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Bireli Lagrene was born on September 4, 1966 in Saverne, Alsace, France. The son of Fiso Lagrene, a popular guitarist in pre-war France, Lagrene displayed a prodigious talent as a very young child. Born into a gypsy community, his origins and his fleet, inventive playing style inevitably generated comparisons with Django Reinhardt. In 1978, he won a prize at a festival at Strasbourg and subsequently made a big impact during a televised gypsy festival.

In his early teenage years Lagrene toured extensively playing concerts and festivals across Europe, often accompanied by distinguished jazz artists such as Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Stéphane Grappelli and Niels- Henning Orsted Pedersen. He also made his first record Routes To Django, which helped to prove that early estimates of his capabilities were not excessive.

An outstanding technician, Lagrene has revealed influences other than Reinhardt, happily incorporating bebop phraseology, rock rhythms and Brazilian music into his work. By the late 80s he had moved substantially from his early Reinhardt-style to fully embrace jazz-rock and other electronically-aided fusions.

Lagrene returned to his roots with such brilliant offerings as 1994’s My Favorite Django and 1998’s Blue Eyes as well as violinist Didier Lockwood’s 2000 recording Tribute To Stephane Grappelli and last year’s highly acclaimed Gypsy Project, which eminent jazz critic Gary Giddins hailed as “electrifying..

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Bireli Lagrene Concerts

Date Detail Price
Oct15Thu
Biréli Lagrène
Espace Carpeaux
Courbevoie, France

Albums

Album Gypsy Trio by Bireli Lagrene

Gypsy Trio

Dreyfus Records
2010

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Album Swing  by Bireli Lagrene

Swing

Jazzpoint Records
2007

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Album Bireli Lagrene: Djangology/To Bi Or Not To Bi by Bireli Lagrene

Bireli Lagrene:...

Dreyfus Records
2007

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Album Move by Bireli Lagrene

Move

Dreyfus Records
2006

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Album Move by Bireli Lagrene

Move

Dreyfus Records
2005

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Album Gypsy Project by Bireli Lagrene

Gypsy Project

Dreyfus Records
2002

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