Antoine Boyer & Samuelito met at the Conservatoire de Paris in Gérard Abiton’s classical guitar class. They soon started to play together and developed a new duet repertoire combining different influences and techniques (jazz, flamenco, classical, pop…). They played their first concert together at the Issoudun Guitar Festival in 2014.
2016 their performances at the Samois Django Reinhardt Festival and Djangofest Northwest (Seattle) have earned them standing ovations. They also won the 4th European Guitar Award in Dresden, as a result of which they recorded an album (Coincidence) with the label Doctor Heart Music.
The first comes from gypsy jazz, the second from flamenco, and their meeting has given birth to a fabulous music drawing on various origins and inspirations…
Antoine Boyer & Samuelito’s personalities naturally blend together to explore a whole range of esthetics. Each of them discovering the other’s music, they interpret Django Reinhardt and Paco de Lucía… but also other musicians like David Bowie or Roland Dyens.
In addition to their arrangements, a new musical universe is born from their own compositions, specifically composed for the duet. Their respective steel/nylon techniques merge and form one unique sound, and their compositions (Double sens, Si fuera realidad…) have already captured the imagination of enthusiastic audiences in many countries.
Coincidence : the first album of a very special duet… Antoine Boyer and Samuelito were both selected as « Révélation » by Guitarist Acoustic magazine. As a duet, they won the 4th European Guitar Award in Dresden. In this album, enjoy 4 compositions and 4 unreleased arrangements and get a taste of the extraordinary musical achievements of this duet !
Antoine Boyer (1996) drank from the most authentic sources of gypsy jazz, being a disciple of such masters as Mandino Reinhardt and Francis-Alfred Moerman, with whom he recorded his first CD-DVD in 2009, which was acclaimed by French and American critics (Jazzman, Vintage Guitars). He also performed Francis-Alfred Moerman’s works in tribute concerts at the Angers Gypsy Swing festival in 2010, as well as the Django Reinhardt festival (Samois) in 2011. Antoine Boyer’s 2nd CD, Leské (‘for him’, in Sinti language) received several awards, among which Trad’Mag’s ‘Bravo’.
In 2011, following the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Antoine organises a concert in Brussels to raise money for Act for Japan. Following the release of his 3rd CD, called Sita, which earned a « Révélation » award from Jazzman magazine, he was chosen as the « Révélation 2012 » by Guitarist Acoustic magazine. He is the first gypsy jazz guitarist to get this much sought distinction.
Antoine Boyer has been billed by most major gypsy jazz festivals in Europe and the United States. He has shared the stage with such renowned musicians as Philip Catherine, Angelo Debarre, Christian Escoudé, Stochelo Rosenberg, Raphael Faÿs, Stéphane Wrembel, Olli Soikelli, Tim Kliphuis, Jon Larsen, Adrien Moignard, Robin Nolan, Paulus Schäfer, etc…
He also studies classical guitar with Gérard Abiton in Paris. He is the winner of the 2015 Montigny Classical Guitar Contest, and the Révélation Guitare Classique 2016.
Samuel Rouesnel « Samuelito » (1993) started classical guitar at seven at the Conservatoire de Caen (Normandy). He was soon fascinated by world music and particularly flamenco that he discovered through the singing and guitar. Samuelito followed a dual classical and flamenco guitar path, which led him to meet many great performers (Paco de Lucía, Ramón Sanchez, Juan Carmona, Roland Dyens, Gérard Abiton, Arnaud Dumond, Ibrahim Maalouf, Vincent Ségal, Larry Coryell, Antonio Rey, Jerónimo Maya, Pedro Sierra and many others) and made him a very eclectic musician.
His first concert took place on the day of his 16th birthday on the national stage of Caen, broadcasted by France Télévisions. It was the beginning of an international career (France, Spain, Germany, Croatia, United States…).
Deeply attached to the flamenco tradition, both as an interpreter and composer, this young guitarist already plays a very personal music. His artistic talents have been sought for other kinds of projects such as film music, album collaboration, master classes, magazine tutorials, etc…