‘Koblenz (43:20, 5 stars) makes a thoughtful case for Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz as a kissing cousin to Klezmer. Weltlinger goes deep into the guitarist’s Sinti and Roma roots while touching on his own family history. The songs are an irresistible grouping…’

Kirk Silsbee – Downbeat, August 2015.

‘The music of Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli has spawned countless imitators and revivalists the world over, but where others have used the Gypsy swing idiom as a vehicle for virtuosity Weltlinger brings a refreshing sense of innocence to bear. The violinist imbues the melodies and his sound with a lightness and joyousness that can coexist with any sadness or pensiveness implicit in a given piece.’

John Shand – Sydney Morning Herald, January 4, 2015.

Nomad wander through lands far and wide,
Camped beneath the stars up in the sky.
I awake in Liberchies one day
Beneath looming clouds so cold and grey.

Musique Metisse Saint Marie de la Mer,
Gather my tribe afar.
Music all night through to the dawn
Bal Musette is to be born
Music all night through to the dawn.

Fate brings new sounds to pierce my hurt heart,
Sound of swinging trumpet worlds apart
Louis’s sound forever haunts my mind
Stephane’s soul and mine forever bind

Dark Clouds arrive to break up all love
War and survival thrive
Hard times yet music heals my soul
The Maestro I am so told
Hard times yet music heals my soul

After war is over change comes fast,
Neglect sets and people feel less heart.
Decades after I have left this world
Bale Boldo keeps my story told.

From a land far and wide travel I
Music is all I know.
Fractured history to no end
Music heals and language mends
One day I come to Koblenz.

24.7.14

All songs are the original compositions of Daniel Weltlinger, with additional harmonies composed by Ian Date. Horn and String arrangements by Daniel Pliner (tracks 7-9). Daniel Weltlinger would like to thank BNP Paribas Australia and the BNP Paribas Foundation for their kind generosity in funding this recording project. This recording is dedicated to the life and times of Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) and to the entire Reinhardt family from Koblenz in particular Lulo Reinhardt and the late Bawo Reinhardt (1941-2013). This is a recording also dedicated to reaching an understanding of the complexity of history and circumstance that affects many people from around the world, in particular those from a Jewish or Sinti/Roma background. It is a prayer for peace.

Tracklist

1 Nomad 3:21
2 (I Awake In) Liberchies 3:53
3 Musique Metisse (Saint Marie De La Mer) 4:08
4 Bal Musette 3:15
5 Louis 4:27
6 Stephane 3:35
7 Dark Clouds 4:44
8 The Maestro 4:42
9 Neglect 3:44
10 Bale Boldo 3:37
11 Koblenz 3:37

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Koblenz

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Title : Koblenz
Release Date : July 24, 2014
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Sequel to ‘Souvenirs’ and a tribute to the life and times of Django Reinhardt, the Reinhardt family in Koblenz, Germany as well as the story of Sinti and Roma in Europe.