Posted April 2022
If you've followed Boomerocity for very long at all, you know that our wheelhouse is pretty much classic rock, blues, rhythm and blues, and country as well as good jazz.
Every once a while, I get to talk to a person that is very good in their craft in the jazz genre. I was recently introduced to the work of Stephane Wrembel as well as having had the opportunity to interview him. He came out with an album last year and is about to go on tour.
He's got quite a following and he's a guitar instructor as well. He writes a lot of his own music, but he's also an interpreter of Django Reinhardt’s body of work. If you're into jazz at all, you'll definitely come across Django Reinhardt, whether you realize it or not. Stephane does an amazing job of interpreting - not mimicking, but interpreting - Django’s work.
Wrembel’s latest album, The Django Experiment VI, is the sixth installment (obviously) of his interpretation - and music influenced by – Django. In my interview with Stephane, we got to talk about that album. He is very creative, very passionate, very emotive about his work and his love of people. I loved talking with him. I look forward to talking to him a lot more in the years to come.
You can watch the interview, below. Underneath it is the press release announcing Stephane's latest tour. Be sure to check out the tour itinerary contained in it. You can follow him at his website, StephaneWrembel.com as well as on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
The Boomerocity Interview With Stephane Wrembel
RENOWNED JAZZ GUITARIST STEPHANE WREMBEL (“BISTRO FADA” FROM MIDNIGHT IN PARIS) ANNOUNCES U.S TOUR DATES IN SPRING 2022
“Perhaps the most creative improviser in Gypsy jazz today, Mr. Wrembel plays the guitar with a rich and colorful lyricism” - New York Times
“Stephane Wrembel just might be the greatest acoustic guitarist alive” - The Aquarian
“For North Americans, Stephane Wrembel represents the living face of gypsy jazz” - The New York Observer
Critically-acclaimed Jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel--most known for his original composition “Bistro Fada” from the Academy Award®-winning film, Midnight in Paris—is embarking on a tour in California in January of 2022—his first shows in CA since 2016-- with long-time band-mates Josh Kaye (guitar), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass) and Nick Anderson (drums). Showcasing their unparalleled prowess on the stage, the quartet will be performing Wrembel’s original compo-sitions, including music from Wrembel’s latest release, The Django Experiment VI--which embod-ies improvisation among long-time collaborators at its finest—as well as compositions by legenda-ry jazz guitarist/composer, Django Reinhardt, and other select composers.
Stephane Wrembel is a composer, teacher, and one of the most heralded guitarists in the world spe-cializing in the style of Django Reinhardt. Wrembel - who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside - has had a remarkable career, headlining shows worldwide while releasing 16 albums under his name and the nom de plume, The Django Experiment. In addi-tion to “Bistro Fada,” the theme song for Midnight In Paris, his original composition “Big Broth-er” was featured in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Midnight In Paris won the Grammy Award® for Best Soundtrack, and Wrembel has hand-selected by Hans Zimmer to perform in an all-star en-sembel at the 2012 Academy Awards®. Most recently, Wrembel recorded the entire score for Woody Allen’s new film, Rifkin’s Festival, which released on January 28th.
In October of 2019, Wrembel released the highly regarded Django L’Impressionniste, featuring 17 of Reinhardt’s early preludes for solo guitar, followed by a book of his transcriptions in April of 2021. He is the only guitarist who can perform this entire repertoire.
After the California tour, Wrembel will be gearing up for his annual Django a Gogo Music Festival and Guitar Camp. Since 2003, Wrembel has brought together some of the finest musicians in the world to celebrate the Sinti guitar style at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Town Hall. Django a Gogo is scheduled for March 2-6, 2022, in Maplewood, N.J., and New York City.
Thursday, March 31- Workshop at UNT Denton- 5PM-7PM
Friday, April 1- Saturday, April 2- Windmills, The Colony, TX
Thursday, April 21- Blue Llama - Ann Arbor, MI
Friday/Saturday, April 22 & 23 -Green Mill Chicago, IL
Sunday, April 24 - Bop Stop- Cleveland, OH
Monday, April 25- The Refectory- Columbus, OH
Tuesday, April 26- Club Cafe- Pittsburgh, PA
Wednesday, April 27- World Cafe Live - The Lounge- Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, May 4 - Red Bird- Ottawa, ON
Thursday, May 5- The Bourgie Hall - Montreal, Canada
Friday, May 6- Maison de la Culture- Warwick, Canada
Saturday, May 7- Rivieres CAN Quebec, Canada
Tuesday, May 10 & Wednesday, May 11- Alliance Francaise- Toronto
Thursday, May 12- TBA - Ithaca
Saturday, May 21- The Mainstay- Rock Hall, Maryland
Saturday, May 26- Ramshead On Stage- Annapolis, MD
Friday, May 27- City Winery, D.C
Saturday, May 28 - TBA
Sunday, May 29- Charleston Music Hall- Charleston, SC
Tuesday, May 31- The Southern- Charlottesville, WV
Django New Orleans Shows- June 9-11- Joe’s Pub, NYC
Tickets for all shows are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.stephanewrembel.com. All dates are subject to change.