Django in June

About Our Concerts & Co-Productions

2015 Concert Dates: Friday and Saturday, June 19 & 20.

Please note that owing to a health crisis, one of our previously scheduled artists, Wawau Adler, will not be able to join us this year after all. The concert schedule below reflects that change of plans. If you would like an exchange for a previously purchased ticket, please contact the Academy of Music box office. We wish Wawau all the best and regret any inconvenience this may cause you. That said, we assure you that there is no shortage of talent on hand for Django in June this or any year. These are going to be terrific shows See you there!

Thanks for your interest in Django in June's 2015 concerts. This year we will be back at the historic Academy of Music in downtown Northampton, MA. They will be handling all ticket sales for us (starting Tuesday, April 28th) so please contact their box office for details on available seating and your options for both online and cash purchases. If you are experiencing any difficulties getting tickets, please contact us directly at <djangojune15 AT gmail.com> and we'll help you sort it out.

Below you'll find descriptions of some of the performers we'll be featuring in this year's shows. But with so many talented artists on our Django camp staff, it's always safe to assume you'll be hearing from others as well.

Friday June 19: Sandro Roy / Joscho Stephan with Tim Kliphuis

The Academy of Music, Northampton, MA. 7:30. Tickets $25 advance / $30 door.
Academy of Music Box Office

Our Friday concert will showcase two top-rung German Gypsy jazz musicians and the first of them is a newcomer to us, Sandro Roy. The son of a family of musicians from Augsburg, Germany, Sandro received his first violin lesson at the age of 7. At 13 he was a national prizewinner in the German Jugend musiziert competitions, followed by master courses in Salzburg, Bern and Lichtenberg, classic training in Munich, appearances with orchestras there and in Augsburg, in  2011 the recipient of a special prize from the city of Augsburg. Now all of 21 years of age, Sandro has just released his first CD, "Where I Come From." Apparently, where he comes from is a rich and diverse world in which Gypsy Swing has long since laid claim to some of the prime real estate, surrounded and enlivened by other strains of American jazz, Hungarian Csárdás and Brazilian Bossa Nova. A ticket to this concert quarantees you a tour of that soundscape in good company. All aboard!

Check out this beautifully produced EPK for Sandro's debut CD, "Where I Come From"

 

Sandro's compatriot Joscho Stephan will close out our Friday night show. Just 20 years old when he released his first CD Swinging Strings in 1999, his name was already known to insiders as a force to be reckoned with on the acoustic guitar. That first launch was awarded CD of the month by Guitar Player magazine and since then the recordings and attendant accolades have never stopped rolling in. His most recent release, Guitar Heroes brings Joscho fret to fret with Aussie legend Tommy Emmanuel and two of the best known Gypsy jazz players on the planet, Bireli Lagrene and Stochelo Rosenberg. He was among our headliners in 2010 at Helen Hills Hills Chapel and he brought down the house of worship. Safe to say: having heard Joscho Stephan, he'll be one of your guitar heroes.

Check out videos of Joscho in action here, at his website.

 

Joscho will be joined by one of Django in June's own heroes, violinist Tim Kliphuis (pronounced, clip-house.) Tim will be a familar presence to anyone who has joined us for a concert before, as he has graced our teaching staff and our stage at least every couple of years since this event began in 2004. An internationally recognized expert in the playing of Django's best known sideman, Stéphane Grappelli, Tim first made his name by helping propel the high-octane caravan of Gypsy jazz guitarists like Stochelo Rosenberg, with whom he still tours. He also tours and records as a group leader himself, always bringing his unique skillset to bear in ways that few could. For example, the Richard Strauss Festival commissioned Tim’s trademark improvisations on classical music, which now include Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams, R. Strauss, Britten and many others.

You'll find lots of good videos of Tim here on his YouTube channel.

 

Saturday June 20: Tcha Limberger and Friends / RP Quartet

The Academy of Music, Northampton, MA. 7:30. Tickets $25 advance / $30 door.
Academy of Music Box Office

Tcha Limberger last joined us at Django in June as recently as 2013. In brief: our Django Camp participants want more of his unique genius. He comes by it honestly. His grandfather, the Belgian violinist Piotto Limberger, was a contemporary of Django's and so among the 1st generation of performers to play Hot Club repertoire with a Gypsy twist. Tcha's professional career in music began as a clarinetist in the family orchestra that bore grandpa's name, The Piotto's. His father, Vivi Limberger, was a member of the now-legendary Gypsy jazz ensemble, Waso, with Fapy Lafertin and Koen De Cauter, and it was they who tutored Tcha on Django-style guitar. He's also a brilliant, unconventional, swing violinist and a wonderful singer. So if you want legit Gypsy jazz, Tcha is a quadruple threat.

The links below will give you a taste of Tcha & Friends. Most of the musicians you see on these videos will be on hand to share music from a CD they recently recorded.

Playing Django Reinhardt's, "Speevy" / Playing "Oubli"

 

Imagine, if you will, making this introduction: "Monk, Mingus, Miles...meet Django." RP Quartet, in effect, pulls off that bit of match-making every time they play 1960’s jazz repertoire à la Hot Club de France. And when they do, they bring both traditions into the present. How could they not? These 4 young musicians have been schooled not only at the esteemed Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood but in the hot, hot, hot jazz manouche scene of Paris. Expect sophisticated arrangements and contemporary musical vocabulary masterfully rendered with the instrumentation, rhythmic styling and unmistakable joie de vivre of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.

Enjoy videos of RP Quartet right here, on their website.

 

 

 


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