Titi Demeter

50 years after the death of Django, Manouche Jazz is still going strong and evolving in the Manouche tradition owing to the fact that it is a style that takes its elements from around the world.

For Titi Demeter, it is his Russian Romani heritage that gives him his particular colour.

The Demeter family, as Kalderash Romanis, originated from Bakou in Azerbaijan. After traveling through Moscow, the family arrived in Parisduring the 30s. There, the grandfather Rouwa often encountered Django and still carried with him the melancholy and the zeal of the Russian Rom.

Everyone in the Demeter family plays an instrument. The musical tradition is passed on from generation to generation.

If jazz offers to Titi the space of freedom and expression that is improvisation, he gives to this music the particular colours and the phrasé which are his gipsy musical inheritance.

Titi Demeter, his brother Santino and his cousin Steeve, actually don't hesitate to play in some of their concerts tzigane music along with jazz manouche.

Titi Demeter's success and popularity is likely to continue to grow over the coming years, as they continue to demonstrate technical and interpretive ability rarely seen in jazz music today, establishing themselves as prominent figures in the field of jazz guitar, keeping alive the same elements which ensure that pioneers such as Django Reinhardt remain legendary today.

What the press says about Titi ....

"Improvisation features heavily in his interpretation, and ranges from the explosive to extreme subtlety."

He shook me up! I had never heard anyone play that fast. Guitarists to this day have been trying to perfect it to the extent that Django had.

Titi’s a master improviser; he’s got a great Gypsy talent and a love for jazz. His playing has surprise, unpredictability, moments of gentleness - then all of a sudden some fantastic, fiery run in the middle of everything.
It ‘s very passionate, Gypsy feeling.


" Today, with guitar players, one will have the technique but no feeling, one can pick fast but can't play slow, the other is slow but doesn't have any speed, another won't have the fire of Django. Titi's probably one of the very few guitarists who has most of this together ...... Nowadays there are a million guitar players but the geniuses still remain few - guitarists who can make the instrument talk.

His playing of ballads with such warmth and sensitivity and his tremendous technique on up-tempo performances are truly unbelievable.

Titi can play for you any of Django's tunes ! But the great thing is that he doesn't copy; if you ask him to play a song ten times he won't play it the same twice. He can find unlimited ways to play the same tune.


TD

Compositions :

The trio

Titi Demeter, lead guitar
Steeve Demeter, rythmic guitar
Stephane "PICHTO', doublebass or Santino Demeter, bass

  The quartets

Titi Demeter, lead guitar
Steeve Demeter, rythmic guitar
Stephane "PICHTO', doublebass
+ violin

Titi Demeter, lead guitar
Steeve Demeter, rythmic guitar
Santino Demeter, bass
+ Keyboards

  The quintet

Titi Demeter, lead guitar
Steeve Demeter, rythmic guitar
Stephane "PICHTO', doublebass or Santino Demeter, bass
+ violin or accordion

  The sextet


Titi Demeter , lead guitar
Steeve Demeter, rythmic guitar
Santino Demeter, bass
Stephane "PICHTO', doublebass
Mimi and Volia, vocals

Etc (more compositions are possible) ........
music notesDiscography & Audio Extracts :music notes
 

"Dikave Les Romens"  
(2001)

 

"Jazz Manouche"
 (2004)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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