Young violinist, Daisy Castro, started playing violin at the age of 6. She started out the usual way, with Suzuki and classical, but quickly learned to play by ear whatever her classical instructors could not teach her. The same year that she started playing, she took a trip to France with her parents, where she was first introduced to Gypsy Jazz or Jazz Manouche. Intrigued as a listener from the start, over the years she has found this beautiful and passionate music to be a perfect fit for her playing style.
She recorded and released her first solo CD, "Gypsy Moth" at the age of 13, and fittingly, it bears a strong Gypsy Jazz influence.
The summer of the release of her recording, she attended Festival Django Reinhardt, in Samois sur Seine, France, and 3 months later, she attended Djangofest NW, in Washington state. In November, she found herself on stage at Birdland Jazz Club in NYC as a guest of the legendary Schmitt family! In September 2011, she returned to Djangofest Northwest as a performer, opening for festival headliner, Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing !
Daisy has had the good fortune to share the stage with so many amazing players, including:
Antoine and Sebastien Boyer
Stephane Wrembel Quartet
Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
Dorado, Samson, & Amati Schmitt
Hot Club of Detroit
Daisy's 2nd album, "Déviation", to be released in Spring 2013,
reflects the fact that she is now fully immersed in the style,
while adding her own 'moderne' twist to the tradition.
You can find video footage of Daisy's musical adventures on:
and also at: