The gypsy jazz phenom will put her jaunty spin on tunes by Django Reinhardt (“Minor Swing”), Duke Ellington (“Caravan”), Hoagy Carmichael (“Stardust”) and Charlie Parker (“Donna Lee”) along with engaging Hot Club-inspired originals like the driving “Deviation,” title track of her 2013 CD. She will also delve into world music on tunes from her latest recording, World On Fire. Expect a high degree of virtuosity when this outstanding violinist hits the Exit Zero Jazz Festival stages for the 4th time!
A former child prodigy, Daisy Castro began playing violin at age six. The story goes that her parents found a violin in an antique shop, they handed it to Daisy and asked, “Do you want to play this?” She took to it instantly, beginning with the Suzuki method and eventually studying classical music for six years before discovering jazz specifically the music of gypsy jazz pioneers Django Reinhardt and his Hot Club of France partner Stephane Grappelli. “I began playing gypsy jazz when she was 12,” she recalls. “I wanted to recreate and do the kind of stuff that they did. And at first I was terrified about improvisation. Just thinking about playing things without music written down on a page was horrifying to me. So it was very challenging, but it was definitely rewarding to learn how to do it.”
With her musician parents she formed the family band Infidel Castros, recording the CD Strange Enchanted at age 11. At 13, Daisy played at her first annual Django Reinhardt Festival in France and wowed the crowds at Samois-sur-Seine. That same year she recorded her debut as a leader, 2010’s Gypsy Moth, and followed in 2013 with Deviation. Now a seasoned player at age 21, she’s played at some of the legendary jazz clubs like New York’s Birdland and Washington D.C.‘s Blues Alley and is excited to bring her exuberant, passionate and swinging music to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. Her dynamic playing channels some of the early greats, while adding a modern edge to the Jazz Manouche tradition. Daisy is currently touring to promote her newest project, World On Fire, which reaches even further around the globe for its influences encompassing everything from Django compositions to salsa to traditional Turkish music.