DJANGO A GOGO™ 2018 — Concerts in Maplewood

Presented at the Woodland

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May 2, 2018

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8pm @ The Woodland
Maplewood, NJ

Django and the Gypsies: A Thousand Year Musical Journey From India to Europe"

Let the history of Django’s music unfold before you for a very special show to kick-off the festival. 

Featuring: The Stephane Wrembel Band, Josh Kaye and many more!

This is the traditional opening concert of Django a gogo, featuring many guests, and lots of surprises! The show unfolds in chronological order, and offers a unique explanation of the origins of the Gypsy style of music. This performance will present a detailed history of the genre’s roots and powerful culture. It is musical, educational, and exciting!

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May 4, 2018

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8pm @ The Woodland
Maplewood, NJ 

Paulus Schafer and Olli Soikkeli Nuclear Gypsy Swing
Featuring Josh Kaye and Ari Folman-Cohen

The grand Dutch Gypsy guitar master, Paulus Schafer, needs no introduction. Paulus is one of the world’s greatest masters of the guitar, and a key figure in the Django style. It is extremely rare to witness so much power, virtuosity and lyricism in one musician.  However, Paulus will be performing with another Gypsy master, whose virtuosity rivals his own. Finnish guitarist, Olli Soikkeli, from the band Rhythm Future Quartet has been touted by The Wall Street Journal as being “among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django”. Muhammad Ali perfectly described Olli when he said, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”. It takes another incredible musician to match the level of virtuosity generated by Paulus Schafer and together, with Olli Soikkeli, these two masters will perform an exciting repertoire certain to blow you away! What a treat to have them perform in Maplewood!

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May 3, 2018

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8pm @ The Woodland
Maplewood, NJ

Daisy Castro’s Hot Club, a tribute to Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France

 Featuring: Sara L’Abriola, Pierre "KAMLO" Barré, Ari Folman-Cohen, Josh Kaye

In 1934, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli created their band, “The Hot Club of France”. Although this is a festival celebrating the music of Django, it would not be complete without paying homage to the great, Stephane Grappelli.  Very few violin players have mastered the techniques of Grappelli while still developing their own sound, like Daisy Castro. She is a unique and incredibly powerful voice in the violin world today. Daisy will be backed up by four very special musicians.  19 year old, Sara L’Abriola on guitar, one of the leaders of the Django Reinhardt style, and a key figure in the New York scene. World class master David Langlois on washboard, Ari Folman-Cohen on bass, and Josh Kaye on rhythm guitar. These four compose one of the finest rhythm sections on earth. This show cannot be missed!

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