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Shetland is to welcome guitarist Lulo Reinhardt back for a one-off concert during the Peerie Willie Guitar Season as part of his world tour. The German gypsy jazz musician will this time be taking his 5 piece band, the “Lulo Reinhardt Latin-Swing Project”

Lulo Reinhardt
Lulo Reinhardt

The concert will take place at Lerwick Town Hall on Wednesday 24th November. Bar facilities are available.

Tickets are available from Shetland Box Office, Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick - 01595 745 555 - priced £12/10


Lulo appeared in Shetland last year to great acclaim from audiences and reviewers alike:

“And what to say about Lulo Reinhardt – that his great uncles’ influence was apparent in every note? No, that would be too crass – he was simply stunning, his Brazilian works, his swing jazz pieces and his own new samba compositions, all performed with that Gypsy panache of the committed showman.” - Shetland News, 2009

Videos of Lulo jamming at the Peerie Willie Guitar Festival 2009

Lulo Reinhardt


Lulo Reinhardt is the grand-nephew of guitar playing jazz legend Django Reinhardt. But the family's musical ties run deeper than that as he is also the nephew of the gypsy violin master Schnuckenack Reinhardt and comes from a lineage peppered with highly talented musicians.

Lulo represents one of the most unique voices in gypsy-jazz music today. His Latin-Swing Project (see fuses pure gypsy-swing music with elements of Latin music such as flamenco, tango, and bossanova.

The Latin-Swing Project band comprises:

  • Lulo Reinhardt from Germany on guitar
  • Daniel Weltlinger from Sydney, Australia on violin
  • Harald Becher from Germany on bass
  • Uli Kramer from Germany on drums
  • Sean Mackenzie from Sydney, Australia on keyboards
Lulo Reinhardt is from an enormous clan of Reinhardts. Of this connection Lulo says, "The audience often expects me to play exclusively in the style of Django Reinhardt but, as well as being able to do this, I have found a style of my own."

Lulo was taught guitar by his father since the age of five. At only twelve years old, he was playing with the Mike Reinhardt Sextet, a formation entirely dedicated to the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt.

In 1991, Lulo moved on from the sextet to explore new musical experiences and founded, with his father Bawo and cousin Degé, "I Gitanos", which toured throughout Europe. The first results of their exciting 'new way' gypsy music showed a strong Latin music influence in which the master timbalero and percussionist Nicky Marrero participated, and led to the release of the CD, "I suni" in 1994. Since then, there have been numerous successful tours throughout Europe and the release of the next CD, "AB I Reisa" (1998).

Lulo Reinhardt
Lulo Reinhardt

Meanwhile, however, Lulo worked on various projects and established for himself an international reputation as an outstanding composer and guitarist.

Lulo has played in numerous major events as Rock Gegen Hass, International Cultural Festival Sahara en el Corazón (Algeria - with Brazilian guitarist Zezo Ribeiro), World Roma Festival Khamoro, Jazz Goes to Town (Czech Republic), Jazz and Blues Festival (Czech Republic), and many others.

The Lulo Reinhardt Project is the accomplishment of a maturing style and artistic creation, which defies classification. Swinging from tune to tune, Lulo Reinhardt injects into his music his gypsy roots as well as flamenco and Latin rhythms from Cuba to Brazil. After the success of his CD, "Project No 1" (2002), Lulo Reinhardt released the eagerly awaited, "Project No 2", (2005) to critical acclaim.

In 2008 Lulo delighted new audiences in Australia during a small but highly successful tour. From this tour, a live album and DVD were produced.

Then in 2009, Lulo toured successfully in the UK, Canada and the USA with the International Guitar Night show, in Europe, and then again in Australia.

Now, with a band of extremely carefully chosen musicians with whom he has worked previously joining him in his musical fantasia, Lulo Reinhardt has a world-class show with which to enchant any audience.

Peerie Willie Guitar Season

The Lulo Reinhardt Latin-Swing Project concert is part of the 2010 Peerie Willie Guitar Season, which has so far featured concerts by visiting guitarists including Jim Mullen, Ian Bairnson and John Etheridge. Upcoming concerts include the Michael Janisch Quintet on the 17th and 18th of December.

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