All the way from France, Beanstalk bring you: Les Doigts de L’Homme, an unbelievable band who are much like Django Rheinhardt, except that they are better because they are still alive and beautiful. A night with a mix of extremely fast plucking and maximal bouncy DJing by the great:
Mix n Blend !
Live at Zula!
More about the band:
Be sure about one thing: Les Doigts de L’Homme are not gipsy musicians. The four of
them come from very different musical backgrounds, but their sense of curiosity and love
for gipsy jazz has brought them together around this music. They’re not interested in
reproducing what was being played 50 years ago, but rather boosting gipsy jazz into
traveling further. In their repertoire, you’ll find unexpected covers such as a swing version
of Ravel’s “Bolero” and old French songs like Serge Gainsbourg’s “Le poinçonneur des
Lilas,” plus original compositions stirred by the energy of rock ‘n’ roll.
Formed in Spring 2003 around a first album “Dans Le Monde,” Les Doigts de l’Homme
quickly grew. After a summer spent playing their guitar compositions on the street, they
played a 70-concert tour around France in February 2004. They released the five-track
album “Nuclear Gipsy Jazz” in June 2004.
One year and 50 concerts later, in June 2005, they released their second album, “Les
Doigts de l’Homme.“ In these 14 tracks, the trio’s sound and energy are amazing.
Connecting gipsy jazz and gipsy rock, the album explodes with creativity, dexterity and
humor. The themes are at times profound and full of emotions, then giving way to very
fast Tzigane-like tempos.
In 2008 the trio became a quartet by adding an additional brilliant guitarist, Benoit
Convert, a well-respected gypsy jazz soloist in his own right. Around this time, the new
album “Les Doigts Dans la Prise” continued the band’s theme of reinventing gipsy jazz
while remaining true to the style. The compositions draw from the universe of Olivier
Kikteff and some other members of the group. The inspirations are universal, notably
oriental and Balkan.