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VIOLINIST DANIEL WELTLINGER COMPLETES TRILOGY OF ALBUMS PAYING TRIBUTE TO MUSICAL LEGACY OF DJANGO REINHARDT WITH 31 MARCH 2017 WORLDWIDE RELEASE OF "SAMOREAU"
(Published: January 26, 2017)

With the release of Samoreau, Sydney-born, Berlin-based violinist and composer Daniel Weltlinger concludes his trilogy of recordings celebrating the musical legacy of the influential Belgian-born, French Gypsy guitarist/composer Django Reinhardt, the first European instrumentalist to make significant and lasting contributions to the jazz canon. The album follows Weltlinger's critically acclaimed recording Koblenz which received a 5-Star review in Downbeat and was among the recordings hailed as "masterpieces" in its list of the Best Albums of 2015. Koblenz is a collection of Weltlinger's compositions that recounts a multi-layered storyline commemorating both the life and times of Reinhardt that pays tribute to the Sinti and Roma people in Europe as well as Weltlinger's own European family heritage. Downbeat hailed the songs on the album as "...an irresistible grouping of Sinti and Roma melodies, flamenco rhythms, New Orleans grooves and Eastern European flourishes. Weltlinger also makes a thoughtful case for Django Reinhardt's gypsy jazz as a kissing cousin to klezmer."

Samoreau is dedicated to Renhardt's international legion of fans and showcases 11 Weltlinger compositions influenced by the enduring Gypsy Swing or manouche musical style Reinhardt pioneered in the 1930s which continues to inspire musicians and resonate with audiences around the world today. The album is more guitar heavy than the two more orchestral recordings that preceeded it as Weltlinger is joined on the recording by Django's great-nephew, the acclaimed guitarist Lulo Reinhardt from Koblenz, Germany, and four of Lulo's nephews who are also guitarists. Two member's of Lulo's Latin-Swing Band in which Weltlinger also performs appear as well.

DANIEL WELTLINGER DISCUSSES "Samoreau"

Samoreau is named after a town near the Festival Django Reinhardt, an annual celebration traditionally held during the last week of June at Samois-sur-Seine, France, which began as a one-night concert in 1968 and expanded to a week-long event in 1983. "In late June 2004 I traveled for the first time to the fabled Festival Django Reinhardt de Samois outside Paris which I had for many years dreamed of attending," Weltlinger writes in his liner notes to Samoreau. "I had some weeks previously contacted Sylvia Rushbrooke who runs the Gypsy Jazz venue Le QuecumBar in London and was invited to stay at the local campsite along the banks of the Seine River in the small town of Samoreau several kilometers away from the festival. At this campsite as well as at the festival itself I formed a very close bond with many people from across Europe and elsewhere in the world who over the years have really become like family to me. This album is a tribute to this extended family as well as to the innumerable fans of the music of Django Reinhardt around the world which includes many friends from Sinti (one of the Romani people of Central Europe) families whom to this day I regularly perform with. It is also a tribute to the remarkable natural landscape of Samois-sur-Seine and Samoreau."

"Samoreau is the final album in the trilogy of recordings dedicated to the Gypsy-swing or Manouche style of music first developed by French Gypsy guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) that I recorded between 2010-2016. The first album, Souvenirs, celebrates Reinhardt the composer and only features his compositions. The second album, Koblenz, is dedicated to the Reinhardt family and features only my own compositions as does this third album which is dedicated to the fans of Django Reinhardt and his enduring musical legacy. I recorded the first two albums with musicians from Australia with the addition of Lulo Reinhardt. This third album was recorded in Sinzig, Germany with Lulo and four of his nephews as well as two musicians from Lulo's Latin-Swing-Project which I also belong to. In keeping with the concept of paying tribute to the fans of Django and Gypsy-swing music, Samoreau is more guitar heavy than the two previous albums which are more orchestral. I wanted to showcase the guitar virtuosity inherent to this genre as well as the deep tradition of Reinhardt's music being kept alive today by members of his extended family in Koblenz and the surrounding areas with whom I've been closely connected and performing since 2004.

Samoreau references the two previous albums in several ways. ‘Waterlillies' is a direct allusion to Django's surrealistic composition ‘Nympheas' that I recorded on Souvenirs. ‘Minor Swing' - a signature Reinhardt composition also on Souvenirs - is cited at the very end of the track ‘Samois,' a tribute to the legendary Festival Django Reinhardt de Samois in France. ‘Ghosts' alludes to the undertones of wars and conflicts past and present that is an underlying theme of all three albums. On Souvenirs there is the track ‘Tell Mozart' composed by Reinhardt in 1947 when he toured in Germany while ‘Dark Clouds' on Koblenz is about W.W.II and quotes ‘Nuages,' another signature Reinhardt composition he composed and recorded in 1940 during the Nazi occupation of Paris. "Ghosts" also subtly references that intangible feeling that the spirits of the past never really leave us and the equally intangible feeling of time being an eternal continuum. These feelings permeate throughout all three albums both in tone and in spirit. Finally, the undertones of nature underscoring Samoreau and portrayed in its cover artwork is alluded to in Koblenz whose front cover photo uses the colors of the Rhine and Moselle rivers that meet at Deutsches Eck in Koblenz.

The last track of each album in the trilogy is a field recording which also serves as the album's title; Samoreau has two distinctly different field recordings as its opening and closing tracks. The opening track ‘Alone' begins with the sound of trains, metallic noise and walls of sound against a lonely yearning violin melody. "Samoreau," the final track of the album and of the entire trilogy features pizzicato solo violin recorded at the campsite in Samoreau along the Seine river with the sound of birds and nature very apparent throughout. It is a deliberately melancholy yet hopeful composition meant to be a final quiet nod to what unites everyone in the end: Quiet, solitude, respect and oneness with nature. The first track of the trilogy on Souvenirs is Django's ‘Melodie au Crepescule' (‘Melody In The Twilight') is a nature reference (it is also known as ‘Love's Melody' which is self-explanatory). My version of this composition was inspired by the painstakingly beautiful recording of it Reinhardt made in 1946 with his long-time associate violinist Stephane Grappelli when they were reunited in London following the devastation and destruction of W.W. II, the antithesis of the concept of love. "Samoreau" celebrates the inevitable conclusion that love endures no matter what.

ABOUT DANIEL WELTLINGER

Of French-Hungarian-Israeli descent, the versatile Sydney-born, Berlin-based violinist and composer Daniel Weltlinger has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for his distinctive sound and improvisational virtuosity performing Gypsy swing, jazz, klezmer and experimental/free-improvised music. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he has performed and recorded in Australia, Europe, China, Morocco, the US and Israel with a wide range of artists and ensembles including, among others, German-Gypsy guitarist Lulo Reinhardt and the Yiddish singer Karsten Troyke who are his most frequent collaborators; the Polish-Australian singer Nadya Golski and her Balkan-Gypsy inspired 101 Candles Orkestra; the Australian multi-ARIA Award-winning Gyp-rock band Monsieur Camembert; the Argentinian bandoneonist JoaquÌn Amenabar; and the Israeli jazz band Swing de Gitanes. Weltlinger co-leads with long-time associate keyboardist Daniel Pliner his main projects, the bands Zohar's Nigun and The Asthmatix, that fuse Jewish themes and Kabbalistic-inspired improvisation within the contemporary frameworks of jazz and electronica/hip-hop. Both bands released debut albums in 2012 to rave reviews worldwide. Weltlinger is also a co-composer with Australian based producer and composer Bruce Maginnis for the international production music library houses Audio Network, Fable, Cavendish Music and Focus and guest lectures at the Australian Institute of Music on Classical and Contemporary violin studies.

Recent performance highlights include appearing with Troyke and the acclaimed band The Klezmatics in June 2015 at the opening concert of KulturfestNYC and at Joe's Pub; two album releases with the Danish bassist Kenneth Dahl Knudsen's World Orchestra and Norwegian singer Ingrid Halle in May 2016; numerous performances with Troyke including at the White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw, Poland for the Bente Kahn Foundation; in Weimar, Germany as part of the city's annual Yiddish Summer program; and with the Lulo Reinhardt Latin-Swing Project at the International Music Festival in Pila, Poland. Also in 2016 Weltlinger appeared in several key scenes and on the soundtrack to Babylon Berlin a two-season 16-episode crime series directed by Tom Tykwer among others set to debut in 2018 on the German Public Television Network ARD. Based on the best-selling novel Der Nasse Fisch (The Wet Fish) by German author Volker Kutscher and the first of his Gereon Rath detective novels, it is set in 1920s Berlin. The series follows Rath after his transfer to the German capitol as he tries to solve crimes in a city torn by social and political upheaval in the years leading up to Adolf Hitler's rise to power. In January 2017 Weltlinger performed with the Berlin-based Turkish-Classical Ensemble Olivinn and trombonist Nils Landgren at a concert honoring outgoing German President Joachim Gauck.

Weltlinger is endorsed by several top international companies and has benefited from the support of BNP Paribas in Australia and the BNP Paribas Foundation in Paris for the development of this trilogy of recordings inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt - Souvenirs (2011), Koblenz (2014) and Samoreau (2017). He has further sponsorships with Danish microphone producer DPA microphones, the US-based company Saga instruments and the Scotland-based company Skyinbow acoustic pickups.

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More Information: http://www.DanielWeltlinger.com

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MFA - Jazz Radio Promotion, Publicity & Consulting
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