Bruno Gil, born in 1986, began playing the guitar at age 10, studying at the FMI school of La Rochelle with Thierry Bouyer. At 14, he discovered the tunes of Django Reinhardt, whose music his own grandfather had listened to and admired as a fan of swing and the Hot Club de France.
Django’s appeal, transcending generations, is a revelation to Bruno!
His earlier interest in rock, blues and reggae gives way to assiduous practice of the jazz guitar. He learns the principles of gypsy guitar accompaniment. Improvisation follows, self-taught by heeding the gypsies’ advice: play with your ears and your heart.
He takes his first steps in gypsy jazz (also known as “jazz manouche”) participating in various bands in his home region of La Rochelle. These bands are composed of guitar, violin, double bass, and clarinet: all elements to conjure the soul of swing.
He moves to Rennes in 2010 and collaborates on stage with various jazz music groups. He then performed in different stages of Brittany and Paris area.
In 2012, he tours Japan during a month and a half. Drawn by the quality of Japanese jazz musicians and charmed by this country, Bruno GIL is now willing to pursue his road in the Land of the Rising Sun.
The journey continues...