Django Reinhardt Birthday Fest

Jan. 24-26, 2020

Join The Freight to celebrate the life and music of Django Reinhardt with three days of shows and workshops. Festival Artistic Director Paul Mehling and The Freight’s program director Peter Williams have assembled an all-star, international lineup of musicians. All shows, workshops & the film screening take place at Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.

SHOWS

All shows take place at Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St in the Littlefield Room, our state of the art listening room

Three Day Passes available for $110 (plus fees, advance purchase only).

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 24TH • DOORS: 7:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM

Biréli Lagrène Trio
Christine Tassan et les Imposteures
Hot Club of San Francisco Reunion

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 • DOORS: 12:00 PM / SHOW: 1:00 PM

1 PM: Screening: The Triplets of Belleville

$7 adv / $9 at the door (plus fees)
NOTE: The screening is free to pass- and ticket-holders, call the box office at (510) 644-2020 or use this link to reserve your free screening ticket.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH • DOORS: 7:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM

Biréli Lagrène Trio
The Hot Club of San Francisco
Henry Acker

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 26TH • DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 7:00 PM

The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
Pearl Django
Paul Mehling/Nate Ketner Quintet

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FREE WORKSHOPS FOR TICKETHOLDERS

Paul Mehling – La Pompe/rhythm playing

Saturday 2-3 pm

For intermediate to advanced players. Class will cover basics of rhythm: 2/4, 4/4 & La Pompe. Also, latin rhythms (bolero, samba, bossa) how to play in a rhythm section, what NOT to do and more.

Bass Playing in Drummerless Bands

with Sam Rocha

Saturday 2-3 pm

Sam Rocha will lead the class in how to be most effective in gypsy jazz bands. Gut vs steel strings, 2/4 vs 4/4 and how to know when to use them. Other topics include how to straighten out a messy rhythm section, how to “push” without rushing (and how to “drag” without being a drag) and when to employ these techniques.

Bireli Lagrene Workshop

Saturday 3-4 pm

The workshop will start with a short presentation of Biréli’s career, then Biréli will come out and play a tune. He’ll answer student questions about his technique and artistic approach to music, then play again, ending in Q&A.

 

Evan Price – Gypsy jazz (and beyond) for Violin

Sunday 1-2 pm

Evan Price is steadily gaining recognition as one of the world’s most confident voices in extra-classical string playing. A native of Detroit, MI, his musical background includes some earnest dues-paying in a variety of genres. From square dance bands to string quartets, from jamming with blues bands to busking in Greektown, Evan’s youthful pursuits all informed his violin-playing and left him with a deep love of chamber music in all forms.

Gonzalo Bergara Workshop

Sunday 2-3 pm

A workshop on composition by Gonzalo Bergara. With over 60 compositions recorded, Bergara has created a unique sound in the Gypsy Jazz community. Learn techniques, ideas, approaches, and routines to write your own music and arrange it for different ensembles.

One piece of music, in most cases, is not written by a flame of inspiration from beginning to end. The inspiration is the spark that starts it. We need to have as many tools as possible to turn that spark into a whole composition, to arrange it for an ensemble, and to write and communicate it properly to the rest of the band.