Samuel Farthing is a 15 year-old jazz swing guitarist inspired by the legendary French Manouche Guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Samuel lives in a Maryland suburb within the Baltimore/Washington corridor. He started playing guitar at age 10 and stumbled into gypsy jazz at age 13. Since then it has been his passion and inspiration. Sam’s talent far exceeds his number of years playing. He is considered one of the finest young up-and-coming gypsy jazz guitarists in the world.
Samuel recently performed at the Charm City Django Jazz Festival in Baltimore with the Django Legacy Band
Stochelo Rosenberg Quartet feat. Christiaan van HemertSince 2005, Stochelo Rosenberg (guitar) and Christiaan van Hemert (violin) have been regular collaborators on many projects: from recording dates and concert tours toteaching workshops all over Europe and the United States. In 2011 they started a very successful on-line gypsy jazz academy which can be found at rosenbergacademy.com.Both Stochelo and Christiaan share a deep love for the early recordings of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli and they enjoy recreating some of the original arrangementsof the Hot Club de France.Stochelo RosenbergBorn in a Dutch Sinti Gypsy camp, Stochelo started playing guitar at age 10. His teachers were his father, his uncle and the records of Django Reinhardt. When he was12, he and his band won first prize in a Dutch national children’s TV-contest and never looked back. Today, he is a world renowned ambassador for gypsy jazz and one of themost popular, in-demand guitarists in the world. He won countless awards, played and recorded with the biggest names across many styles and was a special guest ofGrappelli himself in the Carnegie Hall in New York.Christiaan van Hemert
Christiaan is one of the premier violinists in the current gypsy jazz scene and often performs as a guest of the Rosenberg Trio and alongside Stochelo Rosenberg in different groups. He has played with countlesshigh profile gypsy jazz artists among which are Mozes Rosenberg, Paulus Schafer, Joscho Stefan, Fapy Lafertin, Tchavolo Schmitt, Roby Lakatos, Remi Harris, Gary Potter and many others. Besides his activitiesas a performer he is well known as an educator, teaching at the Rotterdam University of the Arts and in a host of educational videos online. He often hosts workshops worldwide both on violin and guitar and is an expertin the so called ‘Dutch Style’ of gypsy jazz.Line-up:Lead Guitar – Stochelo RosenbergViolin – Christiaan van HemertRhythm Guitar – Victor HorkyDouble Bass – Matheus Nicolaiewsky
E Sarah CarterE Sarah Carter was solo fiddle player on world tours with Michael Flatley’s“Lord of the Dance” and the hit show “Spirit of the Dance” for 6 years.In 1999 Sarah took to the stage as soloist for the smash hit show “Spirit of theDance”, playing major stadiums and theatres in USA, Canada, Europe,Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, India and Morocco. She was residentwith “Spirit of the Dance” at The Bobby Vinton Theatre in Branson MissouriUSA; The Eldorado Theatre in Reno Nevada, USA; The Grand Palace Theatrein Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA and The Monte Carlo Casino Theatre inMonaco.Sarah then took to the road with “Lord of the Dance”, performing onstage to packed stadiums and theatres in major US and Canadian cities.One of her personal highlights was performing at the famousAcropolis Amphitheatre in Athens. After a performance of “Lord of theDance” in Oxford, performing with Orla Harrington, one reviewer wrote,“Now do these two ladies rock or what? If you’re not moving by the timethey have finished playing, you probably ought to get yourself checkedout!”
The Birth of Celtic Manouche.Sarah’s aunt and uncle have had a cottage in Glencolumbkille for 40 years and during regular visits she learned Donegal style fiddle, learning many great tunes from Martin McGinley.As she was on tour she started collecting airmiles and decided to use them to pay for flights to further her studies in Gypsy Jazz and Celtic fiddle. She met Samy Daussat and during a late night gyspy jazz session she played Samy some Donegal tunes. Samy was instantly taken by them and they began developing the idea of combining the Donegal repertoire with Gypsy Rhythms.The Donegal tunes were passed by ear from Martin in Donegal, to Sarah in England to Samy in The Netherlands and finally to Claude in Paris.We are very excited to bring all the members of this great “aural line” who passed the tunes from Roarties in Glencolumbkille to the centre of Paris together in one band.Donegal tunes with a twist of Manouche and the indelible thumb print of Django Rheindhart!
Swingtet was formed in April 2009 in Jihlava, Czech Republic. Our repertoire is inspired by the legendary Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt. It includes not only his most famous compositions, but also countless jazz standards and new modern compositions by the genre’s followers.
The aim of the band is to bring as much as possible to our performances with high instrumental quality to this very unknown and very original music even among Czech listeners …
Since 2010, the band has been performing mainly at festivals, concerts, corporate events, dancing clubs, but also with various guest artists.
From 2016 – Swingtet is playing in a totally new lineup and performs as follows:
Tomáš Honsa – solo guitar
Vojtech Emmer – rhythm guitar
Roland Hamaj – double bass
Vojtech Szabo – Accordion