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Gabriel Bismut

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Gabriel Bismut is a Parisian violinist and violist playing jazz and traditional music. After his studies at the Regional Conservatory (CRR) of Boulogne-Billancourt, he was in contact with internationally renowned jazz musicians such as Antonio Ciacca and Carine Bonnefoy. He has also worked and recorded with musicians from the Parisian scene such as Camille Bertault, Helena Recalde, Charlotte Wassy, Mauro Repetto and The Big Hustle. In 2016 he recorded an album containing his compositions with pianist Fady Farah. In 2017, he started playing with pianist-accordionist Maurizio Minardi

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Jozef Nadj

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Jozef is a contemporary violinist, recording artist and educator. Classically trained from a very young age, Jozef entered the world of jazz and blues in his early teens looking for something different, more modern. After studying classical music at academies in Hungary and Serbia, Jozef entered a new world while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he developed a deeper understanding of harmony, jazz composition and improvisation. This helped him further nurture his talent, establishing his own style which has been influenced by Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Brecker, Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Michael Jackson and many others

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Armen Boyajian

Armen Boyajian is a jazz violinist and pianist who has been in the Charlotte, NC area since 2008. His jazz quartet Air Apparent was formed in Washington, DC and included Frank Kimbrough, Ed Howard, and Steve Williams. They played Blues Alley, Carter-Barron Amphitheatre and other DC and Baltimore venues. Armen has also played with Gary Thomas, Dennis Chambers, Wycliffe Gordon, Elisa Pruett, George Sykes, Greg Alewine and Ron Brendle. He has written a number of original jazz compositions: "Waltz for Bill Evans" (originally entitled "Sweet & Sour") was named Best Jazz composition by the Washington Area Music Association

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Johan Renard

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Johan Renard is a French violinist musician based in Paris. He is known for his mastery of the violin, his approach to improvisation, composition, and his teaching. Very early on, he obtained his diplomas and finished his classical musical studies to then enter the CNSMDP to deepen the art of improvisation, he studied there with Jean François Jenny Clark, Daniel Humair, François Jeanneau, Hervé Sellin. He graduated. Johan works regularly from the age of 9 on the violin with Madame Nell Gotkowsky, she instills in him the desire and freedom of creation, the love of art. During the Yehudi Menuhin competition, still a student Johan will present a program where he mixes classical and improvised violin, in the Jury are Stephane Grappelli, Pierre Boulez, who salute his performance. Stephane Grappelli will write him a letter in which he urges him to continue in this direction and underlines to him the importance of the quality and the emotion which he received by seeing young musicians play the violin differently, and what more is his music. Subsequently as part of the CNSMDP he recorded with the George Russel Orchestra. This meeting will transform his vision towards Jazz and the so-called “European Classic” harmony, thanks to the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization With his technique and his knowledge of the violin, Johan Renard makes a commitment to meet around the most diverse musicians, and coming from all horizons, for him the music is one and indivisible and can not suffer from classification. He then meets Didier Lockwood who considers him to be the next generation of the jazz violin, and asks him to be his assistant in his school the CMDL to develop the teaching of the violin and improvisation. We find him as a musician, arranger and composer, around recognized musicians and in many projects: Emmanuel Bex, Stephan Eicher, Isabelle Olivier, Carine Bonnefoy, Romane, Alex Beaupain, Stochelo Rosenberg, Richard Bona, Archie Shepp, Steve Coleman ... The importance of improvisation and the freedom of creation brought Johan to meet many musicians from all over the world. He regularly leads courses, workshops and exchanges around the violin and improvised music. For Johan Renard the violin is a popular instrument and accessible to all, just like music and improvisation. He teaches at the CRR de Paris and is coordinator of the jazz department of the Gabriel Faure 5th arrondissements conservatory, as well as at the Swing Romane Académie , directed by Romane with whom he shares the importance of oral tradition and creative freedom in music. Johan has performed in many International Festivals: Jazz a Vienne, Jazz Sous les Pommiers, Jazz In Marciac, Nice Jazz Festival (France) Fuji Rock Festival (japan), Festival Zocalo, (Mexico) Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) Paleo (Switzerland) Haldern Pop, Pondicherry (India) ...

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Luca Kézdy

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Luca Kézdy was born in Győr, northwest Hungary, where she started her classical violin studies at the age of six. Later she studied aesthetics and philpsophy at the ELTE University’s liberal arts department. She placed in the finals in the first national Jazz Violin Competition held by the Hungarian Radio in 2006, where she won the Audience Prize. She has been playing with her band Santa Diver (violin-bass-drums) since 2006, and played at the most respected festivals and jazz clubs in Hungary, at many venues around Europe, and at the Chelsea Music Festival in New York. She is in more genres like jazz, free improvisation, pop and fusion

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Hot Club of Baltimore

Hot Club of Baltimore performs inspired arrangements of Django Reinhardt repertoire, French Musette and Jazz. Michael Joseph Harris (Ultrafaux) is guitarist and artistic director of the group which consists of a collective of top jazz musicians. The ensemble boasts a variety of configurations which include the instrumental trio of 2 guitars and bass, the classic quintet with violin, the late 40's "Django in Rome" sessions adding piano, drums, and horns, and the big band sound of the early 50's when Reinhardt performed with Duke Ellington. The group often features captivating vocalist Alexis Tantau on gypsy jazz renditions of Occitan folk songs, Edith Piaf, Eartha Kitt, Maxine Sullivan, Charles Trenet, Jacques Dutronc, Ella Fitzgerald, and Henri Salvador.

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Ultrafaux

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The Baltimore-based Ultrafaux Ensemble performs original Gypsy Jazz-inspired music with elements of swing, funk, blues, Brazilian choro, and French musette. Lead guitarist and composer Michael Joseph Harris is one of the most prolific writers in this style rooted in the technique of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. Harris and 2nd guitarist Sami Arefin trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies along with a rotating cast of sidemen including Dallas Vietty - accordion, Jason Anick - violin, Evan Price - violin, Aaron Malone - violin, Giacomo Smith - clarinet, Connor Stewart -clarinet, Jonathan Greene - clarinet and many more

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Aleksandra Kutrzepa Quartet

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Aleksandra Kutrzepa Quartet was formed in December 2015. Members of the band are graduates the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice and Institute Of Music of the Art Department in Lublin. The band's repertoire consists of original compositions combining elements of contemporary jazz and free jazz with illustrative music. For a long time the band worked on a common sound, which is a priority for each member, and is created by the unconventional use of electronics supporting the color of acoustic instruments. In May 2018, the band released their debut album "Impressions". Album "Impressions" hit in December 2018 on the list of the 5 best jazz debuts in Poland

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Julia Bomfim

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Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Julia Bomfim is an exceptional violinist based in Boston, MA. Her unique style combines Classical music and Brazilian music with other South American flavors. Half Argentinian from her mother side and half Brazilian, Julia's energetic and versatile playing have ensured her place in these various musical genres. Born into a family of artists, Julia began her music studies at the age of seven. Inspired and encouraged by her father, the renowned flutist Marcelo Bomfim, the violin became the focal point of her early childhood.  In 2013, she graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) with a Bachelor of Music degree


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