Gypsy Jazz guitarist
Tolga During is a Gypsy Jazz Guitarist that grew up in the Netherlands and is currently living in Italy.
He has performed at many of the most prestigious jazz festivals and venues in and outside Europe.
He has recorded 10 albums as a bandleader and many more as a sideman.
He has performed with Antoine Boyer, The Rosenberg Trio, Robin Nolan, Angelo Debarre, Adrien Moignard and many others..
He has taught Gypsy Jazz at several music schools, and has given workshops and masterclasses at conservatories and festivals. He is also co-author of the book Manouche Gypsy Jazz Guitar.
'Tolga shows an ever-renewed imagination, with fresh poetry and a stirring swing. Point Of View is one of the best swing manouche albums of the last five years.'
Serge Warin, Canal Blue
'Tolga is much talented, his pure articulation together with beautiful tone is a delight. His trio goes beyond and renews the genre with an assertive personal style.'
Francis Couvreux, Etudes Tsiganes
'Fascinating repertoire, catchy arrangements, virtuose and swinging improvisations and an incredible mastership.'
Akustik Gitarre, Germania
'Tolga is a musician who combines a unique and arresting style with a masterful technique. His music is striking yet remains pure and uncluttered.'
Turkish Daily News
'Beautiful, powerful, and most importantly, happy!'
Dmitry Shakin, Radio Vladivostok, Russia
'Hot Stuff played with passion!'
Michael Dregni, Vintage Guitar Magazine, USA
'definitely well played'
Neri Pollastri, All About Jazz
'With the resurgence of gypsy jazz both in Europe and North America, the Tolga Quartet adds another fine voice swingin' with the best of them'
Kirk Albrecht, Minor7th com