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Stephane Wrembel

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From the album The Django Experiment VI
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Stephane Wrembel is composer, teacher and one of the most highly regarded guitarists in the world specializing in the style of legendary composer/guitarist Django Reinhardt; he learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside. He has had a remarkable career, touring the world, and releasing 16 albums under his name and the nom de plume, The Django Experiment.. His original compositions have been featured in three of Woody Allen’s movies including Vicki Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris (“Bistro Fada”) and the score for the yet to be released, Rifkin’s Festival. “Bistro Fada” was included on the Grammy-winning soundtrack for “Midnight In Paris.”

In October of 2019, Wrembel released Django L’Impressionniste on double-vinyl putting the spotlight on 17 little-known preludes for solo guitar Reinhardt recorded between 1937-1950. Wrembel is the first interpreter who has performed all these solo pieces and collected them in one definitive masterwork. For Wrembel, Django L’Impressionniste is a portrait of Reinhardt’s classical side (he was an admirer of Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, the fathers of the French impressionist movement). It took Wrembel 4 years of preparation to learn, rehearse and record these songs. Wrembel spent a great deal of time in 2020 painstakingly transcribing the songs, which were then notated by Adam Perlmutter, editor of Acoustic Guitar. The book is beautifully printed and bound. The book, Django L’Impressionniste, is available on Bandcamp.

The Django Experiment VI is Wrembel’s most recent release. As with the previous “experiments,” it was recorded with Wrembel and his world-class band performing live, with no headphones or tracking, in a setting conducive to improvisation with each musician pushing their own boundaries to evoke new interpretations of Reinhardt’s music as well as songs by composers. Wrembel’s band includes long-time collaborators Thor Jensen (guitar), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), Nick Anderson (drums), Nick Driscoll (saxophone and clarinet) and special guest, Daisy Castro (violin). It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Eric Ritter at The Windmill Recording Studio in Scranton, PA.

Wrembel and his band will be performing Django New Orleans with a special line-up of musicians at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from November 4 through November 7, 2021. Special guests include: Bria Skonberg, trumpet/vocals; Daisy Castro, violin; Josh Kaye, guitar; Nick Driscoll, saxophone/clarinet; Joe Correia, tuba; Scott Kettner, drums; and David Langlois, washboard.

Tickets are on sale now at https://2021.jazz.org/stephane-wrembel.

Since 2003, Wrembel has produced the Django a Gogo Festival, bringing together some of the finest musicians in the world to celebrate the Sinti guitar style to perform in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Town Hall. Django a Gogo 2022 is scheduled the first week in March and includes 5 concerts and an intensive music camp for musicians at all levels. For more information, tickets and to reserve a spot for the camp, please visit www.djanogagogo.com.

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Gear:

Busato guitar 1943

Bob Holo modèle “Nouveau” 

AER compact 60

Ischell pickups 

Kleo 47 magnetic pickup 

D’Addario Gypsy Jazz strings 0.11

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