Tcha Limberger is one of the most important figures in the music of the Carpathian Basin and a leading figure in the world of Gypsy jazz. His nurturing approach to teaching almost forgotten traditional musics has invited unparalleled praise worldwide from professionals and public alike. Critics remarking on his achievements have claimed he is ’entirely made of music’, ‘The Polymath king of Gypsy music’, whilst musician colleagues refer to him as ‘the fifth element’.Born into a renowned Belgian family of Manouche musicians, Limberger grew up in a world of the Gypsy swing style of Django Reinhardt, and over the years has collaborated with many of its leading performers, including the celebrated Fapy Lafertin. His eclectic musical tastes, interests and passions were formed from early childhood with his first solo concerts singing Flamenco whilst accompanying himself on guitar were aged just eight. He has an ongoing fascination and love for traditional music from the world over.
I met with Tcha in London whilst he was in town playing some gigs with 'The Kamao Quartet'. We chatted for over an hour, Tcha was a perfect first interviewee for me as he has so much information and a great outlook on music in general! Hope you enjoy.
(The music at the start is Tcha warming up and sounding great!)
(The outro music is Benny Golsons 'Whisper Not' recorded by me and my band Latchepen)