Ultrafaux breathes new life into jazz, while holding onto the sense of nostalgia that makes this genre so timeless and appealing in the first place.
Sam Sessa, WTMD

Meet the band

UltraFaux performs original music which is influenced by jazz Manouche, be-bop, Balkan gypsy music, swing, funk, blues, and French musette.

The band is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass that has thrilled a wide variety of audiences from jazz festivals to concert halls & nightclubs since their first CD release in 2014. Sami Arefin and Michael Joseph Harris trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies. The dynamic Eddie Hrybyk on upright bass holds down the steady swinging pulse and brings his passion for improvisation to the group.

Lead guitarist and composer Michael Joseph Harris made the front page of The Baltimore Sun Weekend section in 2016 and was named one of the top 10 artists in Baltimore by Baltimore Style Magazine that same year. His band UltraFaux has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Django By The Sea, Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival, Charm City Django Jazz Festival, The French Embassy, IMT Folk Series, Napa Valley Jazz Society, and they have toured throughout the United States and Canada. UltraFaux has been featured on WPFW, WTMD, WDVX, KPIG, KVMR, WRNR, WDVX Blue Plate Special, Fox News Knoxville, and CBS News Baltimore. The members of UltraFaux also serve as the core trio for Hot Club of Baltimore, a band specializing in the repertoire of Django Reinhardt, traditional French musette and swing which often features Alexis Tantau on vocals. Hot Club was honored to be chosen to perform at the 1st Annual Baltimore Jazzfest in 2016.

Harris is Artistic Director and founder of Baltimore’s Annual Charm City Django Jazz Festival which featured UltraFaux, Stephane Wrembel, & Rhythm Future Quartet in 2016 for two nights of sold out shows. Aside from returning to Charm City Django JazzFest to be featured along with Leah Zeger, Russell Welch Quartet, and Koran Agan’s group Anouman, UltraFaux will be featured on the final day of Stephane Wrembel’s Django-A-Gogo Festival happening Feb.28 - March 5, 2017.

The Ultrafaux song “Latcho Dromo” was chosen by acclaimed producer Jon Larsen to be featured on Django Festival #9, an annual compilation of the best gypsy jazz music worldwide released by Hot Club Records in 2015, and Harris’ self-produced video Ultrafaux & Hot Club of Baltimore has gained an international audience with over 50,000 views. 

 
 
These musicians can handle the complexities and breakneck speeds of Roma swing, but what makes Ultrafaux really special is that they play original music. We can come close to the experience in 2016 of what it must have been like to hear Django Reinhardt play ‘Minor Swing’ for the first time in 1937.
Tom Cole, WPFW & NPR
 
We sometimes forget that jazz was first and foremost a people’s music meant for dancing and socializing. One evening with Ultrafaux demonstrates why jazz has been so irresistible to listeners all over the world.
Ken Avis, Baltimore Jazz Alliance
 
 
 

Members

Michael Joseph Harris
Guitar

Sami Arefin
Guitar

Eddie Hrybyk
Bass

 

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