Django Reinhardt Birthday Celebration
Biréli Lagrène Trio
Christine Tassan et les Imposteures
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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.
Biréli Lagrène Trio
What is left today of the child prodigy that was Biréli Lagrène? - A wonderful musician, a magician of the guitar 's most dazzling, a "choreographer" of the six-strings as they are currently on the fingers of one hand.
From the beginning, music was his language, and the Reinhardt school. Destiny inevitable when one is born, like him, in Alsace (1966), which comes from the large gypsy family, and the chance that identifies you as a gifted in this area. Spirit quicksilver Biréli pigera quickly history. Beyond rigor which was that of learning (with his father and with his brother), this incredible blend of strength and precision Lagrène the badge will grace never forget the essential: "Django m 'helped to see what is happening elsewhere," he likes to recall. This great lesson of freedom, he was able to capture like no other, his first major public benefits (including Montreux, 1981) offer a striking testimony.
Christine Tassan et Les Imposteures
With a decade and a half of bringing their special blend of Gypsy Swing and revisited cover songs to audiences, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures have made a name for themselves on the music scene. The latest show of these four exquisitely talented female musicians brings together some of the best works by Django Reinhardt, Félix Leclerc and American swing composers. With a singular mix of virtuosity, daring and humour, the four-woman string band draws inspiration from one artist’s poetry and the other’s swing to weave a rich new musical universe, an ode to freedom and creativity.
Hot Club of San Francisco Reunion
The Hot Club of San Francisco has been bringing Jazz Manouche (or gypsy jazz) to audiences around the world for 30 years. Hitting all of the great venues: Festival de Django Reinhardt at Samois sur Seine, Monterey Jazz Festival, Wolf Trap Theater, etc.and creating 15 wildly popular recordings. Personnel changes through the years have yielded some great combinations of synergistic magic - including the current lineup on Saturday. Reaching back to the early days in the last century, we're recreating the cast from one of our best-selling CDs "Swing This" featuring founding member Steven Strauss on string bass, the lovely vocals and swinging guitar of Sylvia Herold, founding member Julian Smedley on violin, bassist from the first 2 recordings Evan Dain, and the elegant violin of Jeremy Cohen. There will be some surprise guests too. For our faithful fans who have followed us fearlessly through the years Friday's reunion will be a fantastic show.