In 1980, at the age of 14, Bireli Lagrene released his first album "Routes To Django." In 2006, he celebrated his 40th birthday, nearly 30 years of which have been dedicated to his extraordinary musical career. Recognized as a genius of the gypsy guitar, Bireli before dedicating a large part of his repertoire to his model, Django Reinhardt, performed rock, fusion or jazz titles with major artists such as McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, Jaco Pastorius and Stephane Grappelli.
Since Gypsy Project (2000), Bireli Lagrene has become a major representative of gypsy music. Bireli and his Gipsy Project group have been touring non-stop since 2001, playing their high adrenaline gypsy swing for sold out crowds in America and abroad. With nearly 100,000 albums sold worldwide (nearly 20,000 in the US), Bireli Lagrene and Gipsy Project are nothing short of a phenomenon.
The first album, Djangology has been recorded with the WDR Big Band (from Koln, Germany). Bireli debuted this exquisite program to standing ovations in his headlining performance at the 2006 IAJE conference in New York. The second disc, To Bi Or Not To Bi - is exclusively composed with live solo performances. Intense moments in which improvisation is king and surprises are plentiful!
An exceptional 2 CD boxset to celebrate the 40th birthday of one of world's most exciting guitarists.