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Ultrafaux

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

Tangent

Label: Swing Underground
Released: 2020
Track listing: Jaguar, Convergence, Dame Ivre, Tangent, Pseudo Nemesis, Pop Pop Blues, Alcatraz, Racer X, Talkie Walkie, Je ne sais pas, Bayou Blues

NEWS: RECORDING

Michael Joseph Harris Releases New Albums Showcasing Contemporary And Traditional Gypsy Jazz

Michael Joseph Harris Releases New Albums Showcasing Contemporary And Traditional Gypsy Jazz

Inspired by the legendary Django Reinhardt (1910-1953), Baltimore guitarist and bandleader Michael Joseph Harris leads two Gypsy jazz bands. Comprised of the same core members, both are releasing their fourth albums in North America and Europe in 2020 on the Swing Underground label. With the help of numerous guest artists, they are busting the boundaries of ...

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Michael Joseph Harris

In 2012, after years of performing mostly Brazilian and Latin influenced original music, guitarist Michael Joseph Harris began studying and playing the music of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt which led to the creation of The Hot Club of Baltimore later that same year. Harris then formed the band Ultrafaux in 2014 to perform his original Gypsy Jazz compositions. In 2015, Harris founded and remained Artistic Director for Charm City Django Jazz Fest which is the only annual Jazz festival in Baltimore, Maryland. Michael was named one of the top ten musicians by Baltimore Style Magazine and he was featured on a full spread article in The Baltimore Sun Weekend Section as well as Baltimore Magazine

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Baltimore Gypsy Jazz Bands Announce Winter Tour

Baltimore Gypsy Jazz Bands Announce Winter Tour

Ultrafaux and Hot Club of Baltimore Showcase Contemporary and Traditional Gypsy Jazz Inspired by the legendary Django Reinhardt, Baltimore guitarist and band leader Michael Joseph Harris leads two gypsy jazz bands on a 2017 Winter Tour. Beginning mid-January, Ultrafaux and Hot Club of Baltimore will play a dozen cities in Northern Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Tennessee, the ...

NEWS: EVENT

Ultrafaux Announces The 2016 "Django By The Sea" Tour, Fall Dates In Northeastern U.S. And Canada Offer Original Gypsy Jazz

Ultrafaux Announces The 2016 "Django By The Sea" Tour,  Fall Dates In Northeastern U.S. And Canada Offer Original Gypsy Jazz

Popular Charm City guitarist and bandleader Michael Joseph Harris is taking his role as a musical ambassador to a new level with the 2016 release of two gypsy jazz albums and extensive touring across the United States. The latest is the “Django by the Sea Tour” with a send-off performance at the Baltimore Jazz Fest October ...

Baltimore Bands Go On The Road With A New Generation Of Gypsy Jazz

Baltimore Bands Go On The Road With A New Generation Of Gypsy Jazz

Popular Charm City guitarist and bandleader Michael Joseph Harris is taking his role as a musical ambassador to a new level with the 2016 release of two new Gypsy Jazz albums and a summer concert tour of over two dozen American cities. The album Coquette was recorded by his group Hot Club of Baltimore, focusing on ...

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Deuxième

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015

Ultra Faux

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014


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