MAPLEWOOD, NJ –Award-winning guitarist STEPHANE WREMBEL and his band, which includes Thor Jensen on guitar, Joe Bussey on bass and Nick Anderson on drums, will perform outdoors on the community stage at The Sanctuary, 59 Bogel Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423, on Friday, September 18th and Saturday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. Guests are invited bring coolers and picnic baskets to these socially-distanced (6 ft apart) events in the Sanctuary's spacious meadow. The land trust is open to the public daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and guests are invited to come early to wander the 40 acre land trust. The shows are contingent on fair weather. Tickets are $30 advance or $50 for both nights and $35 at the door. Kids 16 and under free. Tickets can be purchased here: https://djangosanctuary.brownpapertickets.com
Wrembel is also hosting two master class guitar clinics over the course of the weekend. The first class on Saturday, September 19th is dedicated to the subtle art of rhythm and harmony. The second class on Sunday, September 20th will focus on the Art of creating Melodic Lines. Both classes are from 10 am to 12 noon and are $80 each or $140 for both. See the Facebook event page to reserve your space. For more please email email@example.com.
Born in France and now based in New Jersey, Stephane Wrembel is one of the preeminent guitarists specialized in the style of legendary musician and composer, Django Reinhardt, the creator of “Gypsy Jazz.” Wrembel is most known for his Grammy Award®-winning composition “Bistro Fada” from the Academy Award®-winning Woody Allen movie "Midnight In Paris." Aquarian Weekly said, “Stephane Wrembel just might be the greatest acoustic guitarist alive.”
Since 2001, Wrembel has released over a dozen critically acclaimed albums including a series of five recordings in tribute to Reinhardt under the nom de plume, The Django Experiment. The Django Experiment V was released in January 2020 and as with the previous “experiments,” it was recorded with Wrembel and his world-class band, plus special guests Nick Driscoll (saxophone, clarinet) and Daisy Castro (violin), 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 other composers.
In October of 2019, Wrembel released Django L’Impressionniste putting the spotlight on 17 little-known solo pieces Reinhardt recorded between 1937 and 1950. Wrembel is the first and only interpreter who has performed all of these solo pieces and collected them in one definitive masterwork; he is currently working on the transcriptions of these pieces with the plans to release them in a book later this year.
For the show on Friday, September 18th, Wrembel will present The Django Experiment V it its entirety mixing compositions and influences from other landscapes of the musical world aiming to create an inner journey for the listener. On Saturday, September 19th, the band will be performing Wrembel's original material including “Bistro Fada” and compositions from his entire catalogue of releases.
The Sanctuary at Shepardfields is a non-profit organization located on a 40 acre community land trust in the Lower Connecticut River Valley.
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