AIMS Festival

Tcha Limberger


Award winning multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Tcha Limberger, a blind musician born in Belgium, acclaimed across musical genres, celebrated within the jazz and world/folk music worlds as both a singer and instrumentalist. He has been recognised as one of the most prominent and important figures in folk music of the Carpathian basin and can be found performing worldwide as a soloist in many formations which feature the greatest musicians from across the music world. Stochelo Rosenberg, Angelo Debarre, Fabrizio Cassol, Sebastien Giniaux, Roby Lakatos, Evan Christopher, Fapy Lafertin, Petar Ralchev and Lorenzo Gatto.
His own numerous musical projects are also greatly admired. His touring jazz quartet The Tcha Limberger Trio where he performs as a vocalist, violinist and lead guitarist, features Mozes Rosenberg, Dave Kelbie, and Sebastien Girardot. He is a founding member, vocalist and violinist, of Brussels based string quintet Les Violons de Bruxelles, a group dedicated to performance of jazz standards by Django Reinhardt as well as original compositions.

Alongside his dedication to nurturing many folkloric musics using the violin, he is also at ease singing in nine languages. He is a member of Trio Tatavla, where he sings and improvises in Greek; The leader of both The Budapest Gypsy Orchestra and The Kalotaszeg Trio, where he sings in Hungarian, Russian and Romanian. His inexhaustible interest in various cultures naturally influences his improvisation style in jazz singing and instrumental playing.

He was born into a family of musicians. His grandfather was a violinist who led the band ‘The Piottos’ and his father Vivi Limberger, a guitarist who became the rhythm guitarist of the band Waso alongside Fapy Lafertin –Tcha’s cousin and possibly the most celebrated Gypsy musician since Django Reinhardt. He learned his first two chords on guitar aged six and from the age of eight had started to give solo concerts. Limberger has always had a fascination for traditional music from all over the world and collected a large amount of instruments and recordings. For a long while he led a band of Belgians playing music from Aimara, and Quechua Indians from Bolivia.

Inspired by the clarinettist of a New Orleans band in which he was playing banjo, he started clarinet and studied the styles of both New Orleans jazz, and the music from Budapest, Magyar nota. He also started work with a theatre company: “Het Muzieklod” and Belgian composer Dick Vanderharst who introduced him to contemporary classical music and modern jazz.
When he was seventeen, inspired by stories of his grandfather, and recordings from the Hungarian violinist Toki Horvat, he started to play violin. He split with the Orchestra De Piotto’s, and started a trio with his father and his uncle Bisque Limberger.
Whilst in Budapest on tour he made the decision to learn the violin style Magyar Nota. He learned Hungarian, and when he was twenty-three, he arrived in Budapest and studied intensively for eighteen months with the great primas Horvat Bela.

The polymath virtuoso Tcha Limberger is the King of Gypsy music SUNDAY TIMES UK
Tcha Limberger seems to be made entirely out of music THE OBSERVER UK
Limberger’s voice reaches heart breaking qualities DJANGOSTATION FR
Technical brilliance and defiant passion FROOTS UK
As intoxicating as a vintage dessert wine SONGLINES UK
Simply world class COMPACT NL
Music as natural as breathing LONDON JAZZ NEWS
Music straight from the soul LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Full of energy and pathos SONGLINES UK