Les Violons de Bruxelles

© Alexandre Tripodi © Renaud Crols Tcha Limberger © Heymana
19/01/2012 - Brussels - Les Riches-Claires

Les Violons de Bruxelles
(Belgium)
Alexandre Tripodi (violin, alto), Renaud Crols (violin), Tcha Limberger (violin, guitar), Renaud Dardenne (guitar) and Samuel Gerstmans (double bass).
The most outstanding jazz violin players of Brussels gathered in one band. They stand for personal arrangements of well known jazz, bebop and gipsy repertoire, own compositions and even a taste of Brazilian chorro. They will guide you for your pleasure to rich and surprising horizons, where three violins generate a whole orchestra.

Alexandre Tripodi started to play at the age of fourteen in different bands. He has always been inspired by the sound and the lyrical style of Stéphane Grapelli. In the meantime Alexandre played a lot in Belgium and abroad.

Renaud Crols (born July 13, 1983 in Libramont) learned to play the violin at the age of six and the guitar at the age of nine. At seventeen he made his debut at the Royal Conservatory of Liège and left with the First Prize in violin, in Chamber music and in music theory. At the same time he fell in love with jazz playing and improvisation and he got himself involved in different bands. By the age of twenty-one, he moved to Brussels and started his voyage of discovery into gypsy music from Romania and the Balkans. He focused on jazz, and more specific on Manouche jazz. He had the opportunity to perform several times with the famous Romanian gypsy orchestra “Taraf de Haïdouks”. Three years later, he toured in Canada with the Belgian sitar player Bert Cornelis and internationally renowned Indian tablas master, Partha Mukherjee. Last year he went on a world tour with the ballet representation “Pitié” of Belgian choreographer Alain Platel. Today, Renaud Crols mainly performs with classical or jazz ensembles.

Tcha Limberger was born into a musical family, with each member playing musical instruments (his grandfather was the legendary Piotto Limberger). His Manouch tzigane father, Vivi Limberger, and his Flemish-born mother Lut Bruyneel each inducted him into their own culture. As a young boy, Tcha was bent on becoming a flamenco singer. Aged twelve, he started out on the clarinet, joining the family orchestra, the Piottos. In due course, he swapped the flamenco guitar for a Django guitar, learning how to play with the likes of Koen De Cauter and Fapy Lafertin as he went along. At the instigation of Dick Vanderharst and Herman Schamp to name just two, he learned how to analyse music, considerably widening his horizons in the process. When Tcha turned seventeen, he took up the violin and by the time he was twenty-one, he left for Budapest where he took classical and zigane musical classes from Horvat Bela. Following his return, he went on to play in or set up a number of orchestras, making quite a few recordings as a freelance instrumentalist (Lolo Meier Quartet, Waso jazz quartet, Romani, the Piotto's, Robin Nolan, Stochelo Rosenberg, Birelli Lagrene, Fapy Lafertin, Boros Lajos, Puka Karoly, Berki Viktor, Toni Rudi, the Budapest Gypsy Orchestra,…).

Double bass player, Sam Gerstmans will accompany these three virtuoso violinists at this edition of the Djangofolllies.

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