Tolga Trio
Tolga Trio lavi in Bologna. photo: Francesco Girelli
Tolga Trio in concert
Tolga Trio live at the Terrassa Jazz Festival, Spain. photo: David Rozenmeyer

The Tolga Trio was founded in 1999 in Amsterdam by Dutch-Turkish guitarist Tolga During. The line-up and music are inspired by Django Reinhardt's Gipsy Jazz, which was taken as a starting point for his own musical explorations. The main part of the trio's repertoire is in fact written by Tolga, and in his compositions one can hear influences from all over Europe, Latin-America and contemporary jazz. The first CD 'Bohemia' (1999), was a big success, opening doors to many national and international festivals. Since then, the trio has played at some of the most prestigious festivals like the Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland, and did numerous concerts for radio and television. In the meantime Tolga kept developing his music, and has just finished the eighth trio-album 'Point Of View'. The music written and performed by the Tolga Trio has been used for movies, radio and television programmes and documentaries around the world.

Tolga During - lead guitar
Carlo Montanaro - rhythm guitar
Andrea Lamacchia - double bass

'Tolga shows an ever-renewed imagination, with fresh poetry and a stirring swing. Point Of View is one of the best swing manouche albums of the last five years.'
Serge Warin, Canal Blue

 

'Tolga is much talented, his pure articulation together with beautiful tone is a delight. His trio goes beyond and renews the genre with an assertive personal style.'
Francis Couvreux, Etudes Tsiganes

 

'Fascinating repertoire, catchy arrangements, virtuose and swinging improvisations and an incredible mastership.'
Akustik Gitarre, Germania

 

'Tolga is a musician who combines a unique and arresting style with a masterful technique. His music is striking yet remains pure and uncluttered.'
Turkish Daily News

 

'Beautiful, powerful, and most importantly, happy!'
Dmitry Shakin, Radio Vladivostok, Russia

 

'Hot Stuff played with passion!'
Michael Dregni, Vintage Guitar Magazine, USA

 

'definitely well played'
Neri Pollastri, All About Jazz

 

'With the resurgence of gypsy jazz both in Europe and North America, the Tolga Quartet adds another fine voice swingin' with the best of them'
Kirk Albrecht, Minor7th.com

Tolga During. Gypsy Jazz
Montreux Jazzfestival – Svizzera,Royal Albert Hall – Inghilterra, International Jazzfestival Terrassa – Spagna, Django Reinhardt Festival Torino – Italia, Shetland Folk festival – Scozia, Nardis Jazzclub – Turchia, SJU Jazzpodium – Olanda, PIT – Norvegia, Django Fest – Polonia, Pflasterspektakel – Austria, Killarney Summerfest – Irlanda, Blühendes Barock – Germania, Bansko International Jazz Festival – Bulgaria, Mavrovo Winter Festival – Macedonia, The Quecumbar – Inghilterra, Pori International jazz Festival – Finlandia, Manoujazz Fesival – Basilicata, Calagonone Jazz Festival - Sardegna