First noticed by famous violinist Zino Francescatti during an audition, Guillaume performed his first concert as a soloist in a Vivaldi concerto at the age of 11.
After studying at the Regional Conservatoires of Boulogne-Billancourt and Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, where he received a premier prix both for the violin and for chamber music, Guillaume continued his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyons, working on Ravel’s quartet.
Guillaume’s career has featured a number of classical chamber music and orchestral concerts, often as a solo violinist, with such groups as the Arsis Ensemble, the Chambord Soloists, the European Symphony Orchestra, the Paris Symphony Academy, the Lamoureux Orchestra, the Massy Opera, the Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine Orchestra, the European Chamber Orchestra and the Tours and Orleans Symphony Orchestras.
Guillaume has also taught the violin for 15 years. A specialist in traditional and improvised music, he frequently runs master classes and residential courses on these topics. Recently, Guillaume has held the first traditional music workshops at the Orléans Conservatoire.
Guillaume has been fortunate enough to accompany, among others, Moroccan singer Thalal at La Cigale, Le Divan du Monde and the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and Marcel Khalifé, the famous Lebanese signer and oudist, on his tour of the Middle East. In 2006, Guillaume joined Jewish music group Adama as a violinist, accompanying the group on tour in France and abroad and performing together at Le Casino de Paris.
He has worked on several album recordings with artists from the worlds of jazz and variety and has been invited to perform at a number of festivals in France and abroad.
In 2000, Guillaume founded Manguina, an ensemble specialising in traditional eastern European and Arab-Andalusian music. In 2005 he recorded a CD entitled ‘Ot Azoï’, on which he sang for the first time in Judeo-Arabic, Hebrew, Ladin and Yiddish.
Born in Constantine and raised among the darbuka rhythms of maluf music, Philippe grew up in Marseilles and began playing the drums at the age of 10. After studying jazz at a conservatoire, he joined several local groups, with which he enriched his musical experience by teaching himself in a number of styles, such as pop, rock, fusion and reggae.
In 1979, Philippe decided to try his luck in Paris. There he met the group Kassav, with which he recorded a number of albums and performed on numerous stages.
He later met Alain Bashung, whom he accompanied on stage for more than 10 years. He performed on many of Bashung’s albums, including ‘Pizza’, ‘Play blessures’, ‘Figure imposée’, ‘Live 85′, ‘Passé le Rio Grande’ and ‘Novice’.
Philippe has performed on stage and recorded albums with a host of artists from the French music scene, including Alain Chamfort, Mylène Farmer, Renaud, Véronique Sanson, Lio, Marie Laforêt, Dick Rivers, Sylvie Vartan, Gérard Manset, Bill Deraime, Sanseverino, Dany Brillant, Mory Kante, Sapho, Luz Casal, Carole Laure, Gérard Darmon and Dave Stewart.
He has also been the artistic director for albums by Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Lio (Vandatta), Bill Deraime (Mystic Zebra) and Ysa Ferrer, the single ‘A cause des garçons’, a tribute to Buddy Holly (Hollydays) with Boris Bergman and Maxime Leforestier, Arno, Paul Personne, Amina and Nanette Workman.
In 2001 he met Guillaume Dettmar-Vital, whom he joined in the group Manguina, performing music from eastern Europe and Andalusia.
Sébastien Guillaume began playing the violin at the age of five. He worked with Catherine Courtois at the National Conservatoire in Saint-Maur and was awarded a médaille d’or in 1995.
He later became interested in jazz and joined Pierre Blanchard’s violin jazz class at the Regional Conservatoire in La Courneuve, where he obtained a diplôme d’études musicales in jazz in 1999.
His move towards jazz involved him joining various different groups and playing with renowned musicians such as Marc Fosset, Alain Jean-Marie, Antoine Hervé, Linley Marthe, Louis Moutin, Etienne M’Bappé and Paco Sery.
He has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals: Montreux (Switzerland), Tabarka (Tunisia), Nice, Toulon and Marciac. Intrigued by world music, he has recorded with numerous artists: Papa Wemba, Rido Bayonne, Henri Dikongué (Africa) and Baaziz (Algeria). In 2001, he joined Manguina.
Currently a violin teacher at the Ecole Nationale de Musique et de Danse in the communauté de communes of Port-Jérôme, he has taught classical violin since 1996 and is interested in jazz teaching methods. In 1999, he began a violin jazz class at the Ecole d’Improvisation Jazz Christian Garros. Since January 2001, he has been a trainer at the Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood, in Dammarie-lès-Lys.
Jean Wellers is a talented and versatile musician: he has studied classical violin, chamber music, jazz guitar, double bass, harmony, music theory and arrangement with a number of renowned teachers.
Having been quickly recognised for his talents, Jean has worked with a number of groups, including Os Atlanticos, Magingic, the Serge Forté Trio, Toufic Farroukh’s group the Absolut Orchestra and the Phileas Band, and he is currently a member of Frédéric Manoukian’s Big Band.
He has also recorded with numerous artists, such as Adama, Faudel, Fares, Cheb Bilal, Iness Mezel, Coco M’bassi, the Norberto Pedreira Quartet, Olivier Calmel, Pierre Perret and Guy Marchand.
Jean has also performed at jazz festivals in Nice, Juan-les-Pins, Tourcoing, the Hague, Millau and Saint Gilles, La Réunion, as well as at the Gypsy Jazz Festival in Nouméa. He took part in the Florin Niculescu Quartet’s tour for French alliances in West Africa and accompanied Toufic Farroukh on his Marroco Festour tour and at the Beiteddine Festival.
In his spare time, which he doesn’t have much of, Jean tunes pianos, makes electric and acoustic bass guitars and other guitars, and makes piezoelectric pickups for violins, violas, cellos and double basses.
Rémi Delangle is a multifaceted musician, led by the discovery, diversity and musical quality.
Formed in the conservatories of Boulogne-Billancourt, Cergy-Pontoise, Aubervilliers and Sydney, he joined Pascal Moragues and Jean-François Verdier’s class at CNSMDP where he obtained his Master of clarinet with honors.
He joined the orchestra of the Republican Guard in 2007, while pursuing his career in parallel as a guest within prestigious orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Nancy, the Orchestre de Bretagne, …
He also participates in international competitions and finished semi-finalists of the competition of the ARD in Munich and won the competition of the Societa Umanitaria Milan.
Very involved in contemporary creation, Remi plays regularly in all Cbarré, Ensemble Intercontemporain, all TM +, the Muse en Circuit. Alongside his classical training, Remi was fascinated early to improvised music and oral transmission from the Balkans and for the Klezmer music. It flourishes in this direction in the Alcolytes groups, Wistiteats Balkan Kamikaze and Sirba Octet, as well as many improvised ephemeral projects.
Renato Tocco studied the concert accordion and the bandoneón at the École Normale de Musique in Paris and at the Clichy and Villejuif Conservatoires, where he obtained diplomas in musical training and concert accordion.
Renato has worked with a number of musicians, producers and composers. He has played the accordion for writers, composers and performers such as Nicolas Pardo, Michel Darnal and Willy Mandeville.
He was the co-founder and accordionist of the groups Grand Klezmer (1994 – 2000), Quintet Urbain, Atzegana and Filles de Rengaine.
His friend, composer Antoine Duhamel, introduced him to the world of drama production. Renato subsequently participated in many projects with Amand Gatti, Jean-Paul Olive, Nedeljko Grujic, Jérôme Destours, Dominique Tirone–Fernades, Marianne Entat and Pierre and Mathhieu Foldes.
Renato was also involved in recording the original soundtracks for the films ‘Le plus beau pays du monde’, a feature film by Marcel Bluwal (1999), ‘Laissez-passer’, a feature film by Bertrand Tavernier (winner of the Silver Bear for best film music at the 2002 Berlin film festival), and ‘Une saison Sibelius’, a TV film by Mario Fanfani shown on Arte (2005).
Renato is frequently invited to join groups in concert, such as the Aurélien Bouly Quintet (gypsy jazz), Tsuica (gypsy and Balkan music), Sharl Grigoris Groganescu (gypsy music) and the Freylech Trio (klezmer music and Yiddish chants).
In 1991, Iurie Morar won the cimbalom virtuoso prize at the Ştefan Neaga competition. Slightly later, her was awarded a premier prix for the cimbalom under Vladimir Sîrbu and another in orchestra conducting under Sergiu Ciuhrii. He continued his training between 2000 and 2004 at the Regional Conservatoire in Strasbourg, where he specialised in contemporary music under Detlef Kieffer.
In 1987 he won first prize at the Moldovan orchestra competition for traditional music. He is used to being on stage, having been performing since the age of 12. He began performing as part of small, popular groups before joining the Barbu Lautaru, Martisor and Divertis Moldovan national orchestras and the Mugurel State Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed with contemporary groups such as the SoVos Trio, as well as with the Rouen Opera, the Paris Orchestra of Soloists and the Sîrba Octet.
In 2001, he founded Duo Martisor with violinist Roberto Crisafulli. At the same time, Iurie performed with two other traditional music groups: Csango, founded by Alain Rolland, and Julik. Iurie is constantly searching for an original repertoire for his instrument and collaborates with contemporary composers such as Nicolas Frize and Gaultiero Dazzi.
He has recorded music for films such as ‘Le dernier des immobiles’ and ‘Roméo et Juliette’, some 15 CDs, including an album with Georges Moustaki (Moustaki, 2003), a book-CD for young children (‘Mon imagier des Rondes’, Editions Gallimard, 2003), a live CD with the Paris Orchestra of Soloists (‘Un violon sur les toits de Paris’), and a fairytale opera, ‘Le luthier de Venise’, with the Rouen Opera.
Guitarist Samy has been playing with the biggest names in gypsy jazz for 25 years. He has collaborated on more than 40 albums and has performed on the biggest stages, both in France and abroad.
Born in Brittany in 1972, Samy Daussat began learning classical guitar at the age of seven. Brought up on jazz at home, he began to lean towards this style of music in his teens, and in 1989 he enrolled in the classes of Pierre Cullaz in Paris.
In 1996, jazz guitarist Moreno invited him to join his trio, and he later joined Alma Sinti and Patrick Saussois and accompanied Raphaël Fays for six years in France and abroad.
In 1999, he met Babik Reinhardt at the Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival, in Samois-sur-Seine. This meeting proved to be important, since Samy went on to join Babik’s latest group, along with Christian Escoudé and Florin Niculescu. He then passed on his own knowledge and love of the guitar to David Reinhardt.
In 2008, boosted by the confidence of his “fathers”, Samy formed his own group, which made its debut performance at the Marciac Jazz Festival. The public gave the group a promising welcome, and in 2009 Samy brought out his first solo album, ‘La petite famille’, on which David Reinhardt performed as a special guest. Samy performed at the Django Reinhardt Festival in June 2010 to commemorate the centenary of the great guitarist’s birth. In 2011 he released ‘In Time’, his second album as leader, on the Ouest label.
After receiving her first prize for violin at the CRR St-Maur-des Fossés (France) and a first prize of virtuosity to Hochshule Detmold (Germany), Catherine occurs in France and abroad as well as in chamber music orchestra. It belongs also as a singer and violinist in Paris Klezmer Band.