DJANGO A GOGO™ 2019

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 workshop.

The camp is limited to 30 students. We will do three groups of 10 students. Each group will receive two morning classes each day: A 90-minute class on rhythm, and a 90-minute class on improvisation. Each day, there will be a 90-minute workshop with Stochelo Rosenberg, followed by a 90-minute workshop with a guest teacher/performer and a concert in the evening. 

For example:

Group A might be learning with Samy Daussat and David Gastine the first day. This means, they will spend the entire morning with them-attending their 90mn classes 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 (with one workshop in the afternoon). 

In the afternoon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Serge Krief will teach his class. We will have one small group of students interacting directly with him, asking questions, and 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 Serge, but also by observing Serge share information with other students. Everyone will have access to all the material provided by Serge.

Following Serge’s 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, Serge Krief, Lior Krief, Ezeckiel Krief, Samy Daussat and David Gastine plus any special guest…  

The philosophy of our camp, and what sets us apart from others 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 developmentThe 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, patience, and humor.

 

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 VENUES

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 first of the two venues is The Woodland. Four groups will be taught in this space, as well as the master classes, and the concerts. The Woodland is a gorgeous building with a nice, old-time concert feel. The other venue is the Burgdorff Center, which is one block away from The Woodland. Everything is convenient and nearby. The Burgdorff Center will host two groups of students.. 

 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 Woodland is a gorgeous building with a nice, old-time concert feel. The other venue is the Burgdorff Center, which is one block away from The Woodland. Everything is convenient and nearby. The Burgdorff Center will host two groups of students.

 This is a view of the Burgdorff Center from outside. It looks and feels inside and outside like an old European home.

This is a view of the Burgdorff Center from outside. It looks and feels inside and outside like an old European home.

 

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.

Serge Krief

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Serge Krief is a legend in the Parisian Gypsy Jazz scene. He has trained almost all the best young players in France. He was a disciple of Matelo Ferret (Django's accompanist) for 6 years. It is a tremendous honor to have Serge be a part of Django a Gogo, because he has never pursued an international career despite many offers from around the world. He has been invited to tour with the biggest names in jazz, but has categorically refused every single offer that came his way, preferring to live a humble life in his native France where he continues to teach and play intimate concerts. 

Lior and Ezeckiel Krief

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Sons of the master Serge Krief, both Lior and Ezeckiel have reached an incredible level of mastery, and are considered to be among the greatest guitar virtuosos on the planet. At such young ages, their talent is difficult to fathom. For those of you who attended Django a Gogo 2018, you might have witnessed the musical power of Lior, who was only 19 years old…

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 continues to innovate, compose, record (21 albums so far!), and inspire the ever-growing crowd of Django aficionados. His command of Flamenco guitar rivals his command of Django’s style. This is a very unique phenomenon in the world of guitar. He is one of the greatest virtuosos who ever lived.







Samy Daussat

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Samy Daussat is a very special character in the French Django landscape. He is renowned as a performer and as a teacher. He began his career as a sideman for legends including Raphael Fays, Moreno, Babik Reinhardt, and Tchavolo Schmidt. Now, he tours with his own projects. His quality of expression, his virtuosity and his knowledge of rhythm make him one of the most sought after musicians on the French scene. He regularly publishes articles for “Guitariste Acoustic” and “Guitarmag”. He released several guitar method books titled “Coup de Pouce”, which are a reference in the world of Django.  

Samy is also featured on 83 albums!

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.

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 April 23, 2019

4pm: camp registration

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

9:30pm-12am: jam session in the local pub

 

Wednesday April 24, 2019

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

10am-noon: Small group classes
Group A: Lior and Ezeckiel Krief
Group B: Samy Daussat and David Gastine
Group C: Stephane Wrembel

2pm-3:30pmSerge Krief’s Workshop- group A interacts, Groups B and C observe

4pm-6pmRaphael fays, Serge Krief, Lior Krief, Ezeckiel Krief, Samy Daussat, David Gastine and Stephane Wrembel perform songs, and respond to the 30 students Q and A

6pm-8pm: Soundcheck/dinner/jam

8pm-9:30pm: Concert at the Woodland “The Django Experiment” featuring all artists for the final jam.Stephane Wrembel, Thor Jensen, Nick Anderson, Ari Folman-Cohen, Nick Driscoll. Guests: Raphael fays, Serge Krief, Lior Krief, Ezeckiel Krief, Samy Daussat, David Gastine

930pm-12am: Jam session at the local pub

 

Thursday April 25, 2019

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

10am-noon: Small group classes
Group A: Stephane Wrembel
Group B: Lior and Ezeckiel Krief
Group C: Samy Daussat and David Gastine

10am-noon: Small group classes
Group A: Lior and Ezeckiel Krief
Group B: Samy Daussat and David Gastine
Group C: Stephane Wrembel

2pm-330pm: Serge Krief Workshop -group B interacts, Groups A and C observe

4pm-6pmRaphael fays, Serge Krief, Lior Krief, Ezeckiel Krief, Samy Daussat, David Gastine and Stephane Wrembel perform, and respond to the 30 students Q and A

6pm-8pm: Soundcheckdinner/jam

8pm-930pm: Concert at the Woodland “Samy Daussat and David Gastine” featuring Stephane Wrembel, Scott Kettner on drums, Ari Folman Cohen bass and Daisy Castro on violin

930pm-12am: Jam session at the local pub

Friday April 26, 2019

9am-10am: Warm up jam and coffee with the students
10am-noon: Small group classes
Group A: Samy Daussat and David Gastine
Group B: Stephane Wrembel
Group C: Lior and Ezeckiel Krief

2pm-3:30pm: Serge Krief’s Workshop -group C interacts, groups A and B observe

4pm-6pmRaphael Fays, Serge Krief, Lior Krief, Ezeckiel Krief, Samy Daussat, David Gastine and Stephane Wrembel perform, and respond to the 30 students Q and A

6pm-8pm: Soundcheck/dinner/jam

8pm-9:30pm: Concert at the Woodland “The Krief Brothers” featuring Stephane Wrembel, Julian Smith on bass and Nick Driscoll on Saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet

930pm-12am: Jam session at the local pub

 

Saturday April 27, 2019

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

2pm-3:30pm: Special guest workshop TBA

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

 

Sunday April 28, 2019

11am-2pm: Farewell jam session with breakfast organized by the Township of Maplewood

6pm-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.