Gypsy Jazz up next at the UBS Atrium Series

first_imgWEEHAWKEN — Finnish guitarist Olli Soikkeli and French accordionist Julien Labro have joined forces to create a new take on traditional Gypsy Jazz. Their fresh approach to this iconic music has delighted audiences from Alaska to Bangalore.The Olli Soikkeli and Julien Labro Quartet will be featured next at The UBS Atrium Series on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Boulevard, in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken.Olli picked up the guitar at age 12. He soon discovered the music of the legendary French guitarist, Django Reinhardt and since then has made Reinhardt’s music his main focus. After developing his talents at jazz clubs and festivals in his native land, he started playing across Europe with top musicians and moved to New York City in 2014. He has played marquis venues such as Birdland, The Blue Note, and Lincoln Center. Despite his young age he’s already played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Stochelo Rosenberg, Andreas Öberg, Cyrille Aimee, and Anat Cohen. The Wall Street Journal gave Soikkeli high praise when it said that his talents “place him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.”Born in France, Julien Labro has established himself as one of the top accordion, accordina, and bandoneón players in the classical and jazz genres. After graduating from the Marseille Conservatory of Music, Labro began winning international competitions but moved to the U.S. for further studies.He has shared the stage and/or recorded with a myriad of eclectic artists including João Donato, Cassandra Wilson, Miguel Zenón, James Carter and Tommy Emmanuel to name a few.Julien has played for audiences throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has also been enlisted as an arranger and/or soloist by the Spektral Quartet, Curtis On Tour, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and many more.The quartet is rounded out by rhythm guitarist Max O’Rourke and bassist Eduardo Belo.The concert is free and open to the general public. For directions and more information, please check the HRPAC website – www.hrpac.org – or call the concert hotline at (201) 716-4540. The Olli Soikkeli and Julien Labro Quartet will be featured next at The UBS Atrium Series on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Boulevard, in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken. ×The Olli Soikkeli and Julien Labro Quartet will be featured next at The UBS Atrium Series on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Boulevard, in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken.last_img

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