DJANGO A GOGO® 2020

MUSIC CAMP

MUSIC CAMP REGISTRATION/TICKETS

PRESENTATION

Django a Gogo® Music Camp is a first-class music program providing musicians of all levels and instruments access to the greatest knowledge and teachers available. The program focuses mainly on the musical style of Django Reinhardt (referred to as "Gypsy Jazz" in the USA). The goal of this camp is for students to learn from all the teachers and performers of the festival in an intimate, small group setting, or workshops.

 MORE IS LESS!

MORE quality - LESS students!

For Django a Gogo® 2020, we decided to limit the camp to 30 students. We want the students to have a very close relationship with the teachers (Raphael Fays, Sebastien Felix, Laurent Hestin, Russell Welch, David Gastine, Thor Jensen, Josh Kaye, Stephane Wrembel plus the special workshops guests) and receive as much personally relevant information as possible. We want to maximum interaction and personal connection between the students and the teachers.

To maintain the level of quality we want for Django a Gogo® we need to limit the number of participants to 30.

We will do 3 groups of 10. Each group will receive 1 morning session each day: A 60mn warmup/coffee jam, followed by a 2h class on improvisation, rhythm and technique... In the afternoon there will be a 90mn workshop in small groups with Sebastien Felix and a 90mn themed concert/workshop/Q and A with the entire lineup, featuring Raphael Fays!

 For example:
Group A might be learning with Laurent Hestin and David Gastine the first day. This means, they will spend the entire morning with them-attending their 2h class on improvisation and rhythm.  On day two, that same group will follow the same format with one of the other teachers, and day three, yet another.  On the fourth day, the morning will be organized a bit differently, with more of a collaborative teaching structure.
In the afternoon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sebastien Felix will teach his class. We will have one group of students interacting directly with him, asking questions, playing with him-receiving very intimate, small group instruction, while the other 20 students observe. We rotate that group each of the three days. This provides every camper the opportunity to learn through direct interaction with Sebastien, but also by observing him share information with other students. Everyone will have access to all the material provided by Sebastien.
Following his workshop each day will be a concert/workshop/Q and A taught by all of the teacher/performers and guests! It will be a very interactive and lively class featuring Stephane Wrembel, Raphael Fays, Sebastien Felix, Russell Welsh, Laurent Hestin,Thor Jensen, Josh Kaye and David Gastine plus any special guests…

The philosophy of the camp is no student will be denied access to a specific teacher because he or she is not of a certain ability level.
It is preferable when registering for the camp to already have a basic knowledge of chords and some soloing in one style or another.
However, the doors are open to all! Everyone will get the musical information they need at their own point of development. The teachers and performers have been selected not only for their ability to offer world-class concerts and instruction, but also for their good spirit and their general kindness and humor.
In addition to offering students the rare opportunity to become deeply immersed in this style of music with some of the greatest teachers and performers in the world, the Django a Gogo® Music Camp will be fun and undoubtedly entertaining for all. There will be plenty of coffee, snacks, jams and great times!

 

THE TOWN

The camp will be happening in the charming town of Maplewood, in the heart of the village. The town is a gem in NJ. It is easily accessible by highway and public transportation. It is a 25 minute drive from NYC, 10 minute drive from Newark Airport, and 30 minutes by train from Penn Station New York. Maplewood is full of restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, stores...all within a block of the venues.  

The New York Times had recently published an article about Maplewood "If Brooklyn Were a Suburb". The town is bustling and very hip, the food is excellent, and the whole area (Essex County) is one of the most culturally active in the country.

THE VENUE: THE WOODLAND

Maplewood was our main choice for the music camp for its amenities, accessibility, and artistic vibe. We have been provided with two gorgeous, cozy and extremely functional rooms to host the event. Maplewood is a town of many artists, and the community truly cherishes this quality. The three groups will be taught at THE WOODLAND, as well as the master classes, and the concerts. The Woodland is a gorgeous building with a nice, old-time concert feel.

View of The Woodland concert hall inside:

View of The Woodland concert hall inside:

View of the Woodland outside:

View of the Woodland outside:

 

THE TEACHERS

        At the Django a Gogo festival all of the participating musicians are world-class performers, as well as world-class teachers.

Stephane Wrembel 

While currently based in Maplewood, Stephane is a native of Fontainebleau, France. He spent ten years perfecting his craft in the Gypsy camps of the Fontainebleau area (home of Django Reinhardt). He then moved to Boston and graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 2002. Wrembel has composed music for two of Woody Allen’s blockbusters (“Big Brother” for Vicki Cristina Barcelona and “Bistro Fada”, main theme of Midnight in Paris), both films were Academy Award winners. Stephane was a special guest composer and live performer for the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony where Midnight in Paris was celebrated. In addition, Midnight in Paris won a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack, of which Stephane was the largest contributor. Wrembel has composed for many films, shorts, and commercials. He has recorded seven albums, and tours with his band worldwide, performing two hundred concerts a year.

Sébastien Félix

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Sebastien Felix is a living legend in France. He is regarded as one of the great masters of the Django Reinhardt style, a “guardian of the temple” so to speak. Very few players possess Sebastien Felix’s command of Django’s language. He is not only an extraordinary performer, but an amazing teacher as well. He has a passion for transmission, and had trained many famous players in France (including Benoit Convert from “Les doigts de l’homme”). It will be a treat for all 30 students to receive the extremely valuable information from this legendary master!

Laurent Hestin

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Laurent was Stephane Wrembel’s first teacher when he was a teenager. He is one of the most remarkable guitarists on the planet. Laurent is amazing at everything! He is truly a master of every style and every technique. He is a well-known studio musician as well as live performer.  Laurent also played for years with Babik Reinhardt and Patrick Saussois and is highly regarded in the Gypsy community. He is a fabulous teacher, with a real love for transmission.  His is ability to play just about anything will allow him to teach students Django from a fresh point of view.

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Thor Jensen is part of the Stephane Wrembel Band. Thor is a guitar virtuoso, versed in many styles. He is an amazing rhythm player, soloist, and also possesses an amazing control of the slide. He will bring a very special angle to the classes, by showing complementary techniques to traditional Django. He brings a more American perspective.

Raphael Fays

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Raphael Fays is a living legend of the Django style. Not only is he at the very foundation of the rebirth of Django’s guitar sound (his first album was released in 1979 while he was only 19 years old!), but he keeps on innovating, composing, recording (21 albums so far!), and inspiring the ever growing crowd of Django aficionados. His command of the Flamenco equals his of Django, which is a very unique phenomenon in the world of guitar. He is one of the greatest virtuosos who ever lived.







Russell Welch

Nominated "Best Guitarist" - New Orleans Offbeat Awards 2016 New Orleans, LA

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Django’s first interaction with jazz was with the original sounds coming from New Orleans. The foundation of his jazz playing comes from there. It was natural for us to bring the best Django player from New Orleans! Russell will put Django back in context, and show some things that come from the New Orleans language. There is a way to attack the instrument for mostly acoustic shows, to articulate rhythm, phrases…Django from the source!

David Gastine

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David is one of the great masters of the Gypsy rhythm guitar, and a specialist of the traditional French Musette and Swing songbook. His sense of groove and sound is unmatched in the world today. He has played rhythm for Stochelo Rosenberg, Bireli Lagrene, Tchavolo Schmidt, Angelo Debarre, Sammy Daussat, Rodolphe Raphaelli, and is part of the Selmer #607 project featuring Adrien Moignard, Benoit Convert, and Sebatien Giniaux. He is currently one of the most sought after rhythm players in the world.

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Josh Kaye is regarded as the greatest rhythm player in the Django scene in the USA. A fantastic rhythm player, he is also an amazing oud player. His teaching will focus on rhythm guitar, sound, and the relationship between the ancient technics of oud in relation to the ones used by Django himself.

The camp is limited to 30 students.

Teachers will be rotating to three small groups of 10 everyday.
This is to provide students with the opportunity to receive a wide range of information and advice in a very small group setting

The program schedule is as follows:

Tuesday May 5, 2020

4pm: camp registration

8pm: private solo guitar concert by Stephane Wrembel and guests for the students at The Woodland

9:30pm-12am: jam session at The Cassidy

 
Wednesday May 6, 2020

9am-10am: Warm-up jam and coffee with the students

 10am-noon: Small group classes
Group A: Stephane Wrembel and Josh Kaye
Group B: Laurent Hestin and David Gastine
Group C: Russell Welsh and Thor Jensen

 12-2pm: Lunch at the Woodland for students and staff

 2pm-330pmSebastien Felix Workshop- group A interacts, Groups B and C observe

 4pm-6pmTHEME GROUP CLASS: “Sounds and rhythms of New Orleans”
Raphael Fays, Sebastien Felix, Russell Welsh, Laurent Hestin, Thor Jensen, Josh Kaye, David Gastine and Stephane Wrembel with guests perform songs, and respond to the 30 students Q and A.

 6pm-8pm: Soundcheck/dinner/jam

 8pm-930pm: Concert at The Woodland “The Django Experiment” featuring all artists for the final jam.
Stephane Wrembel (guitar), Thor Jensen (guitar), Nick Anderson (drums), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), Nick Driscoll (saxophone/clarinet/bass clarinet). Guests: Raphael fays, Russell Welch, Laurent Hestin, David Gastine and more!

 9:30pm-12am: Jam session at The Cassidy 


Thursday May 7, 2020

9am-10am: Warm-up jam and coffee with the students

 10am-noon: Small group classes
Group A: Russell Welsh and Thor Jensen
Group B: Stephane Wrembel and Josh Kaye
Group C: Laurent Hestin and David Gastine

 12-2pm: Lunch at The Woodland for students and staff

 2pm-3:30pmWorkshop with Sebastien Felix- group B interacts, Groups A and C observe

 4pm-6pmTHEME GROUP CLASS: “The Art of Musette Waltz”
Raphael Fays, Sebastien Felix, Russell Welsh, Laurent Hestin, Thor Jensen, Josh Kaye, David Gastine and Stephane Wrembel with guests perform songs, and respond to the 30 students Q and A.

 6pm-8pm: Soundcheck/dinner/jam

 8pm-930pm: Concert at the Woodland “Daisy Castro Hot Club”
featuring Daisy Castro (violin), Sebastien Felix (guitar), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), Nick Anderson (drums), Josh Kaye (guitar), Stephane Wrembel (guitar), and surprise guests!

 9:30pm-12am: Jam session at The Cassidy

Friday May 8, 2020

9am-10am: Warm-up jam and coffee with the students

10am-noon: Small group classes
Group A: Laurent Hestin and David Gastine
Group B: Russell Welsh and Thor Jensen
Group C: Stephane Wrembel and Josh Kaye

 12-2pm: Lunch at the Woodland for students and staff

 2pm-330pmWorkshop with Sebastien Felix- group C interacts, Groups B and A observe

 4pm-6pmTHEME GROUP CLASS: “Indian, African and Flamenco Rhythms”
Raphael Fays, Sebastien Felix, Russell Welsh, Laurent Hestin, Thor Jensen, Josh Kaye, David Gastine and Stephane Wrembel with guests perform songs, and respond to the 30 students Q and A

 6pm-8pm: Soundcheck/dinner/jam

 8pm-930pm: Concert at The Woodland “Django New-Orleans”
featuring  Russell Welch (guitar), Bria Skonberg (trumpet/vocals), Scott Kettner (drums), David Langlois (washboard), Joe Correia (sousaphone), Stephane wrembel (guitar) and Nick Driscoll (saxophone/clarinet/bass clarinet), and surprise guests!

9:30pm-12am: Jam session at The Cassidy

 
Saturday May 9, 2020

9am-10am: Warm-up jam and coffee with the students

10am-noon: Small group classes with the entire morning lineup of teachers for a final Q and A

 8pm-11:30pm: The Concert “Django a Gogo at The Town Hall” 


Sunday May 10, 2020

7pm-12am: Farewell Party/Jam/Concert at Barbes in Brooklyn featuring NYC and East Coast bands, as well as some of the camp teachers and performers