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 (jazz, flamenco, classical, 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 (Langley) have earned them standing ovations. They also won the 4th European Guitar Award in Dresden. As a result, they will appear in several concerts and have just recorded an album, Coincidence, with the label Doctor Heart Mu.
Antoine Boyer & Samuelito’s personalities naturally blend together to explore a whole range of esthetics. Each of them discovering the other’s music, they 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, Si Fuera Realidad, have already captured the imagination of enthusiastic audiences in many countries.
Antoine Boyer (1996) 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 CD-DVD in 2009, which was acclaimed by French and American critics. His 2nd CD, Leské, received several awards. Following the release of his 3rd CD, Sita, he was chosen as the Révélation 2012, by Guitarist Acoustic magazine, the first gypsy jazz guitarist to get this much-sought 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 also studies classical guitar with Gérard Abiton in Paris and is the winner of the 2015 Montigny Classical Guitar Contest.
Samuel Rouesnel « Samuelito » (1993) 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.