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Les Petits Nouveaux is a jazz manouche collective from Canada/Sweden who draw

influence from the traditions of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. In 2017,
the group released their second album, entitled Stockholm. While their sound is
directly inspired by Django and Grappelli, there's no shortage of influence from other
musical styles. The group complements the jazz manouche style with original
compositions, modern improvisatory forms, and contemporary approaches to
harmony and rhythm. Les Petits Nouveaux have created a signature sound that draws
inspiration from classical music, tango and bossa nova. After having met in Toronto
in 2011, the international collective has maintained a presence on the jazz manouche
scene through a series of concerts, festivals and residencies. As well as international
jazz festivals and residencies at Toronto jazz clubs, Les Petits Nouveaux have been
featured twice at the annual Toronto Tossout Balboa Dance Festival.

Members:
Aline Homzy Montreal, violin
Mikko Hildn Stockholm, guitar
Andy Mac Toronto, guitar

Auxilliary members:
Tak Arikushi Vancouver, guitar
Jim Sexton Toronto, bass

Their most recent release, Stockholm (2017) was recorded in Sweden and Toronto
and features ten original compositions. The album was produced with the help of
Denis Chang (Bireli Lagrene, Stochelo Rosenberg) and was funded in part by the
Ontario Arts Council.

Their independent 2013 self-titled album features novel arrangements of Django


standards, jazz standards, and original compositions. The album features guests Paul
VanDyk on bass and Drew Jurecka (Dave Brubeck, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jeff Healy, Jill
Barber) as a producer and bass clarinetist. The album was mixed and mastered in
Montreal by Denis Chang. In August, 2014, the group undertook a 14 day tour of
Sweden to promote the music and interact with existing fans. With engagements all
over the country, Les Petits Nouveaux was embraced by the jazz manouche loving
fans of Sweden and were endorsed by the Django Reinhardt Society of Sweden.

The group has performed at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Stockholm Jazz
Festival and has toured Europe, Canada and USA. In Toronto, they have held a
weekly residency at "La Rev" in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto, since 2012.
The group has two CDs under their name featuring each members' compositional
voice and improvising style.

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Contact Europe
Mikko Hildn +46 (0)72 033 0489
Russinvgen 8
123 59 Farsta
Sweden
mikkohilden@yahoo.se

Contact North America


Andy Mac +1(416) 453 8809
3-609 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON
M6G 1K1
Canada
andymac.jazz@gmail.com

Another disc that took me back to the early days of building my record collection,
specifically the discovery of Django Reinhardt, Stphane Grappelli and the Quintet of the
Hot Club of France, is a delightful eponymous disc by Les Petits Nouveaux
(lespetitsnouveaux.bandcamp.com). Theres not much information included with the
self-produced CD but surfing the web I have gleaned that this gypsy jazz group was
formed in 2009 when Swedish guitarist Mikko Hildn was studying the manouche
stylings of Django Reinhardt under the tutelage of Drew Jurecka at Humber College. Les
Petits Nouveaux is currently a trio with another original member, Montreal violinist
Aline Homzy and, since 2011, Toronto guitarist Andy Mac. The disc is mix of gypsy jazz
standards (including Reinhardts gently swinging Douce Ambiance on which the group is
joined by mentor Jurecka on bass clarinet) and original compositions, one from each
member: Hildns El Cafecito, Homzys Siva Macka and Macs particularly idiomatic Ville
Belle. At just a half an hour in length this disc falls somewhere between EP and full-
length offering (and is priced online accordingly at just $7), but it serves as a satisfying
introduction to the group, and to the idiom if youre not familiar with it. A very effective
treatment of Gene de Pauls classic Ill Remember April brings this little gem to a close.

David Olds The Wholenote Magazine


Les Petits Nouveaux
I Lilla Salen, Kulturhuset i Mlnlycke, kunde vi den 25 augusti under drygt en
och en halv timme njuta av den kanadensiska Gypsy Swing gruppen Les Petits
Nouveaux.
Gruppens tre medlemmar: Aline Homzy violin frn Kanada, Andy Mac (till hger) gitarr ocks frn Kanada
och Mikko Hildn (till vnster) gitarr Kanada/Sverige, visade upp en sllan skdad virtuositet, huvudsakligen i
Django Reinhardts anda men ocks med influenser frn bl.a. Bartok. Django r de flesta jazzgitarristers
ledstjrna. Gypsytrions djangostil kndes igen frn den frsta tonen, men repertoaren innehll hgst
varierande genrer inom jazzen. Det spelades musik frn Kanada, Frankrike, USA, Argentina, Brasilien och
Ungern.

Django var en belgisk-fransk sjlvlrd jazzgitarrist av romsk hrkomst, en av jazzens mest virtuosa och
stilbildande gitarrister. Trions gypsykvll brjade med ett typiskt djangostycke, Daphne. Drefter spelades
ytterligare nitton ltar och konserten avslutades med den vlknda klassikern; I Cant Give You Anything But
Love. Violinisten visade stor knslighet och felfri teknik. Tillsammans med gitarristerna samspelade de med
stora sprng mellan hga och lga toner med typiska djangoglidnigar.

Trion r internationellt knd och gstade oss i Mlnlycke i samband med en Sverigeturn. Vi som var
nrvarande kan verkligen tacka Leif Allvin fr ett utomordentligt trevligt val. Det blev en ofrglmlig kvll!

Karl Kardos