Rêve boheme

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Recently on a spontanious whim, I went to see a group called Rêve boheme at the Copenhagen Jazz club. The concert was so warm and uplifting that I still find myself absorbing the atmosphere days later. The music of Rêve boheme which translates to ‘dreaming gypsy’ is inspired by the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France in the 1930s. The story of Django’s life, as a gypsy and an artist in the context of two World Wars, to becoming one of the most influential guitarists in Jazz history is a good read.

As they played, I noticed that Rêve boheme were using unusually shaped guitars. (Wikipedia: Sekmer Maccaferri acoustic guitars that are uniquely shaped with a wider D-shaped soundhole and a peghead that is slotted and tapered to produce a cleaner, warmer sound). I wondered how the the lead guitarist Jens Fuglsang stayed so relaxed when his finger movements and improvisations were so fluid and complex, there was no tension what so ever.

A video of Django along with violinist Stephane Grapelli (a favourite of mine) and the Hot club de France:

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