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Django A Gogo Festival Goes Virtual!

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On Saturday, December 19th, one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music, Stephane Wrembel presents with Third Row the Virtual Edition of the Django A Gogo Festival celebrating the life and music of legendary musician, Django Reinhardt. An interactive guitar workshop and two very special concerts will be streamed live from the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.

  • Interactive Guitar Workshop with Stephane Wrembel

Saturday, December 19th at 11:00 a.m. EST 

This guitar workshop is a master class on rhythm and improvisation in the context of the Django Reinhardt style. Improvising is often thought to be a relationship between scales and chords, but in reality it is about  inventing melodies on the spot. How does a melody work? What is the role of harmony and rhythm in creating melodies? And how did Django Reinhardt conceive it? 

The workshop is open to all ages, levels and instruments. Participants will be able to submit questions to Mr. Wrembel.

  • The Django Experiment 

Saturday, December 19th at 3:00 p.m. EST

For this show, Wrembel will primarily perform songs from his 2020 release, The Django Experiment V,  accompanied by long-time collaborators Thor Jensen (guitar), Ari Folman Cohen (bass), Nick Anderson (drums) with special guests Nick Driscoll on saxophone and clarinet and Daisy Castro on violin. 

  • Django a Gogo All-Stars

Saturday, December 19th at 9:00 p.m. EST

A full 8 piece band will perform the traditional Django Reinhardt repertoire for the grand finale of Django a Go Go.  This supergroup, including Wrembel, Thor Jensen (guitar), Ari Folman Cohen (bass), Nick Anderson (drums), Nick Driscoll (saxophone and clarinet), Daisy Castro (violin) with special guests David Langlois (washboard) and Josh Kaye (oud and guitar), quite simply presents some of the most highly regarded jazz musicians in the country on one stage for a magical night of music in a setting conducive to improvisation with each musician pushing their own boundaries to evoke new interpretations of Reinhardt’s music as well as a few songs by other jazz and gypsy jazz composers.

  • Django A Gogo Festival Bundle

Saturday, December 19th

Spend the day with Stephane Wrembel and his talented ensemble. Enjoy two distinct concert performances as well as the interactive guitar workshop. The Festival Bundle includes access to each performance for 1-week after the live broadcast.Tickets are $15 per show or $25 for two shows. The workshop is $30. There is an option to add on demand for one week for $5. Patrons may purchase a bundle to include the two shows, workshop and on demand for one week for $50. Tickets may be purchased here.

About Django A Gogo Festival

Django A Gogo has been created by Stephane Wrembel - "perhaps the most creative improviser in Gypsy jazz today" as defined by the New York Times - in 2003. This festival is a world class evening of gypsy jazz performed at the highest level of musicianship. The concert repertoire follows the Django canon and veers into reinterpretation, improvisation and interplay between musicians from various backgrounds, who celebrate the Sinti guitar style to perform in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Town Hall in New York City! This year, the virtual edition offers you the opportunity to experience the show in the comfort of your own living room!

About Stephane Wrembel

Stéphane Wrembel is one of the preeminent guitarists specialized in the Django Reinhardt style. Born in France and now based in New Jersey, Wrembel is best known for his Grammy Award®-winning composition “Bistro Fada” from the Academy Award®-winning Woody Allen movie "Midnight in Paris."  Since 2001, Wrembel has released over a dozen critically acclaimed albums including a series of recordings in tribute to Reinhardt under the nom de plume, The Django Experiment.

Wrembel has headlined Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall in NYC and The Lyon Opera House in France, toured with master violinist Mark O’Connor and shared stages with everyone from Sam Bush, Stochelo Rosenberg, Esperanza Spalding, and Al Di Meola.  Wrembel has dazzled audiences at such major gatherings as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Django Reinhardt Festival in France, Ellnora--The Guitar Festival, Caramoor Jazz Festival presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center and many others. He has toured Canada, France, Israel, UK, India and Nigeria. In 2003, Wrembel created his own annual event, "Django A Gogo Festival", where he and others influenced by Reinhardt celebrate the Sinti guitar style.

In 2020, Wrembel recorded the score for the soon to be released Woody Allen movie, “Rifkin’s Festival.”  He has recorded an album with his band and heralded jazz pianist, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Nick Driscoll on saxophone and clarinet, in conjunction with Django A Gogo 2020 festival. He also plans on releasing Django New Orleans

This event is presented in partnership with Water is Life Records, Arté Boréal, Town Hall and Alliance Française Toronto - with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. Other partners include TSF JAZZ, Le Duc des Lombards, Festival Django Reinhardt, djangoguitars.com, Barbès Brooklyn, Windmill Craftworks, La Maison de la musique.