Come see the return performance of jazz guitar virtuoso Olli Soikkeli, joined by the accordion player Julien Labro, performing dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions.
This is a special concert you won't want to miss.
Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991 where he picked up the guitar at age 12. After a few years of playing, Olli was introduced to the music of the great Django Reinhardt and since then has made Gypsy Jazz his main focus. Shortly after Olli was found playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland. After touring all across Europe with musicians such as Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud Van Den Berg, Olli decided to move to New York City in 2014. Since then Olli has played legendary venues such as Birdland Jazz Club, Blue Note and the Lincoln Center.
Despite his young age he’s already played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Stochelo Rosenberg, Tommy Emmanuel, Andreas Öberg, Cyrille Aimee, Anat Cohen, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu.
In 2011, Olli recorded his first album "Trois Générations" with Hot Club de Finlande and Vitali Imereli and in 2012 he recorded his sophomore album "Kouvola Junction" with Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud van den Berg.
2014 Rhythm Future Quartet's debut album was released. 2016 Rhythm Future Quartet's second album '’Travels'’ was released which received rave reviews including best 2016 jazz albums by the Huffington Post and All About Jazz magazines.
“Olli Soikkeli, a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.” -Wall Street Journal
Heralded as “the next accordion star,” Julien Labro has established himself as one of the foremost accordion, accordina and bandoneón players in the classical and jazz genres. Deemed “a triple threat: brilliant technician, poetic melodist and cunning arranger,” his virtuosity has earned him international acclaim.
French-born Labro was influenced early on by folk music and the melodic, lyrical qualities of the French chanson. After graduating from the Marseille Conservatory of Music, Labro began winning international competitions, including the Coupe Mondiale, the Castelfidardo Competitions, and many others. In 1998, Labro moved to the United States where he earned two Graduate Degrees in Composition and Jazz Studies; and was exposed to and embraced music ranging from jazz, pop and hip-hop to electronic/techno, avant-garde and rap, as well as Latin, Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and other types of world music. He has shared the stage and/or recorded with a myriad of eclectic artists including João Donato, Cassandra Wilson, Marcel Khalife, Miguel Zenón, Jon Irabagon, James Carter, Chris Cheek, Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, and Fernando Otero to name a few.
Labro has played for audiences throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, where he recently premiered his own accordion concerto, “Apricity.” He has been enlisted as an arranger and/or soloist by numerous ensembles, including A Far Cry, Spektral Quartet, Curtis On Tour, Ensemble Vivant, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony and many more. When not on tour, he can be found frequenting the NYC jazz scene.
An Evening with Olli Soikkeli and Julien Labro
Saturday, April 15 at 7:30pm
Tickets $28, $26 for Seniors, $23 for members
Dinner + Show package with Villaggio Ristorante available (Please note: This dinner package does not reserve premium theater seating, only general admission.)
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