Lulo Reinhardt was born 12.10.1962 in Koblenz as a german Grandnephew of the famous Master Django Reinhardt
. He is a gifted guitarrist that learned to play the guitar from his great father Bawo Reinhardt
at the age of 5 years.
At the age of 12 years he already plays with the "Mike Reinhardt Sextet", a Formation that was solely dedicated to the Gypsyjazz of the great forefather Django.
In 1991, after 16 successful years with the group, he decides to leave the Sextette to find new musical borders that he finally found in the Flamenco- and Gypsymusic of the spanish Gitanos.
Together with his father Bawo and his cousin Degé Reinhardt he founded the "I Gitanos".
The first result of their new way of playing music "Gypsy goes Latin", of which Nicky Marrero also participated, is the release of the CD "I suni" in 1994. From then on Lulo is touring all over Europe until in 1998 the next CD "Ab I Reisa" has been relaesed with this group.
Meanwhile Lulo Reinhardt worked in many different projects and the more has gained a great reputation as well as a guitarrist as a writer and composer.
He played on all big Festivals for example Rock gegen Hass, International Cultural Festival Sahara in El Corazón (Algerie - with the brazilian Guitarrist Zezo Ribeiro), on the World Roma Festival Khamoro, Jazz Goes to Town (Tschechei), Jazz and Blues Festival (Tschechei), Sidmouth Folk Week (UK), IGN Guitar night (Scotland) and many more.
It was his journeys and touring which made him find the best musicians for his own Project. The "Lulo Reinhardt Project" is melting a blend of Gypsy-Rhythms, Latin-Jazz, Flamenco, cubanian or brasilian Music.
After the big success of his CD "Project No 1" (2002), Lulo Reinhardt released the long awaited next Album "Project No 2" in July 2005.
Lulo Reinhardt is a spontaneous and spiritual Musician who like to travel to new horizons with his guitar.
His curiosity in new music, his interest in other human beeings lead him from the Flamenco-Roots in south-Spain to south-America, where he discovered new way of playing in Latinjazz, Samba and Bossa Nova for himself. He plays his music with Enthusiam and Virtuosity and at the same time with a great sense of deep Melancholy and Nostalgie. The Inspiration and the feeling of his Gypsy-roots are melting into a rhythmic Symbiose from elegance and Spirituality with Lulo Reinhardt´s music.
In July 2007 Lulo Reinhardt is recording a new CD with his new Formation, "Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project" which is called "Latin Swing". 12 complete new songs composed by Lulo Reinhardt in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grapelli together with Daniel Weltlinger (Australia) on violin, Doug Martin (Guitar, San Francisco), Harald Becher (Doublebass, Germany) and Uli Krämer (Percussion, Drums, Germany). The CD has been recorded completely Live after a short Tour thru Germany.
After the SAGA-company (San Francisco) had created his own guitar model "Lulo Reinhardt DG 310" for him, Lulo Reinhardt also found back to play Gypsy-Swing, after he had played almost solely on Nylon-strings for the last 20 years. This guitar was released and presented by Lulo in 2007 on the NAMM Show in Los Angeles, Shanghai and Frankfurt.
In 2007 / 2008, another CD "Live in der Besenkammer", with Uli Krämer and Lulo Reinhardt was released, after recording two days in Cologne in the "Besenkammer". Technician was Thomas Morgenstern of the WDR who cabled all the place and recorded from the first floor with his Laptop. A very special and imtimate event with about 80-100 people, a special concert.
In 2008 Lulo plays on the "Frankfurter Musikmesse", together with Jan Akkermann ( Focus ) and they had lots of fun together.
In Mai 2008 he again drops over to San Francisco, to the CD Release Party in the famous "Yoshis Club" and the "Django Fest" in Mill Valley.
In 2008 in Juli Lulo Reinhardt di play the Support with Jose Feliciano, at his only gig in Germany.
2008 in November - Dezember Lulo Reinhardt went to Australia with his "Latin Swing Project" ( Brisbane Gipsy Festival ) and from Australia to Shanghai ...
In Februar 2012 Lulo Reinhardt releases his 6. and yet best CD "Bawo" (to honour his dear departed father Bawo Reinhardt) and since then touring very successfully with his "Lulo Reinhardt Swing Project".
In spring 2011 Lulo is meeting with Bertino on the international Musikmesse in Frankfurt, having great fun jam-sessions with him and his cousin Mike Reinhardt at the Stand of SAGA Guitars.
Since then the two unique guitarrists are working together on LIVE-concerts (Image right, LIVE 12/2014) with the "Lulo Reinhardt & Bertino Rodmann Quartette". A new CD-release of that project is planned for 2015.
Lulo Reinhardt is, as many musicians of this famous family, a unique and outstanding musician that, like his great forefather Django always open to the new experimenting with new sounds, musicians - and always staying open minded. Latcho Drom!Back to Jazzmanouche-Masters
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