CELEBRATING DJANGO : 60th anniversary of DJANGO REINHARDT’s death (1910-1953)
TCHAVOLO SCHMITT considered by French gipsy jazz lovers as the best rightful heir of DJANGO REINHARDT will be on tour with a tribute to DJANGO.
He performs in trio or in quartet with violin.
Special project with the SCHMITT FAMILY: Tchavolo, Dorado, Samson, Amati
Born 1954 in Paris, Tchavolo is a renowned guitarist in gypsy jazz. He had some success in the 70s, but then settled in Strasbourg and quit the professional circuit for a time. He started putting out albums under his own name in 2000. He also performed Miraldo in the Tony Gatlif film Swing.
Listed below: video links
Tchavolo Schmitt : Considered by all gipsy jazz lovers to be the number one of deserving successor to Django Reinhardt.
Video in concert: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWYomnKR8oM
Movie “SWING“ from Tony Gatlif (Berlin festival 2003): www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI7S1Iu3Eow
Movie “LES FILS DU VENT” from Bruno Le Jean (2012): www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbYKVNiGdN8&feature=related
We are setting dates now. Please let us know if You could be interested to invite Tchavolo.
HARRY LAPP ORGANISATION
9, Avenue de la Liberté - F - 67000 STRASBOURG
tél: 00 33 (0)3 88 15 29 29 - fax: 00 33 (0)3 88 24 03 16
TCHAVOLO SCHMITT - biography
Tchavolo Schmitt was introduced to the guitar at the age of 6 by his mother; his father played the violin. He developed, with time, a virtuosity in the manouche style and his renown rapidly exceeded the limits of Alsace, his ancestral region. He became influential among his peers, in particular at Porte de Montreuil or Chope des Puces in Saint-Ouen, legendary homes of manouche swing. In 1979, he became a professional musician, and in that year, after leaving Paris to return to his Alsatian roots, he joined the band "Hot Club da Sinti", which included the violinist Wedeli Köhler, the guitarist Schmeling Lehmann, and the bass player Jani Lehmann. A single LP recording (now a collector's item) was released in 1981. While his career paused during the 1980s, in 1993 he joined the band "Gypsy Reunion" (with, among others, Dorado Schmitt, Patrick Saussois and Gino Reinhardt). In 2000, he released the first album under his own name, with the friendly support and the active participation of Romane, titled Alors?... Voilà!. This album was followed in 2001 by Miri Familia. In 2002, he released the original soundtrack to Swing, a movie directed by Tony Gatlif where Tchavolo Schmitt himself played the role of Miraldo, a guitar teacher. In 2004, Angelo Debarre joined him to produce a tribute record to Django Reinhardt called Mémoires, and in 2005 he released a solo album called Loutcha.
1981 : "Hot Club da Sinti", Wonderful (Linkshändle Records, 0181 LR)
1993 : "Gypsy Réunion", Swing 93 (Djaz Records, DJ 515-2)
2000 : Alors ?… Voilà ! (Iris Music, 3001 831)
2001 : Miri Familia (Djaz Records, DJ 721-2)
2002 : Swing with Mandino Reinhardt, soundtrack of Tony Gatlif's movie (Warner Music France WEA, 092744936-2)
2004 : Mémoires, with Angelo Debarre (Le Chant du Monde (Harmonia Mundi, 274 1230)
2005 : Lautcha (Le Chant du Monde (Harmonia Mundi, 274 1330)
2007 : Seven gypsy nights
2010 : Live in Paris
2010 : Live in Paris
1992 : Latcho Drom of Tony Gatlif
2001 : Swing, of Tony Gatlif (DVD and VHS, Montparnasse)
2012 : Les fils du vent