French-Austro-Hungarian-Israeli family background, Sydney-born/Berlin
based violinist and composer Daniel Weltlinger has been widely
acclaimed worldwide by critics and audiences alike for his distinctive
sound and improvisational approach in the genres of Gypsy-swing, jazz,
klezmer and experimental/free-improvised music. He is frequently in
demand as a solo recording/performance artist with some of the world’s
top musicians in a variety of different formats, and is highly sought
after for his technical and musical mastery on his main instrument.
'This album is often so swollen with beauty it is like time-lapse
photography of tulips blooming. The final instalment of Daniel
Weltlinger's trilogy paying homage to Django Reinhardt, it consists of
Weltlinger's own compositions – from lilting waltzes to surging swing –
played with a band including his long-term collaborator Lulo Reinhardt
(Django's great-nephew) on guitar. Several tracks have no fewer than
five acoustic rhythm guitars (played by Lulo and his nephews,
underpinned by Harold Becher's bass) creating the sort of thrust
usually associated with jet engines, and if that wasn't going to get
Weltlinger's violin airborne, nothing would. Not that becoming airborne
is a challenge for the violinist, whose plush tone has a built-in
soaring quality, whether he plays with scything velocity or leaves
notes hanging in the air with such poignancy that time itself seems to
stand still. '
John Shand -
Sydney Morning Herald, March 24, 2017.