The Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad, the Goethe-Zentrum and Seagrams, with the support of the French Embassy in India and the Secunderabad Club, is presenting a French orchestra, Le Petit Orchestre Swing de France, on 13th December at the Secunderabad Club.
The group comprises of Laurent Zeller on the violin, Gilles Parodi on the rhythmic guitar and Laurent Bajata on the solo guitar. These 3 musicians will share their passion for jazz through their renditions of French chansons, to which they have added the rhythm and twist of Gypsy Swing Manouche and American jazz.
Laurent started learning to play the violin at the age of 4, and later moved on to the guitar and jazz music. In 1995, armed with awards for the classical violin, he played with the Médicis quatuor with Georgian musicians Nina and Otari Melikivhvili, who gave him his first introduction to Tzigane music.
Gilles started his musical career with classical studies in the Tours Conservatory, then, jazz with guitarist Pierre Cullaz, world music with saxophonist Talib Kadir Kibble, and Bresilian percussions with Dominique Suard. His role as accompanist gave him the opportunity to meet different artistes and groups, including the Trio Jazz Tzigane, the Quartet Swing Musette, the Ligue dimpro Theatrale de Touraine, and Les Pommes de ma Douche.
Laurent started off as a drummer at the age of 13 in his accordionist brother's stage band. He started studying the guitar in 1965 and discovered the music of Django at the same time. Ever since, Laurent has has directed several manouche jazz ensembles - the 'Swing Roul'hot' in Lyon towards the end of the 60s, and then the 'Swing de Paris', with whom he toured Japan and Canada.
Entry is by invitations only, available at the Alliance Francaise office in West Marredpally, and at the Goethe Zentrum office opposite Legislative Assembly. Please contact the Alliance Francaise at 2330-0736 or Goethe Zentrum at 6552-6443 for further details.