Olli Soikkeli and Rhythm Future Quartet.
Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991 and is now based in New York City. He started playing guitar at the age of 12. After a few years of playing Olli was introduced to the music of Django Reinhardt, and Gypsy Jazz has been Olli’s main focus ever since. Soon Olli was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland. He has played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Stochelo Rosenberg, Tommy Emmanuel, Andreas Öberg, Cyrille Aimee, Anat Cohen, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu. In 2011, Olli recorded his first album "Trois Générations" with Hot Club de Finlande and Vitali Imereli. In 2012 he recorded his second album "Kouvola Junction" with Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud van den Berg. 2014 Rhythm Future Quartet's debut album was released. The Wall Street Journal wrote “Olli Soikkeli, a riveting Finish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.” Despite his young age he’s already considered by many to be one of the most important players in the Django scene.