Joscho Stephan Trio
Joscho Stephan (solo guitar), Sven Jungbeck (rhythm guitar), Volker Kamp (double bass)
Like no other, Joscho Stephan shapes modern Gypsy Swing with his playing: Through his authentic tone, with harmonic finesse and rhythmic sense, but above all with breathtaking solo technique, Stephan has earned himself an outstanding reputation on the international guitar scene. He knows like no other how to stand out from the multitude of current Gypsy Swing adaptations by combining Gypsy Swing with Latin, classical music and rock in addition to the many interpretations of the well-known classics of the genre. This is where Stephan’s strength as a creative visionary comes to the fore. And that thrills young and old concert audiences alike. Joscho ́s Youtube version of “Hey Joe” has now cracked the 2 million mark. His debut “Swinging Strings” was named CD of the month by the American magazine “Guitar Player” in 1999. The renowned “Acoustic Guitar Magazine” celebrated Joscho Stephan in 2004 as a guarantor for the future of the Gypsy Jazz guitar. For the CD “Guitar Heroes” he was able to win guitar greats like Bireli Lagrène, Stochelo Rosenberg and Tommy Emmanuel as guests in 2015. A total of 4 of Joscho ́s albums were nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award. The current trio production “Paris – Berlin” (2018) was recorded as a direct to disc record production at Hansa Studios Berlin, where among others many recordings of David Bowie were made. On the current production of Daniel Hope “America” Joscho Stephan can be heard as a guest. Musical greats such as Paquito D’Rivera, James Carter, Charlie Mariano, and Grady Tate expressed their enthusiasm after performing together. On the Australian continent Joscho Stephan was on concert tour with Martin Taylor and Tommy Emmanuel. With his own ensembles he has performed at many important festivals throughout Europe. In the USA, too, he has been able to thrill audiences with concerts in Nashville, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and at the legendary Birdland jazz club and Lincoln Center in New York, among others.