"The finest concert of acoustic guitar I have ever seen" (Sydney Morning Herald).
LULO REINHARDT is one of the foremost authentic and distinctive musical voices in modern Gypsy music and is from a long line of musicians; the great-nephew of jazz legend Django Reinhardt and also the nephew of the Gypsy violin master Shnuckenack Reinhardt.
Lulo comes from a lineage peppered throughout with highly talented musicians. He first showed an interest in the music as a child. By age five years, he was already being handed down the family's guitar tradition through his father Bawo Reinhardt and has devoted his life to music ever since.
By the time he was 12 years old, Lulo was performing with cousins in the Koblenz-based Mike Reinhardt sextet. Over the years his musical horizons have expanded as he has delved into the music of other cultures. Now, today, Lulo continues to explore and perform a fusion of styles, including flamenco, Latin, and Brazilian jazz which he combines with his own artistic stamp, and always with a nod to his Gypsy influences.
After travelling all over the world and playing with musicians from Brazil, Spain, Africa, Lulo defined his own style of playing which he called Latin Swing; this is not traditional Gypsy jazz because the band has a drummer and a piano player. More and more Gypsy jazz guitarists today are incorporating this style of music which Lulo founded and his name and style have achieved international acclaim.
Critics and fans agree that his popularity is not solely because Lulo is the great-nephew of world-famous musician extraordinaire Django Reinhardt, it's about Lulo's unique musical genius, and his ability to make it appear so utterly effortless. “The audience sometimes expects me to play exclusively in the style of Django Reinhardt, but I have found a style of my own, and I am happy and grateful that the people love it”, says Lulo.
The Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project has an extensive international touring history. In addition to touring in Australia regularly since 2008, they have played all over the British Isles since 2010, as well as in China, Japan, France, Switzerland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Bucharest, Morocco and in and around their Koblenz home-base in Germany.
Lulo also performed as a soloist with the International Guitar Night quartet in 2009 and 2011, travelling to the UK, United States and Canada. In 2012 The Latin Swing Project headlined the inaugural USA tour titled, In The Footsteps of Django, a multi-artist Gypsy jazz spectacular. In April 2013, Lulo performed as a soloist for the first International Roma Day conference and private reception held at Harvard University.
Later in 2013, Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project completed a highly successful CD release tour throughout Germany and the UK promoting their new CD, BAWO. This CD is dedicated to Lulo's late father Bawo Reinhardt and contains eleven new pieces recorded in just two days. The music clearly highlights Lulo’s musical mastery blended with cultural influences from his illustrious musical family, all delivered in the context of a superb world-class band. The launch of Lulo’s online shop and the release of his family’s documentary Newo Ziro were also highlights of that year.