Award-winning violin legend Tim Kliphuis (Holland) teams up with Alfonso Ponticelli on guitar. The duo will highlight the music of violin legend Stephane Grappelli and gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Combining a masterful command of the violin with genre-mashing interpretations of gypsy jazz, folk and classical music, Tim Kliphuis has created a unique style that is making waves in concert halls across the globe.
The award-winning Dutch violinist breathes new life into existing styles with a high-energy blend of classical, gypsy jazz and folk music. His improvised sound is totally new and has popular appeal.
Classically trained and widely regarded as Stéphane Grappelli’s heir, regularly on tour with the fiery European gypsy guitarists, Kliphuis is a highly personal and inspiring performer, composer and educator.
He has shared the stage with legends Frankie Gavin, Richard Galliano and Les Paul and has been lauded for his musical genius by Nigel Kennedy. He was awarded the Scottish Jazz Award (International), has collaborated with the Richard Strauss Festival and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and is the curator of the Fifty Fiddles Festival, in Rotterdam’s De Doelen concert hall.
Tim is a Pirastro and DPA artist.
An in-demand educator, Kliphuis is the author of best-selling Mel Bay books ‘Stéphane Grappelli Gypsy Jazz Violin’ and ‘Grappelli Licks’, the ‘Hot Jazz Violin’ DVDs and Jazz Etudes on video. His workshops and masterclasses have been featured at festivals, conservatoires and summer courses in the USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Japan and Europe. Tim teaches improvisation at the Amsterdam and Tilburg conservatoires and hosts the annual sell-out Grappelli-Django Camp back home in Holland every August.
Alfonso Ponticelli, leader of the Swing Gitan band, has been part of the Chicago jazz scene since the early 1980s and is the founder of the Chicago Gypsy Jazz Festival.
TIM KLIPHUIS, VIOLIN
ALFONSO PONTICELLI, GUITAR
String Sessions: Tim Kliphuis and Alfonso Ponticelli