Join us for our first concert of the start of the 2018-19 church year! Free event; donations accepted; childcare provided.
Ultrafaux is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass that has thrilled a wide variety of audiences from jazz festivals to concert halls & nightclubs since their first CD release in 2014. Lead guitarists Michael Joseph Harris and Sami Arefin trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies. The band often includes top guest artists from the gypsy jazz scene and recently performed at Festival Django Reinhardt in France as the highlight of a European tour that included Brad Brose, Deborah Lartilleux, Renaud Dardenne, Alexandre Tripodi, Lewis Dickenson, and Lisa Liu.
Lead guitarist and composer Michael Joseph Harris made the front page of the Baltimore Sun Weekend section in 2016 and was named one of the top 10 artists in Baltimore by Baltimore Style Magazine that same year. He has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Django By The Sea, Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival, Charm City Django Jazz Festival, the French Embassy, IMT Folk Series, Napa Valley Jazz Society, Django-A-Gogo, and they have toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. Ultrafaux has been featured live on WPFW, WTMD, WDVX, KPIG, KVMR, WRNR, WDVX Blue Plate Special, Fox News Knoxville, and CBS News Baltimore. Michael was the first guitarist in this genre to ever be interviewed multiple times on WTMD, a popular Indie Rock-oriented radio station in Baltimore, MD. The members of Ultrafaux serve as the core trio for Hot Club of Baltimore, a band specializing in the repertoire of Django Reinhardt which often features Alexis Tantau on vocals and a wide array of top jazz musicians. Hot Club was honored to be chosen to perform at the 1st Annual Baltimore Jazzfest in 2016. Harris is Artistic Director and founder of the Charm City Django Jazz Festival held annually in Baltimore at the Creative Alliance.
Here's what people are saying about the band:
“Ultrafaux breathes new life into jazz.” Sam Sessa, WTMD
“These musicians can handle the complexities and breakneck speeds of Roma swing." Tom Cole, WPFW & NPR
“One of the top 10 musicians out there.” Baltimore Style Magazine
"Ultrafaux brings the swinging manouche style bang up-to-date.” Ken Avis, Baltimore Jazz Alliance