Christine Tassan was born in France, but emigrated to Quebec in 1994. Her musical migration led from her first love, singing, through classical guitar and songwriting before bringing her to a serious study of Swing guitar à la Django. You can recognize and enjoy all these influences in the music she makes with Christine Tassan et les Imposteures.
Their most recent CD, Django Belles is a celebration of all things winter. As is true of all their recordings, this one lends rich vocal and instrumental arrangements to an eclectic collection of tunes that can range from the silly to the sublime. I’d put their treatment of Gilles Vigneault’s, “Mons Pays” in the latter category. Mon pays, ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver…
Christine was among the first to make the transition from student to teacher at Django in June. When here as a camper in 2012 she could be found nightly jamming with our most skilled players in Michael Bauer’s suite, the Hot Club of Rm 101. There were many fewer women attending Django in June back then, something that didn’t seem to phase her a bit. Since joining our teaching staff in 2013 she has consistently received rave reviews by the many students who have worked with her. That same year she put together this video montage of her experience of Django in June. Love it.
Students appreciate her patience, her preparation and the self-evident pleasure she takes in sharing her knowledge with them. A couple years ago I asked her to do a short video addressing a question that is of interest to everyone who has ever studied—or better yet, created—a transcription of a Django solo: “OK, what now?” Enjoy this short lesson she was kind enough to prepare. But trust me when I say…you’ll like her even better in person.