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Stephane Wrembel : "Django/Debussy" with special guest Jean-Michel Pilc

"Perhaps the most creative improviser in Gypsy jazz today, Mr. Wrembel plays the guitar with a rich and colorful lyricism." - NY Times

Award-winning jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel will be in concert playing "Django/Debussy" with special guest Jean-Michel Pilc pianist and composer on Oct 11 - Oct 12, 2019, at Joe’s Pub – Public theater in New York.

Much more than a precursor of gipsy jazz, Django Reinhardt is considered as one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. Evolving within the effervescent and artistic Paris from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, the famous composer succeed in mixing the gipsy romanticism, the classic French impressionism of Ravel and Debussy, and the dynamic American jazz which was emerging back then.

Perfectly timed to the 109th anniversary of the birth of Django, Stephane Wrembel released his latest album The Django Experiment IV through his own label Water is Life Records just earlier this year, on January 23, 2019.

About Stephane Wrembel:

Best known for his Grammy Award winning piece “Bistro Fada”, which he composed as the theme song for Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris, Wrembel is one of today's leading guitarists specialized in the Reinhardt style.

The unmatched range and versatility of Wrembel's playing and composition make him one of finest guitar players in the world. Wrembel-- who learned his craft from Gypsy communities in the French countryside -- has already had a remarkable career: The prolific virtuoso has been releasing a steady stream of music since 2006 and has truly made his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music.

About Jean-Michel Pilc:

Praised for his improvisations, pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc has performed with numerous jazz giants including Roy Haynes, Billy Hart, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jean Toussaint, Marcus Miller, John Abercrombie, and the Mingus Dynasty & Big Band, among others. He has worked alongside Harry Belafonte as his musical director and pianist and performed a duet with the legendary opera singer Jessye Norman.

Stephane Wrembel, guitar
Jean-Michel Pilc, piano
Thor Jensen, guitar
Ari Folman-Cohen, bass
Nick Driscoll, sax/clarinet/bass clarinet
Nick Anderson, drums