Daniel Weltlinger - Souvenirs
Released September 2011

‘Sydney based violinist Daniel Weltlinger has played with numerous Australian world music acts, and is a key member of German-Gypsy guitarist Lulo Reinhardt’s excellent band. It’s no surprise, then, that his own debut album is a tribute to the compositions of Lulo’s famous great-uncle, the great Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Weltlinger admirably recreates the sweet nostalgic mood of the 1930s/‘40s “hot” jazz style, while thanks to input from some swinging sidemen, classics like Nuages and Djangology are born anew. Flawless playing.’

Seth Jordan – Limelight, November 2011

Daniel Weltlinger – violin
Nigel Date – guitar (Tracks 1 – 10, 12)
Peter Baylor – guitar (Tracks 1 – 9)
Stan Valacos – bass (Tracks 1 – 10)
Lulo Reinhardt – guitar (Tracks 6, 10 – 11)
Daniel Pliner -piano (Tracks 6, 8 – 9)
Edouard Bronson – clarinet/flute/saxophone (Tracks 3 – 5, 8 – 9)
Marcello Maio -accordion (Tracks 1, 3 – 5)
Viktoria J Gilmovich – violin (Tracks 8 – 9)
Maike Drabe – viola (Tracks 8 – 9)
Guy Curd – cello (Tracks 8 – 9)

Recorded 2010 at Megaphon Studios, Sydney Australia
Recording engineer Shane Fahey
Produced by Daniel Weltlinger
Mixed by Bob Scott
Mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound
Photos cafe of Leo Bonne, Palwesha Yusaf, David MacCullagh, Alex Weltlinger, Nicole Bouillon, Song Company, Geoff Aitken and Daniel Weltlinger
Artwork care of Alex Dewez-Lopez

1. Mélodie au Crépuscule – 4:03
2. Djangology – 3:47
3. Swing 42 – 3:07
4. Nuages – 4:28
5. Minor Swing – 2:06
6. Babik – 3:37
7. Diminishing Blackness – 4:28
8. Bolero de Django – 4:08
9. Nymphéas – 4:34
10. Oriental Shuffle – 4:17
11. Tears – 3:33
12. Souvenirs – 1:42

Born in Sydney, Australia in 1977 and of French-Austro-Hungarian-Israeli family background, the critically acclaimed Berlin-based violinist and composer-producer Daniel Weltlinger has long been renowned worldwide for his distinctive warm sound and innovations within the genres of Gypsy-swing, jazz, Yiddish-klezmer and experimental/free-improvised music. He is frequently in demand in a recording or performance capacity, often in collaboration with an array of top musicians and ensembles in a variety of different formats, and is highly sought after for his technical and musical mastery on his main instrument. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he has performed and recorded in countless major concert halls, theatres, clubs and festivals across Australia, Europe, China, Morocco, Turkey, the US and Israel, and continues to collaborate with a wide range of renowned artists and ensembles including German-Sinti guitarist and composer Lulo Reinhardt along with members of the Reinhardt family based in Koblenz/Rheinland Pfalz, Berlin based Yiddish singer-actor Karsten Troyke and singer-actress Sharon Brauner, Polish-Australian chanteur Nadya Golski and her 101 Candles Orkestra, the Australian multi-ARIA Award-winning Gyp-rock band Monsieur Camembert and the Berlin based Turkish-Classical Ensemble Olivinn amongst many others. He runs the independent record label Rectify Records, which produced the album ‘Koblenz’ nominated as amongst one of the best albums of 2015 in Downbeat Magazine, and in addition to leading various combinations under his own name co-leads a number of ensembles including Gypsy-jazz collective ‘Radio Django’ with guitarist Janko Lauenberger, Hungarian Folk-experimental duo ‘The Huns‘ with bassist/multi instrumentalist Taylor Savvy, as well as two Australian based contemporary music projects ‘Zohar’s Nigun’ and ‘The Asthmatix’ with long-time associate keyboardist Daniel Pliner which fuse Jewish music within the respective contemporary frameworks of jazz and electronica/hip-hop.

Weltlinger was specifically commissioned to record a Django Reinhardt tribute album at the request of former chief executive of BNP Paribas in Australia and of BNP Paribas in Central Europe Didier Mahout, who is a huge fan of the music of Django Reinhardt and jazz music. In keeping with the French bank’s philosophy of philanthropy and support of the fine arts, Didier made contact, and together with the help of fellow BNP staff members Dominique Curien and Julia Boyce they arranged the entire financing of this seminal recording project. Realising that the overwhelming majority of recordings dedicated to Gypsy-jazz music did not make enough of a focus on Django Reinhardt as a great composer, Weltlinger decided to make this album exclusively centred around Django’s unique, quirky and darkly beautiful compositions. As well as the most well-known of Django’s compositions such as “Minor Swing” and “Nuages” are compositions that very rarely see the light of day such as “Nympheas” and “Tell Mozart” that are given a new breath of life, serving as a gentle reminder of his genius not only as one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time but perhaps more importantly one of the truly great jazz composers and innovators of his era.

BNP Paribas is a European-based leader in global banking and financial services with an extensive global banking network of over 200,000 people in more than 80 countries. In Australia, BNP Paribas has been supporting the Australian economy for 130 years since its establishment in 1881.

BNP Paribas is committed to supporting the performing arts, culture, education, the environment and medical research through its corporate philanthropy programme, managed by the BNP Paribas Foundation.

The BNP Paribas Foundation has helped nearly 20 jazz musicians over 16 years forge their careers by supporting recordings and promoting concerts. BNP Paribas also encourages talented young musicians as a sponsor of the Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition since 2006. This international competition has provided initial exposure for a number of young jazz musicians who now enjoy an international reputation.