written by Jessica Rudman
“Labro is a dynamic performer who took full advantage of the instrument’s expressive capabilities. The orchestra played with vigor, and Labro’s cadenzas were captivating.” Read the full review of Labro’s performance of Piazzolla’s concerto “Aconcagua” with Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Link to full article
by Mike Chaiken
The bandoneon and the accordion often can be found as solo instruments. But for this series of concerts with the Hartford Symphony, Labro will be accompanied by a full orchestra.
“I love the sound of both the accordion and the bandoneon against the backdrop of an orchestra,” said Labro. “I think both instruments work beautifully in the classical setting… Both instruments have such rich sounds that they bring unique textures, depth and tones when layered with big or small classical ensembles.”
For “Latin Lovers,” Labro will be performing “Aconcagua” by Astor Piazzolla.
Written by Jane Simons.
When Julien Labro performs, he wants to change your mind about what the accordion can do. And Labro will attempt just that with an April 27 performance at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Although he has performed numerous times in Michigan, this is his first appearance at the Gilmore, which he has thought was “very cool” for at least 10 years now. “Now, it’s reality. I’m going to enjoy every minute for sure,” Labro said. During the first half of his show, he will be accompanied by a pianist in more of a chamber style featuring classical music. “For the second part, I’ll be bringing my jazz quartet in and we will feature more of my own compositions and the jazzier side of things,” he said. Continue to full article
Written by Susan L. Pena.
In the endless menagerie of jazz formats, an unamplified concert is perhaps the rarest bird of all. But thanks to Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest’s new partnership with the WCR Center for the Arts, that what the audience heard Thursday night when the Hot Club of Reading,
with guest accordionist Julien Labro, appeared in that venue sans amps and speakers…..Labro, originally from France, is a member of the Hot Club of
Detroit whose virtuosity on the button accordion is matched by a dazzling creativity and a big heart, as he demonstrated in solo after solo. Full Review Here
Written by Don Botch. When the Hot Club of Reading plays a Berks Jazz Fest concert Thursday night at the WCR Center for the Arts, it will welcome as a special guest a French accordion virtuoso who 20 years ago crossed the Atlantic to get to the root of jazz, only to discover the music of his homeland. That’s not the way it was supposed to go down when Julien Labro enrolled….Full Interview Here
By J.C. Lee
But in the last year, the 34-year-old’s music has taken him throughout the Middle East, to Kuwait and Qatar, from China to Brazil and more. And this weekend, Labro will travel to northern Indiana to play his accordion as part of the Hot Club of Detroit at the Elkhart Jazz Festival.
The journey all started with a television show. The accordion is a common instrument in traditional…read the rest here
By John von Rhein
New albums find Chicago classical musicians, ensembles and composers blazing new artistic paths, moving into unusual areas of the repertory, refusing to be pigeonholed. Here is a sampling of some of the more significant recent releases that reflect this trend:
“From This Point Forward.” Julien Labro and Spektral Quartet (Azica): What hath Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango revolution wrought? You can hear music by some of the Argentinian tango master’s successors in this album of tangy instrumental arrangements, crafted and engagingly performed by the virtuosic Julien Labro (playing bandoneon and accordions) and the Spektral Quartet. Hang on tight as you plunge into the title track, Fernando Otero’s “De Ahora en Mas,” a frisky ride on a hurtling Latin roller coaster. No more enjoyable crossover release has come my way so far this year.