Bireli Lagrene Quartet - Remembering Jaco Pastorius

Bireli Lagrene Quartet - Remembering Jaco Pastorius

Bireli Lagrene Quartet - Remembering Jaco Pastorius

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Wednesday 6th June - Thursday 7th June

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BIRÉLI LAGRÈNE QUARTET (Remembering Jaco Pastorius) 

BIRÉLI LAGRÈNE electric bass

JEAN-YVES JUNG piano/Fender Rhodes





An exceptional and precocious talent, Biréli Lagrène took the jazz world by storm with his dazzling speed and phenomenal bursts of improvisation. After having mastered the late great Django Reinhardt’s Gypsy swing repertoire, the guitarist tried his hand at fusion jazz and rock. In fact, Lagrène had also been looking up to Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Jimi Hendrix for inspiration. Very much in demand, he has been collaborating with a host of well-established musicians, from Al Di Meola to Jaco Pastorius to Stéphane Grappelli. At once dynamic and lyrical, this sparkling musician is without a doubt one of the most prominent musicians of his generation.


What is left today of the child prodigy that was Bireli Lagrene ? - A wonderful musician,  a magician of the guitar 's most dazzling , a " choreographer " of the six - strings as they  are currently on the fingers of one hand.

From the beginning , music was his language , and the Reinhardt school. Destiny inevitable when one is born , like him, in Alsace ( 1966) , which comes from the large gypsy family, and the chance that identifies you as a gifted in this area. Beyond rigor which was that of learning ( with his father and with his brother ), this incredible blend of strength and precision Lagrène never forget the essential : " Django helped me to see what is happening elsewhere”, he likes to recall . This great lesson of freedom, he was able to capture like no other , his first major public benefits ( including Montreux, 1981) offer a striking testimony.

But soon the call of the sea leads him outside the family clan. To stay true to himself, and walk according to his own artistic star, Biréli not hesitate to make man out . Out with the gypsy cocoon, to embark on the adventure of fusion. Jaco Pastorius (ex -Weather Report) has been there . Jaco, with which Biréli share the stage in 1986, and whose influence on our guitarist (now in the meantime , a formidable bassist ) go to mimicry (were, moreover, the enormous adaptability and other instrumental facilities he has shown since our man can also be transformed as required in remarkable keyboardist , and it feeds a growing private passion for the violin ) . So far this extraordinary taste and affinity for music material meets an insatiable curiosity Biréli then multiplies experiences and encounters with all the jazz world has unique and compelling personalities ( Stéphane Grappelli , Larry Coryell , John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul, Al Di Meola , Stanley Clarke, Miroslav Vitous , Lenny White, Dennis Chambers, Victor Bailey ... not to mention its hexagonal partners among the most prestigious Didier Lockwood, Richard Galliano ...) .


The 90s for those Biréli recognition and consecration , obtained by playing standards ("Live in Marciac " , 1994). Under classical (since Lagrène has , too, that card stock ) .

Django d'Or in 1993, Victoire de la Musique in 2001 and 2002 Biréli collects trophies, and points to the early 2000s an incredible challenge : replay the music of his origins , while remaining itself. A dangerous game that usually it is ( one facing the mirror) one of the few not to fall into the trap of narcissism . Balancing act and real achievement , the epic " Gipsy Project" is a triumph ( which culminates with a " Live in Vienna " absolutely mind-blowing ) . The buckle is fastened, and the time came for one of the greatest guitarists of our time to go to new shores . New formula, new inspiration and new music to explore closer to the blues for a man definitely "in motion" . Max Robin




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