Antoine and Samuelito

Friday, September 22nd @ 3:00 p.m.

Antoine Boyer & Samuelito met at the Conservatoire de Paris in Gérard Abiton’s classical guitar class.  They soon started to play together and developed a new duet repertoire combining different influences and techniques from jazz, flamenco, classical, and pop.  They played their first concert together at the Issoudun Guitar Festival in 2014.  Their performances at the Samois Django Reinhardt Festival and DjangoFest Northwest have earned them standing ovations.  Winners of the fourth European Guitar Award in Dresden, they will appear in several concerts and have just recorded an album, Coincidence, with the label Doctor Heart Music.

Antoine Boyer & Samuelito’s personalities naturally blend together to explore a whole range of aesthetics.  While discovering each other’s music, they not only interpret Django Reinhardt and Paco de Lucía, but also other musicians like David Bowie and Roland Dyens.  Their respective steel/nylon techniques merge and form one unique sound, and their compositions Double Sens and Si Fuera Realidad have already captured the imagination of enthusiastic audiences in many countries.

 

Antoine Boyer

drank from the most authentic sources of gypsy jazz, being a disciple of such masters as Mandino Reinhardt and Francis-Alfred Moerman, with whom he recorded his first album in 2009.  His second album Leské received several awards. Following the release of his third album Sita, he was chosen as the "Révélation 2012" by Guitarist Acoustic magazine, the first gypsy jazz guitarist to receive this distinction.  He has played most major Gypsy Jazz festivals in Europe and the United States and has shared the stage with many of the greats.  He studies classical guitar with Gérard Abiton in Paris and is the winner of the 2015 Montigny Classical Guitar Contest.


Samuel "Samuelito" Rouesnel

started classical guitar at seven at the Conservatoire de Caen (Normandy).  Soon, he became fascinated by world music and particularly flamenco that he discovered through the singing and guitar.  Samuelito followed a dual classical and flamenco guitar path, which led him to meet many great performers and made him a very eclectic musician.  Deeply attached to the flamenco tradition, both as an interpreter and composer, this young guitarist already plays a very personal music and his artistic talents are highly sought after.