"Swiodeschka" fulfils the long standing dream of two artists from different musical directions: to record a CD with music they would only rarely come across in their „normal working lives“. Norbert Scholly, who plays various different guitars, is usually at home in the jazz world and is an established sideman performer on the scene, as well as recording his own albums. Nina
Leonards studied classical violin and has accompanied Reinhard Mey, Manfred Leuchter and Louis Sclavis among others.
They present a musical journey through numerous countries of the world. It includes the blue grass music of the southern states, but equally gypsy swing from Hungary, the Balkans and France. Sometimes traditional (Swiodeschka – sung in a Russian gypsy dialect, Angyalom – sung in Hungarian), sometimes conforming more to a jazz idiom (Round & Round, Sofia), they always present original arrangements for surprising mo-ments.
And things get really exciting when they mix the cultures together. El Choclo even creates a new style: “Bango”, a combination of Balkan and Tango music. In El Amor en el Cielo, a hint of Spanish fervour is injected into the Balkan sound. The duo Topolino was founded in 2007. “The smallest possible combo is a great challenge for musicians, since it is a completely different form of collaboration and com-munication compared to a band,” Norbert Scholly explains. The CD "Swiodeschka" now presents the result of nearly three years of live performances, with a selection of pieces that have emerged as high-lights during that period.
Nina Leonards - violin, voice
(Musical studies in Maastricht, classical violin / extended stays in Hungary and Romania / various projects with artists including Reinhard Mey, Manfred Leuchter, Nicolas Simion and Louis Sclavis)
Norbert Scholly - guitars
(European Jazz Competition Soloist Prize / Guitar lecturer at the Mainzer Hochschule / various projects including WDR Big Band productions).
Guest on "Swiodeschka": Nicolas Simion - saxophone, clarinet