing as straight ahead jazz as showcased in his latest fast selling album “Gipsy Soul”.
The night’s music will be driven by the animated swinging hot double bass ace - Pete Kubryk Townsend
Popular for private party/meeting hire day and night, photo shoots and historical location shoots.
Contact for further information:
Le QuecumBar and Brasserie
Owner: Sylvia Rushbrooke info_at_quecumbar_dot_co_dot_uk
+44 (0)20 7787 2227
Le Q Records
Director: Monika Kroll
+44 (0) 7963 985013
Director: Sylvia Rushbrooke info_at_quecumbar_dot_co_dot_uk
+44 (0)20 7787 2227
Many thanks and
Le QuecumBar & Brasserie
“London’s world premier Gypsy Swing venue”
42-44 Battersea High St
London SW11 3HX
0207 787 2227
All music listed on www.quecumbar.co.uk
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Unique live music venue specialising in promoting
Django Reinhardt - Gypsy Swing and those who perform it. -
A style born in 30's Paris drawing on nearly 2000 years of Gypsy culture.
Home of Le Q Records capturing live moments of musical magic
Proud to have
the support and approval of our world class musician
Angelo DeBarre guitar French Gypsy.
John Jorgenson guitar, clarinet USA
Dave Kelbie rhythm guitar UK
John Etheridge guitar UK
Lollo Meier guitar Dutch Gypsy
Robin Nolan guitar Holland
Hank Marvin guitar UK
Andreas Oberg guitar Sweden
Stephane Wrembel guitar France
Ritary Gaguenetti guitar French Gypsy
Biel Ballester Trio guitar Spain
Gary Potter guitar UK
Moreno guitar French Gypsy
Kevin Nolan rhythm guitar UK
Aurore (Voilqué ) Quartet violin
Tommy Emmanuel guitar, Australia