Kristal Klaar – From Louis to Django


Kristal Klaar – From Louis to Django

The second concert in the series of the 11th edition of “Kristal Klaar” is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Djangofolllies and is covering the “From Louis to Django” theme. This special and highly diverse XXL edition of Kristal Klaar will start in style with two combos formed by students of Kunsthumaniora Brussel. Emile Verstraeten, violin teacher at the jazz & light music dept of Kunsthumaniora Brussel, will present his project “Nuits tziganes”, after which Dario Napoli will show his interpretation of Django’s legacy in his “Modern Manouche Project”.

Nuits tziganes

Emile Verstraeten and his musicians will perform music by Django, Piazzolla, Brahms, Aznavour, Monti and own compositions. All over their careers, these musicians have been inspired by world and gypsy music. The ensemble plays dazzling, virtuoso but also melancholic classics, ranging from czardas to swing, tango and self-composed music.

Emile Verstraeten is a classically trained violinist and singer who, under the influence of his father, once bassist of the famous Waso Quartet, discovered gipsy swing jazz and Hungarian gypsy music. By doing so, he developed a broad musical view and was inspired by the delicious melting pot of all his great musical favourites of his childhood: Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, Niccolo Paganini, Elvis Presley, David Oistrach, Michael Jackson, Chet Baker, The Radios, … Emile had the pleasute and the honour to share the stage with renowned artists like Bjork, Kommil foo, Koen de Cauter, Hans Mortelmans, Fappy Lafertin, Tcha Limberger, Paul Klinck, Hadise, Sioen, Els Deschepper, Michel Verstraeten, Johan Verminnen, Bart Peeters, Kris Baert, Jean Blaute, Bert Ostyn, Erik Melaerts, Ronny Mosuse, Jan De Wilde, Hannelore Bedert, Alexander Debeuckelaere, Urbanus, Miguel Wiels, Ivan & Mike Smeulders, Steven De Bruyn, De Nieuwe Snaar, Stijn, Piet Van Den Heuvel, Kapitein Winokio, Fay Lovski, Flip Kowlier, Lucas Van den Eynde, Pierre Anckaert, Philip Catherine, Henny Vrienten, LEKI, … and his own ensembles, performing his own compositions. An EP with own material is scheduled for release in 2019.

Pal Szamora specializes in Hungarian gypsy music. He is violinist at the Tzigani ensemble and with Roby Lakatos, among others. Mart Flecijn is violinist with Flairck, the band of Emile Verstraeten and the orchestra of The Night of the Proms. Joke Flecijn is a cellist at the Bremer Philharmoniker, among others. Eddy Flecijn is an accordionist and bandoneon player in various ensembles. As a composer he already has a broad oeuvre. Herman De Rycke is double bass player in Tzigani, among others.

Dario Napoli Modern Manouche Project

Although Sinti guitarist Django Reinhardt is the main inspiration, Dario Napoli looks in his Modern Manouche Project to include more contemporary influences in his version of gypsy swing, introducing elements of more modern musical styles such as bebop, funk and modern jazz. The result is an unpredictable and exuberant sound, which steals from various musical eras leading you through a rich and vibrant sonic experience, without ever totally abandoning the gypsy imprint of Django. Most songs are original compositions of Dario with a few reinterpretations of jazz or pop standards from different eras.

No stranger to some of the biggest music cities in North America, guitarist and composer Dario Napoli of Cortona, Italy is quickly making a name for himself in the world of gypsy jazz music. His 2012 tour of the United States took Dario’s music to fans in cities such as Austin, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. More recently he toured in Brazil and has performed at several well-known festivals throughout Italy, including Arezzo Summer Jazz, Trasimeno Blues and Raduno Mediterraneo Petralia, where he performed on stage with Stochelo Rosenberg.

Dario also knows his way around the recording studio, having released two original albums. His first album, “Gypsy Bop”, was produced in 2011 by Drycastle Records. Dario’s second album, “Make It a Sunny Day”, was released in 2013 and included guest appearances from prestigious artists such as Jacopo Martini, Maurizio Geri, Tolga During, and Augusto Creni.


• DATE: Thursday January 24, 2017 at 20:00
• LOCATION: La Tentation – 28 rue de Laeken 1000 Brussels
• TICKETS: 14.00 € / +65 & -26 & members La Tentation & parents + teachers Kunsthumaniora Brussel: 10,00 € / Students Kunsthumaniora Brussel and Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel: 7.00 €
• INFO AND RESERVATION: Brosella: 02 474 06 41 (info) (reservation)