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'Koblenz' Album Launch

  • The Basement Reiby Pl Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)

One of the great jazz violinists of the world, Berlin based Daniel Weltlinger launches his new album ‘Koblenz’ at the Basement. In September 2011 Daniel launched at the Basement his debut CD ‘Souvenirs: A tribute to French-Gypsy composer and guitarist Django Reinhardt’ which was proudly sponsored by BNP Paribas Australia and the BNP Paribas Foundation based in Paris. The new album Koblenz is the first in a series of recordings to sequel Souvenirs and continues this fine partnership with BNP Paribas Australia.

Once again Daniel is boosted by a line-up of some of Australia's finest jazz/world crossover musicians, this time presenting a night of his own original compositions commemorating the life and times of Django Reinhardt, the story of Sinti and Roma in Europe and the Reinhardt family based in Koblenz, as well as references to his multi-national European family heritage and the Yiddish language which originates from the Rhineland region in Germany where Koblenz is located. 

Of French-Hungarian-Israeli family background, Sydney-born/Berlin based Daniel Weltlinger is one of the world's great violinists and composers and is highly acclaimed for his distinctive sound and improvisational approach in the genres of Gypsy-swing, jazz, klezmer and experimental/free-improvised music. He is frequently in demand as a solo recording/performance artist with some of the world's top musicians in a variety of different formats and is highly sought after for his technical and musical mastery on his main instrument.

Daniel has performed and recorded in Australia, Europe, China, Morocco, the US and Israel with a host of renowned artists and ensembles including German-Gypsy guitar legend Lulo Reinhardt, world renowned Yiddish singer Karsten Troyke, Polish Australian chanteur extraordinaire Nadya Golski and her 101 Candles Orkestra, the multiple ARIA award winning ensemble Monsieur Camembert, Argentinian bandoneonist Joaqu n Amen bar and Israeli jazz band Swing de Gitanes amongst countless others. His main projects 'Zohar's Nigun' and 'The Asthmatix' brilliantly fuse Jewish themes and Kabbalistic-inspired improvisation within the respective contemporary frameworks of jazz and electronica/hip-hop, both groups having released their debut albums in 2012 to rave reviews worldwide.

Daniel is endorsed by a number of top international companies including Danish microphone producer DPA microphones, Scottish-based Skyinbow acoustic pickups, US-based Saga instruments and the Australian branch of French multinational bank BNP Paribas who commissioned him in 2010 to record an album dedicated to the music of French-Gypsy composer Django Reinhardt and are currently sponsoring his recorded work on a 3 year contract from 2014-2017.

BNP Paribas is a European-based leader in global banking and financial services with an extensive global banking network of over 200,000 people in more than 80 countries. In Australia, BNP Paribas has been supporting the Australian economy for 130 years since its establishment in 1881.

BNP Paribas is committed to supporting the performing arts, culture, education, the environment and medical research through its corporate philanthropy programme, managed by the BNP Paribas Foundation.

The BNP Paribas Foundation has helped nearly 20 jazz musicians over 19 years forge their careers by supporting recordings and promoting concerts. BNP Paribas also encourages talented young musicians as a sponsor of the Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition since 2006. This international competition has provided initial exposure for a number of young jazz musicians who now enjoy an international reputation.

Earlier Event: August 31
Accordion Trio @ Darling Quarter