For Immediate Release
August 4, 2022
CLARK ART INSTITUTE PRESENTS CONCERT BY STEPHANE WREMBEL
Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Wednesday, August 24 at 6 pm, the Clark Art Institute presents a concert by jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel. A study in pleasing paradoxes, Wrembel and his band mix nonchalance with joyful virtuosity, carrying on the genre-breaking traditions of jazz guitar. This free outdoor concert takes place near the Clark’s Reflecting Pool.
Wrembel grew up in Fontainebleau, France, where he learned his craft among Romani communities at campsites in the French countryside. He took inspiration from fellow Frenchman and celebrated guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt, who spent his last years living in the forested area outside of Paris. Reinhardt, a Romani guitar master, is known for inventing a distinctive style of guitar-playing after his left hand was severely burned in a fire. Although Wrembel is recognized for his stylization and interpretation of Reinhardt’s music, he has created a sound uniquely his own, mixing jazz, blues, classical, swing, flamenco, and rock. Wrembel brings his casual musical elegance to his original compositions, many of which have been featured in films including Vicki Cristina Barcelona (“Big Brother”), Midnight in Paris (“Bistro Fada”), and Rifkin’s Festival.
Since 2003, he has produced the Django-a-Gogo Festival, bringing together musicians from all over the world to celebrate Romany-inspired jazz guitar. Wrembel performs around the world, and has played at major concert venues including Carnegie Hall and the Caramoor Jazz Festival. Wrembel has released sixteen albums under his name and the nom de plume, The Django Experiment, with the most recent installment in the series being The Django Experiment VI. His latest project, featuring musicians from New Orleans, will debut in 2023.
Free; no registration is required. Bring a picnic and your own seating. For more information, visit clarkart.edu/events.
ABOUT THE CLARK
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 285,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June, and daily in July and August. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
Use of facemasks is optional for all visitors. For details on health and safety protocols, visit clarkart.edu/health.
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