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Time again to warm up a cold February weekend with some smoking hot and passionate gypsy jazz. Back once more to the Brink Lounge in Madison Wisconsin, Harmonious Wail presents and WORT welcomes The 2019 Midwinter Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest.

Harmonious Wail
Le MaesTrio from France
Tim Kliphuis from Holland
Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan

Friday Feb. 15, 2018
Harmonious Wail
Tim Kliphuis
Le MaesTrio

Saturday Feb 16, 2019
Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan
Le MaesTrio
Harmonious Wail
Harmonious Wail

Your hosts and a Madison favorite, The Wail is now in it’s 32nd year and has been the host of the MGSF for almost two decades. Maggie, Sims and Jeffo have taken this thing called Harmonious Wail and completely supercharged it with undeniably intoxicating energy.
Tim Kliphuis

A master of the violin and a wizard of sound using classical, gypsy jazz and folk,Tim Kliphuis has created a unique style that is making waves in concert halls across the globe.
Superb a thoughtful, provocative meeting of minds – Sunday Times

Impressive and moving- The Strad Magazine
Playfully inventive and technically brilliant- Time Out
Award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis has created a brand new style that embraces classical, gypsy jazz and folk. Hailed as a current-day improvising Paganini, his inclusive approach to music has united audiences and is influencing a new generation of string players.
After his masters degree in classical violin at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, Kliphuis studied with the European Sinti gypsies. He recorded and toured with gypsy guitar legends Fapy Lafertin, The Rosenberg Trio and Angelo Debarre.
An invitation to the Richard Strauss Festival in Germany kick-started Kliphuis crossover career, celebrating a total music without stylistic barriers. He performed for the Dutch King at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, for Celtic Connections Glasgow, at the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-Seine and toured America, South Africa and Russia extensively.
In 2015, The Tim Kliphuis Trio (Nigel Clark, guitar and Roy Percy, double bass) premiered Vivaldi-based Reflecting the Seasons which was recorded on Sony Classical in 2016; Brandenburg, based on Bach, and the Kliphuis Violin Concerto followed in 2018.

In between Trio tours and orchestral projects, the Tim Kliphuis Sextet with string players Janneke van Prooijen, Frank Brakkee and Charles Watt continues to wow audiences across Europe.
Tim Kliphuis and his Trio have shared the stage with Les Paul, Richard Galliano, Frankie Gavin and Martin Hayes, as well as the Netherlands and Tallinn Chamber Orchestras, The Hague and Cape Town Philharmonic and Sinfonietta Amsterdam.
Kliphuis is an in-demand educator at festivals, competitions and conservatoires. He wrote the best-selling book Gypsy Jazz Violin and teaches improvisation at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and his own summer school, Grappelli-Django Camp. He is a DPA Microphones and Pirastro artist.


Le MaesTrio

Pierre Bernon : guitare classique
Pierre Louyriac : guitare flamenco
Symon Savignoni : guitare manouche

On the occasion of the release of their new album, the Maestrio will give a concert in Conques tomorrow Thursday, November 22nd. The Maestrio is the meeting of three great schools of guitar: classical, gypsy jazz and flamenco, under the fingers of three talented instrumentalists that are Symon Savignoni, Pierre Bernon, Pierre Louyriac.

Gold medalist of the conservatory, Pierre Bernon is a traveling musician who was initiated during stays abroad to Latin, North American, Algerian and gipsy music.
There he met musicians Cesaria Evora and Aretha Franklin with whom he has shared the stage several times.

Sensitivity and energy
Coming from a family of musicians, Symon Savignoni is passionate very early for the music of the master Django. He studied with Serge Krief and Christophe Lartilleux. In love with guitar and flamenco since a young age, Pierre Louyriac forges a precise and spirited technique. He delves into the roots of this culture by residing during a long stay in Cordoba where he will study at the Higher Conservatory under the teaching of Manolo Franco and José-Antonio Rodriguez and in Granada with Emilio Maya.
This unprecedented trio combining virtuosity, sensitivity and real energy will delight all music lovers with their varied repertoire consisting of standards from classical music to world music such as Aranjuez Concerto, Mozart’s 25th Symphony, Django’s compositions Reinhardt and Paco de Lucia, but also personal compositions of the musicians

Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan
Chicagos premier Gypsy-jazz band.
The music of Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan is a vibrant, upbeat and passionate blend of American Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Flamenco and world folk music threaded together through virtuostic improvisation. Composer and band leader Ponticelli invites some of Chicagos top talent for musical conversation and an always lively dose of some of the best spontaneous co-arranging, with top artists including the current lineup:
John Bany, bass; Eric Schneider, clarinet/sax; Steve Gibons, violin; Bob Rummage, drums; Rami Gabriel, oud/guitar; Alex Udvary, cimbalom
A multi-instrumentalist, Ponticelli won the 1994 U.S. National Mountain Dulcimer Championship and continues to perform solo mountain dulcimer and guitar. He has played both banjo and guitar with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and was invited to performsolo didgeridoo at the Chicago Symphony Center. Ponticelli has collaborated in Chicago with Arabic, Irish, bluegrass, Gypsy, Romanian and many other traditional folk musicians. Ponticelli has had the honor of performing at Chicagos Millennium Park on its opening night as well as at every major museum in Chicago.
Ponticelli is the 2009 recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci award for outstanding achievement in performing arts from Order Sons of Italy in America and holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. Ponticelli has been to Cordoba, Spain (1994) to study with the great flamenco guitarists Rafael Riqueniand Manolo Sanlucar, New Mexico to study with Chuscales and Pedro Cortes and has had the great flamenco singer and guitarist Pansequito join his band for two years. He has performed at the Iridium in New York City where Les Paul invited Alfonso to play as a special guest with his trio.
Ponticelli shares his education and love of music by teaching workshops at many festivals, including 13 years at the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest in Madison, Wisconsin. He introduced Gypsy jazz to Chicago in the 1990s, when he began teaching a weekly Django-style class at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music, where he has taught for 16 years.
Ponticelli has shared his music at many prestigious festivals, including the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois, France, DjangoFest Northwest, Gypsy Jazz fests in New York City, Denver, CO., and extensively throughout the Midwest. Some of his students have joined his band and traveled to these fests performing with his band. Alfonso Ponticelli has collaborated with many Chicago institutions for 14 years to present the great culture of the Roma/Gypsy people through music with his annual Chicago Gypsy Jazz festival.

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Date(s) - Feb 15 - Feb 16
7:30 am

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