Olli Soikkeli & Julien Labro Quartet

Olli Soikkeli & Julien Labro Quartet

Finnish guitarist, Olli Soikkeli and French accordionist, Julien Labro, met each other at a festival in Colorado in 2016.  Both based in New York City, they decided to join forces and bring their new take to the Gypsy Jazz style.  Joined by Brazilian bassist, Eduardo Belo and rhythm guitarist, Max O’Rourke, they’ll be performing their dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions.

Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland, in 1991 and is now based in New York City.  He started playing guitar at age of 12.  After a few years of playing, Olli was introduced to the music of great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz has been his main-focus ever since.  Soon he was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland.  In 2014, after touring Europe, Olli decided to move to New York City, where he has played legendary venues such as Birdland Jazz Club, Blue Note and the Lincoln Center, with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Stochelo Rosenberg, Tommy Emmanuel, Andreas Öberg, Cyrille Aimee, Anat Cohen, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu.

In 2011 Olli recorded his first album, “Trois Générations“, with Hot Club de Finlande and Vitali Imereli.  In 2012, he recorded his second album, “Kouvola Junction“, with Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud Vandenberg.  2014 Rhythm Future Quartet’s debut album was released.  In 2016 Rhythm Future Quartet’s second album ‘Travels’ was released, which received rave reviews including Best albums of 2016 by Huffington Post and All About Jazz magazines.

Julien Labro, has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneón players in both the classical and jazz genres.  French-born Labro was influenced early on by traditional folk music and the melodic, lyrical quality of the French chanson.  Upon discovering the music of jazz legends like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Django, he quickly became inspired by the originality, freedom, creativity, and the endless possibilities in their musical language.  After graduating from the Marseille Conservatory of Music, Labro began winning international awards, then moved to the United States, where he earned graduate degrees in Classical Music, Jazz Studies and Composition.  Julien draws from both his diverse academic background and eclectic musical influences in his professional life as a performer, arranger, and composer.

Piazzolla, a major influence and the reason Julien picked up the bandoneón, is also the title of his album with classical guitarist and Grammy-award winner, Jason Vieaux and A Far Cry chamber orchestra.  Other releases include Grammy-award winning vocalist Cassandra Wilson’s Another Country and critically acclaimed Hot Club of Detroit’s Junction, which features many of Labro’s original compositions.

Olli Soikkeli – Lead Guitar
Julien Labro – Accordion
Max O’Rourke – Rhythm Guitar
Eduardo Belo – Bass