Gadjo Dilo are a unique music group created with the sole purpose of reanimating the manouche gypsy jazz musical tradition. Their source of inspiration is the great gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, characterized by all great jazz musicians – without exception- as a genius.
Django’s artistic and personal journey and the old jazz sounds of the 30’s and 40’s are listed by Gadjo Dilo as their basic influences. In their first two albums, “Manouche de grec” (2013) and “Manouche de grec vol.II” (2016), they try to explore their love for Django, as well as their love for the older Greek songs.
The band’ s live performances release the magic of the gypsy jazz tradition, giving off a Greek scent and reviving an older era. Gadjo Dilo communicate their energy to the audience and inspire everyone to dance and sing along. Their live set also includes original tunes, American jazz standards, and French songs of the Interwar Years.
A few career highlights: Their appearance in the award wining movie Worlds Apart (HFAA 2016) by Christopher Papakaliatis, starring Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons. Playing at the grand opening of the 2018 Berlin Hellas Filmbox Festival. Their tour in Germany in 2015 which included appearances in Sommer Festival Der Kulturen (Stuttgart) and Radeberger Open Air (Munich) and their performances in two of the largest Balkan Jazz Festivals in 2013: they headlined Bansko International Jazz Festival 2013 and were the first Greek band to participate in Nisville International Jazz Festival 2013, sharing the stage with international artists such as Ron Carter, Nouvelle Vague, Kyle Eastwood Band, Bobby Carcasses and Jazzanova. In the summer of 2014 they shared the stage with legendary greek singer Mary Linda at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a show that has been recorded and released in a double LP. Featuring in two international compilations: The bright side of the road (Feelgood Records 2014), and Global Hits Vol.1 (Lola’s Records 2014).