A symphonic portrait of Django Reinhardt

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Django Reinhardt and his counterpart Stéphane Grappelli perfected a European jazz form in the epoch-making Le Quintette du Hot Club de France. However, the self-taught guitar genius Reinhardt was also fascinated by symphonic music and left behind a significant number of distinguished compositions which he dreamed of performing in a symphonic setting. More than one of his fingerprint compositions was originally written with a symphonic sound in mind, for instance Manoir de Mes Reves and Diminishing Blackness (worktitled Go tell Mozart.) With one exception, a performance of Django Reinhardt´s Bolero complementing Ravel´s famous composition bearing the same name, his symphonic ambitions were never realised.

That is until one godfather in the international jazzmanouche society, record producer and guitarist Jon Larsen, reminiscing of Django's dream, sparked a group of Django aficionados into working. Django's most memorable tunes were carefully studied and his original harmonisation laid foundation for the young and talented arranger Per Ekdahl´s inspired orchestration. Some of the world best soloists in the genre got onboard and the Symphonic Django was born. The concert has so far sold out concert halls like Théâtre des Champs Elysées Paris, Victoria Hall Geneva, Auditorium Lyon and Cadogan Hall with various symphony orchestras like the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.