Martin Taylor and Tommy Emmanuel Spring 2013 UK Tour

Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor Tour Dates

We’re excited to announce that Martin Taylor and Tommy Emmanuel will be embarking on a UK Tour in Spring 2013.  Check out the dates on the Martin Taylor home page and tell your friends.

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel has a professional career that spans over four decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy’s unique style – he calls it simply “finger style” – is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. From the wilds of Australia’s outback to bustling major cities throughout the world, Emmanuel’s flair and showmanship have created an enviable fan base that continues to grow even larger every year. tommyemmanuel.com

Martin Taylor is a multi-award winning guitarist and Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him “THE Acoustic Guitarist of his generation”. He dazzles audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion and humour which has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo fingerstyle guitar playing. martintaylor.com

Martin Taylor and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London

A portrait of Django Reinhardt, the fulfillment of his own symphonic dream, featuring master guitarist Martin Taylor and the breathtaking violin wizardry of Florin Niculescu.

Django Reinhardt and the legendary violinist St├®phane Grappelli perfected a European jazz form in the legendary Le Quintette du Hot Club de France. However, the self-taught guitar genius Reinhardt was also fascinated by symphonic music and left behind a significant number of distinguished compositions which he dreamed of performing in a symphonic setting.

After sold-out concerts in Th├®├ótre des Champs Elys├®es Paris, Victoria Hall Geneva, and Auditorium Lyon, the celebrated Symphonic Django project – a posthumous fulfillment of Django’s lifelong dream – is to be performed for the first time in the UK by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a specially invited line up of international soloists.

Martin Taylor guitar
Florin Niculescu violin
Ola Kvernberg violin
Andreas Ôberg guitar
Jon Larsen guitar
Diego Imbert bass
Alexander Hanson conductor

To book tickets and for more information go to www.symphonicdjango.com

Martin Taylor’s Spirit of Django – Press Pack

Martin Taylor’s Spirit of Django

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If you can imagine the ideal soundtrack to driving through the scented country roads of France on a hot lazy summer’s day then it would be the music of Martin Taylor’s Spirit of Django. To mark the 100th Anniversary of the birth of one of the founders of European jazz Django Reinhardt, Martin Taylor reformed his award winning group Spirit of Django after a 15 year hiatus for the new album, ‘Last Train to Hauteville’.

Martin Taylor first came to prominence in the 70’s through his work with violinist Stephane Grappelli and as such is able to trace his musical lineage back to Django Reinhardt and the original Quintette du Hot Club de France.

In 1994 Martin formed Spirit of Django to re-explore his own Gypsy roots.  Their first album reached No.1 in the UK Jazz Charts with their version of Robert Palmer’s ‘Johnny & Mary’ becoming familiar across Europe as the theme the successful ‘Nicole-Papa’ TV adverts for Renault Clio.  They were voted Best Small Group in the BBC Jazz Awards and went to the top of the US Gavin Jazz Charts.

Award winning guitarist MARTIN TAYLOR has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humour, with a strong stage presence. As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Gary Burton, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Diane Schuur and Jamie Cullum. He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia as well as presiding over the uniquely innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy online.

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Martin Taylor ‘The Spirit of Django’ Suite

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Late 2010 saw the world premiere of an exciting new work for guitar, orchestra and big band with the creation of ‘The Spirit of Django Suite’ by two of the biggest names in jazz, guitarist and composer Martin Taylor MBE and composer and arranger Guy Barker.  Guy Barker came up with the idea of basing the Suite around some of the themes that Martin Taylor had already written for his award-winning group Spiritof Django by creating an orchestral piece featuring Martin Taylor, Spirit of Django, the Guy Barker Big Band, and a full orchestra.

The Spirit of Django Suite was composed to ‘reek of nostalgia’, with many elements of Django Reinhardt and Debussy coupled with the sounds of black and white films of summers in France.  In fact France would also be the home of another key element to the piece, the great Jaques Tati, and this is reflected in a comedic almost cartoon like section in the piece.  The 54-minute orchestral suite is a very rare settingof a full symphony orchestra, a big band plus a small group and Martin Taylor.

Award winning guitarist MARTIN TAYLOR has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognised as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing.  As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humour, with a strong stage presence.  In addition to his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Sacha Distel, Bryn Terfel and Jamie Cullum.  He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia as well as presiding over the uniquely innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy online.

GUY BARKER is an award winning musician/composer and arranger.  As a trumpet player he has performed with many great artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Evans, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Sting and Lena Horne.  His composing and arranging credits include The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kurt Elling, Jamie Cullum, Paloma Faith, Melody Gardot plus many large orchestral projects for the BBC and the London Jazz Festival.  He has also composed music for films including The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Number One Ladies Detective Agency.  Two of his solo albums were nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

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Martin Taylor with Orchestra and Big Band

Martin Taylor and Guy Barker

Martin Taylor song for Japan Tsunami Appeal

The massive earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March has caused widespread destruction and suffering, relayed on television screens around the world. As many of you will know Martin Taylor regularly tours Japan and is due to play in Tokyo on the 4th and 5th April. In order to help raise money for the people of Japan Martin has recorded a tune called ‘One Day’ and is making it available for download here. The download is only $5.00 and proceeds from the sale of this track by Martin go to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. So here are three things you can do right now to help the people of Japan:

  • Go here and download the track for only $5.00 (that’s around £3.00 or Ôé¼3.50)
  • Go here and share the link on Facebook or Twitter
  • Email the following link to your friends – http://ow.ly/4hq0g

Thank you.

Martin Taylor Guitar Suite

A Suite for Martin Taylor, commissioned and written specifically for the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain by Guy Barker will be given it’s World Premiere.

This special evening includes performances from;
Martin Taylor
Spirit of Django
Guy Barker’s Jazz Orchestra
members of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

History will be made on the 19th of November as the greatest jazz guitarist of his generation plays a suite composed by Guy Barker that will evoke both the spirit of Django Reinhardt and the inimitable Martin Taylor. The ultimate jazz concert. Newly orchestrated standards, an explosion of strings, horns and the improvisational prowess of Martin Taylor’s guitar as you have never heard it before.

Tickets are likely to go fast for this show so book yours now by clicking here.

Supported by Arts Council England

Free track

Here is a free download of Martin Taylor’s tune ‘True’. This track is taken from the album ‘Solo’ on The Guitar Label which you can buy from Amazon here.

True (Right click and Save As)

We hope you enjoy it.