Concert: Stephane Wrembel

Concert: Stephane Wrembel

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

6:00 PM–8:00 PM
The Clark
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A study in pleasing paradoxes, jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel and his band mix nonchalance with joyful virtuosity, carrying on the genre-breaking traditions of jazz guitar. 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 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. Bring a picnic and your own seating.