OK, here’s your first assignment from Emmanuel Kassimo:
I’m kidding. That’s assignment 3. But in case you are interested there are more “lick” videos from him available on youtube.
Emmanuel began playing this music at the age of 10 with his father, grandfather and uncles—all guitarists. Until he was 20 he scarcely played outside the circle of his family and close friends. (Among them, a friend of ours, too—Stephane Wrembel.) In the mid 90’s he settled southwest of Paris, in the region where Django spent his final years and which is to this day an important center of jazz manouche. There he met his longtime rhythm guitarist, Pablo Robin, and in 1999 they established the group with which Emmanuel is primarily associated, Am Ketenes. (“All together” in the Tsigane language.) Here they are playing a tune on which Django Reinhardt took one of his most famous—and most studied—solos, “I’ll See You In My Dreams.”
Emmanuel credits Pablo’s father, Retcha Robin, as an important influence in another of his specialties—one that sets him well apart from most other riff slingers—the singing of manouche songs that have no place in the “jazz” canon. For a sampling of that, here he is again with Am Ketenes singing “Pash tute.”
We have been trying to get Emmanuel Kassimo here for years. After a couple false starts, it’s going to happen in 2017. A generous, accessible and skilled teacher, he is genuinely eager to share what he has to offer with you here at Django in June. You should be just as eager to take him up on the offer.