By Yann Lachendrowiecz
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The kick off of International Jazz Festival of Louviers (Eure) was given on Thursday March 24 at Stage 5. This Friday March 25, it is the turn of the group Django AllStars to perform on the Loverian scene. La Dépêche de Louviers spoke with the band’s bassist, Ludovic Beier.
News: This is your first time playing Louviers. How do you approach this event?
Ludovic Beier: We have already played in the region, notably in Rouen, but this is the first time that we have performed within the framework of the festival. We travel the world so we are always happy to discover new rooms and new places.
It is also an opportunity for you to chain concerts and close the Covid parenthesis. How did you experience this period?
LB: It was a complicated period. Especially in 2020 when everything was really shut down. We were lucky to have small windows, especially during the summers of 2020 and 2021 when we were able to find our way back to the stage. Today, we regain hope. Diaries are filling up. The concerts are coming and we have a lot of things planned this summer. We try to look to the future and forget this bad period that has affected us all.
What’s next for Django AllStars in the coming weeks and months?
: Our news is really the return on the road of the concerts in the spring and this summer. In May and June, we take part in quite a few festivals all over France. In July, we leave for a month on tour in the United States. It’s a tour we do regularly but haven’t been able to do for two years. We’re also recording the end of an album that we started in New York in November and are going to finish this summer.
“Our new album? The maturation of two or three years of touring »
Can you tell us a bit more about this album?
LB: Our album was called the New York Sessions. It was recorded in New York in 2017. It’s kind of the second part that contains original creations. The particularity of our group is to pay homage to music that was carried by Django Reinhardt (jazz guitarist). But we are also open to the times in which we live. This new album, the New York Sessions Volume 2, will be released in early 2023. It will be the maturation of two or three years of touring.
Will it be possible to discover pieces from this album at the Festi Jazz de Louviers?
LB: Not all. Louviers is one of the festivals we are taking part in for the first time. So we will essentially play our standards, in other words the essential songs of the group. But we will also introduce some new features. It also allows us to play on stage a new repertoire that we will master completely when we arrive in the studio.
How would you define your band’s style of music?
LB: Our music is accessible because it brings the listener to many emotions. It contains energy but also much more melancholic things. You can go from laughter to tears in 30 seconds (laughs). I think that the public feels in us a real desire to play and a real communion between the musicians. We all know each other very well. There is also a playful side so there is no need to be introduced to jazz. We encourage the public who would be refractory to jazz to come and see us play. Our style, gypsy swing, is part of French musical culture. It is the first response to Afro-American jazz. The gypsy culture is one of celebration and sharing. It is really something accessible for everyone and especially for all ages. It is timeless music.
The program of the Festi Jazz:
Django AllStars 5tet (Friday March 25, 2022, 8:30 p.m.): €20
Sanseverino (Saturday March 26, 2022, 8:30 p.m.): €25
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