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Bireli Lagrene

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.

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Discography

Gypsy Trio

Gypsy Trio

Dreyfus Records
2010

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Swing

Swing

Jazzpoint Records
2007

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Bireli Lagrene: Djangology/To Bi Or Not To Bi

Bireli Lagrene:...

Dreyfus Records
2007

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Move

Move

Dreyfus Records
2006

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Move

Move

Dreyfus Records
2005

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Gypsy Project

Gypsy Project

Dreyfus Records
2002

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