Claude Bourbon - Medieval & Spanish blues
Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.
Claude's inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is 'Claude'.
It is very hard to describe the almost endless amalgam of different influences in Claude's playing, all melting into each other, as he moves from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearic's to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that is music that would not have been out of place in the courts of Emperors and Kings.
Claude Bourbon weaved his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavours of Europe and beyond. His Spanish medieval blues evolved into Gypsy, Eastern European, with a splash of Paco de Lucia, Delta Blues and more. Holding audience attention under a musical spell.
It's not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear if you are fortunate to catch one of Claude's gigs, it is a sort of sensory experience like no other. A top master of his craft and never appearing to be rushed, he has impeccable timing and makes things that one can only marvel at seem simple.
Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists' influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple's Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach....
Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.
Experience an evening of exploration in the unique ambiance of the Thumb!
" Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today... his playing is almost indescribable" - The Hook, Charlottesville, USA
"Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45", Bob, Tucson, AZ
"A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso..."Altadena News, USA"
"...This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience - from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers...", BBC, UK
Warren Sirota and David Levitt; It Had To Be You -- Gypsy Jazz!
Warren Sirota and David Levitt are veteran musicians who formed the It Had To Be You band in order to share the joy and excitement of "gypsy jazz" with audiences everywhere. This style of music, created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in the early 20th century, features foot-tapping numbers with hot solos, driven by rhythm guitars pushing out chords in the unique "le pompe" style.
Warren and Dave, along with their frequent special guests, play songs from the gypsy jazz repertoire (which includes quite a few jazz standards given unique treatments) with panache and humor, and occasionally skill. You'll come away with your fingers snapping, humming an infectious melody, and knowing a little more about the legacy of the great genius of the guitar, Django Reinhardt.
Audience members agree:
"Warren and Dave are outstanding musicians who very clearly enjoy playing together. The result is a thoroughly impressive gypsy jazz performance we guarantee you will enjoy."
Scott and Pam
"These guys have great chemistry and spur each other on to be their best guitaring selves. I've also followed Warren through his rock, electronic, and classical days and love seeing him bring all his chops to gypsy jazz."
Brian from Manhattan