/// LOU BOUSTANI
Instigator of the Maânouche Swing Quintet fusion project, Lou Boustani has had the opportunity to associate with the masters of Gypsy jazz and he later evolved musically on the Montreal jazz scene. Working with renowned accompanist Tchocolo Winterstein, in particular, allowed Lou to acquire strong technical skills as well as his own Gypsy style. In 2003, he founded Maânouche Swing along with the virtuoso violinist Istvan Lakatos. Since then, the ensemble has performed in most of Montreal music venues. Appreciated for the quality and the sound richness of his accompaniments, Lou was involved in the recording of Nature Boy by Hot Club Records, an internationally distributed label specialized in Gypsy jazz. In November 2007, Lou Boustani created the École Jazz Manouche de Montréal, the first Gypsy and Tzigane jazz music school in North America where many talented Montreal musicians congregate. In January 2008, his recording Django in Montreal was enthusiastically received by the public and the media alike. Lou undertook even more projects and launched the EJMM publishing company that issued his book Accords Manouches, the only Gypsy chords dictionary.