Just imagine a joint session with guitarists whose styles can be so close and yet so remote. Here are Kazumi Watanabe and Boulou&Elio Ferre for a strings only accoustic summit.
The session will be held on 2006/06/03 at Paris Sunset/Sunside.
The heir of a gypsy family, Boulou Ferré was born on april 24th, 1951 in Paris. His father, Matelo Ferré and his uncle, Baro Ferré, were both musicians and members of the famous Hot Club de France Quintet with guitar genius Django Reinhardt and violin player Stephane Grappelli. Starting from the age of six, Boulou began playing jazz guitar with his father, alternatively studied classical guitar with Francisco Gil, and played his first concert at the Paris Guimet Museum when he was eight. At the age of 12 he became a studio sideman - for french singer Jean Ferrat and others - and recorded his first solo disc on the Barclay label. One year later, in 1964, he was on the bill of the renowned Antibes Jazz Festival and opened the show for John Coltrane. His third record for the Barclay label was a tribute to Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie, on which he was backed by the Paris All Stars band, including musicians such as Kenny Clarke, Pierre Michelot, Eddy Louiss and Maurice Vander. This disc was awarded four stars in the american jazz magazine Down Beat. Boulou then played several times at the Olympia theater in Paris with the Francois Rauber orchestra. His experiments in the domain of jazz brought him in contact to jam or work with greats like Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clarke, Philly Joe Jones, Warne Marchh, Chet Baker, Stephane Grappelli, Svend Asmussen and Louis Vola, who was the double bass player with Django Reinhardt. But at the same time, Boulou Ferré studied baroque classical music and theory with the great composer Olivier Messiaen, who guided him to become a great specialist and instrumentist of the music of J.S. Bach. At the begining of the 70's, Boulou played with the vibraphonist and multi-instrumentist Gunter Hampel, then with Steve Potts, along with guitarist Christian Escoudé and japanese pianist Takashi Kako, with whom he founded, in 1974, his own Corporation Gypsy Orchestra, noticed and quoted by Frank Zappa and Carlos Santana, among others. From 1978, he started playing with his brother Elios as a duet and they recorded a string of albums for the Steeplechase label. This formula was so successful that the brothers went on numerous tours - in France, UK, US, Canada, Australia, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Asia - and played the great festivals - Chicago, Quebec, Montreal, Nice, Antibes, Edimbourg, Seville, Caracas, Mexico, Florence, Oslo... In the mid-80's. Boulou became a founder member of the Trio Gitan( Gypsy Trio) with Christian Escoudé and Babik Reinhardt, the late son of Django. In 1992 the Ferré brothers played with a mini-big band including Al Levitt, Gilbert Rovère, and Lionel & Stephane Belmondo. In 1996, the duet was again on the bill of the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-Seine. By the end of the 90's Boulou & Elios had the idea of a project including three harmonic instruments, first with the arrival of pianist Michel Graillier, later replaced by Alain Jean-Marie. The album Intersection, recorded in the autumn of 2001, marked the beginning of this collaboration. The trio played the New York Django Reinhardt Festival, and the Carrefour Mondial de la Guitar de la Martinique. In 2002-2003, the concept was extended to a quartet formula with double bass player Gilles Naturel for the album The Rainbow of Life. The arrival of new double bass player Riccardo Del Fra, an ex-Chet Baker sideman, led to the recording of the new album Shades of a Dream in 2004. .
Elios was born in a gypsy family on the 18th of décember 1956, in Paris. Like
his brother, he started learning jazz guitar from his father at the age of six
and simultaneously studied classical flamenca guitar with Francisco Gil. He
then learned classical music theory from Pierre Lantier (a Prix de Rome diploma
teacher) and took part in numerous experiments, among them the Gypsy
Corporation Orchestra at the beginning of the 70's. This led him to meet and
play with Larry Coryell, Ed Thigpen, Al Levitt, Svend Asmussen, Louis Vola and
bandleader Raymond Le Senechal. Elios also writes music for TV broadcasts and
movie soundtracks. Associated to his brother Boulou since 1978, he is not only
a stylish guitarist, but also a brilliant writer and arranger ("Gypsy Dreams",
"The Rainbow of Life", or the wonderfully intricate "Jardin à la Française" ,
on the new album 'Shades Of A Dream). As a sideline, Elios maintains the family
tradition established by his uncle Baro by playing swing waltzes of the 30's
and 40's, such as "Panique" and "La Folle".