An annual event since 2003, Stéphane Wrembel’s Django a Gogo Festival — celebrating the music of the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt — will take place June 3-6 this year at The Woodland in Maplewood and Drom in New York, with four concerts and a two-day guitar workshop.
“The whole thing is to restart that spirit of community, that spirit of playing,” Wrembel said in the social media video that is embedded below. “So we’re going to have two groups of 10, maximum (in the workshop), because we cannot do bigger. It has to stay small this year because of COVID. There are restrictions and stuff, you know. But still, it’s gonna be live music … jamming. Live (music) is coming back.”
In the past, Wrembel has used Town Hall in New York as one of the Django a Gogo venues, and he hopes to do so again when COVID restrictions are lifted, he says in the video.
Here is the festival’s schedule:
June 3, 8 p.m. at The Woodland: “From Tarrega to Django: The Art of Guitar.” Guitarists Wrembel and Michael Sheridan will play music by Tarrega, Sor, Albeniz, Sanlucar and Reinhardt.
June 4, 8 p.m., at The Woodland and June 6, 7 p.m. at Drom: Wrembel’s The Django Experiment band will play music from their recent CD, The Django Experiment VI. Wrembel will be joined by guitarist Thor Jensen, bassist Ari Folman-Cohen, drummer Nick Anderson, violinist Daisy Castro and saxophonist/clarinetist Nick Driscoll.
June 5-6, 9 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m.: Guitar workshop at The Woodland.
June 5, 8 p.m. at The Woodland: “Django New Orleans.” Traditional New Orleans music played in the Reinhardt style, with Wrembel, Jensen, Driscoll, tuba player Joe Correia, drummer Scott Kettner, washboard player David Langlois and trumpeter/vocalist Mike Davis.
For information, visit djangoagogo.com.
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