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 either in a small group setting, or in the form of workshops. 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 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.


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.


        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.

Stochelo Rosenberg: 

Stochelo is a legend in the Django Reinhardt style. He is one of the grand masters of this style, and one of the founding fathers of the revival of this style in the early 90s. His album Seresta is still considered today as one of the landmarks of Gypsy Jazz. Stochelo’s knowledge of Django’s music, his virtuosity, creativity and his versatility are unique in the world. Stochelo will teach a two-hour class each afternoon at the camp. Each class will focus on a specific Django solo, with Stochelo’s unique approach to it. He will share his own fingerings, his way of understanding, and techniques and pathways to improvise in the specific song.

Paulus Schäfer:  

A composer and arranger, Paulus is considered to be one of the most talented Gypsy Jazz or "Jazz Manouche" guitar players from the Netherlands. Paulus was born into a Dutch Sinti-Romani(Gypsy) community where he was taught to play the guitar at a very early age. Like almost all Gypsy Jazz players and Gypsy Jazz fans, Paulus considers Django Reinhardt to be his idol. Paulus has recorded or performed on stage with many artists including Stochelo Rosenberg, Fapy Lafertin, Tim Kliphuis, Jimmy Rosenberg, Dominique Paats, Biréli Lagrène, and Andreas Öberg. He is one of the most sought after teachers in this style. He created his own online school, which is one of the most popular in the world.

Larry Keel

Larry Keel is described by some reviewers as the most, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and composing original music. He's also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it's a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a tasty cover from any number of genres all over the map. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic musicians alive, and some now gone: Tony Rice, Chris Thile,Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, and Darol Anger to name a few. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative song-writing, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm.

David Gastine

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 has no match in the world today. He played rhythm for Stochelo Rosenberg, Bireli Lagrene, Tchavolo Schmidt, Angelo Debarre, Sammy Daussat, Rodolphe Raphaelli, and was part of the Selmer #607 project featuring Adrien Moignard, Benoit Convert, and Sebatien Giniaux. He is one of the most sought after rhythm players in the world.

Thor Jensen

Thor Jensen was born a New Yorker, but raised on the eastern Connecticut shoreline where he started teaching himself the guitar at age 10. At 16, he began playing in local rock and jam bands in the city of New London and spent his high school years and the following decade playing gigs and teaching lessons. It was during this time that Thor fell hard for jazz and the music of Django Reinhardt and began adding that to his studies and repertoire.  Thor has lived and worked as a musician in southeastern CT, Long Beach, California, and New York. From 2011-2015, he toured the country and recorded three albums with Quiet Life.

Denis Chang

Besides being a master guitarist, Denis is THE reference of teaching videos in the world. He created DC music school 5 years ago, and has managed to gather all the greatest guitarists to share their knowledge in a unique video format seen nowhere else. Denis' knowledge of the Django Reinhardt style in invaluable. He is a reference in the teaching of this style worldwide.

Al Di Meola:

Al Di Meola is a legend in the world of guitar. Although he needs no introduction, the following will provide you with a glimpse of his accomplishments. In 1971, Di Meola enrolled in Berklee College of Music. Shortly after, he joined Chick Corea's band, Return to Forever, for the album Where Have I Known You Before. Two more albums, No Mystery (1975) and Romantic Warrior (1976) were released during Di Meola's stay in the band. He went on to explore a variety of styles, but is most noted for his Latin-influenced jazz fusion works. He is a four-time winner as Best Jazz Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine's Reader Poll. In addition to a prolific solo career, he has engaged in successful collaborations with bassist Stanley Clarke, keyboardist Jan Hammer, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and guitarists John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía. He was also a guest on "Allergies" from Paul Simon's Hearts and Bones album (1983). He also appeared with Frank Zappa live at The Ritz, NYC in 1981. In the beginning of his career, as evidenced on his first solo album Land of the Midnight Sun (1976), Di Meola was noted for his technical mastery and extremely fast, complex guitar solos and compositions. But even on his early albums, he had begun to explore Mediterranean cultures and acoustic genres like flamenco. Good examples are "Mediterranean Sundance" and "Lady of Rome, Sister of Brazil" from the Elegant Gypsy album (1977). His early albums were very influential among rock and jazz guitarists alike. Di Meola continued to explore Latin music within the jazz fusion genre on albums like Casino and Splendido Hotel. He exhibited a more subtle touch on acoustic numbers like "Fantasia Suite for Two Guitars" from the Casino album, and on the best-selling live album with McLaughlin and de Lucia, Friday Night in San Francisco. The latter album became one of the most popular live albums for acoustic guitar ever recorded and was sold more than two million times worldwide. Although not a Gypsy or a specialist of the Django Reinhardt style, he will offer a workshop based on his improvisation techniques, which are very close to the Django style but different enough to be an incredible compliment. It will be a breathtaking two hours of enlightenment.

Alfonso Ponticelli

A multi-instrumentalist, Ponticelli won the 1994 U.S. National Mountain Dulcimer Championship and continues to perform solo mountain dulcimer and guitar. He has played both banjo and guitar with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and was invited to perform solo didgeridoo at the Chicago Symphony Center. Ponticelli has collaborated in Chicago with Arabic, Irish, Bluegrass, Gypsy, Romanian and many other traditional folk musicians. He performed at Chicago’s Millennium Park on its opening night as well as at every major museum in the city. Ponticelli is the 2009 recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts from Order Sons of Italy in America and holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. He travelled to Cordoba, Spain (1994) to study with the great flamenco guitarists Rafael Riqueni and Manolo Sanlucar, New Mexico to study with Chuscales and Pedro Cortes and has had the great flamenco singer and guitarist Pansequito join his band for two years. He has performed at the Iridium in New York City where Les Paul invited Alfonso to play as a special guest with his trio. Ponticelli shares his education and love of music by teaching workshops at many festivals, including 13 years at the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest in Madison, Wisconsin. He introduced Gypsy jazz to Chicago in the 1990s, when he began teaching a weekly Django-style class at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music, where he has taught for 16 years. Ponticelli has shared his music at many prestigious festivals, including the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois, France, DjangoFest Northwest, Gypsy Jazz fests in New York City, Denver, CO., and extensively throughout the Midwest. Alfonso Ponticelli has collaborated with many Chicago institutions for 14 years to present the great culture of the Roma/Gypsy people through music with his annual Chicago Gypsy Jazz festival.

Juanito Pascual

When guitarist Juanito Pascual was called "one of the hottest Flamenco guitarists in recent years" by National Public Radio,    
this major accolade became a jumping off point for the Minneapolis native's musical vision.  But Pascual's sound is in fact an organic blend of his mastery of traditional and
contemporary flamenco ever so gently seasoned with his love    
 of diverse musics from heroes such as Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, The Grateful Deal and J.S. Bach.  These influences are ever present in his New Flamenco trio.  With a line up that includes the great percussionist Tupac Mantilla, Juanito creates a sound that seamlessly merges Flamenco with elements of jazz, world and even a blend of rock and soul music.  A talented educator, Juanito regularly hosts workshops around the world and directs the annual summer Flamenco Institute at the New England Conservatory in Boston. 

Olli Soikkeli

Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991 and is now based in New York City. He started playing guitar at the age of 12. After a few years of playing Olli was introduced to the music of Django Reinhardt, and Gypsy Jazz has been Olli’s main focus ever since. Soon Olli was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland. He has played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Stochelo Rosenberg, Tommy Emmanuel, Andreas Öberg, Cyrille Aimee, Anat Cohen, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu. In 2011, Olli recorded his first album "Trois Générations" with Hot Club de Finlande and Vitali Imereli. In 2012 he recorded his second album "Kouvola Junction" with Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud van den Berg. 2014 Rhythm Future Quartet's debut album was released. The Wall Street Journal wrote “Olli Soikkeli, a riveting Finish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.” Despite his young age he’s already considered by many to be one of the most important players in the Django scene.

Teachers will be rotating to small groups everyday. This is to insure all students have access to as many teachers as possible, providing them with the opportunity to receive a wide range of information and advice.

The program will be organized as follows:

Tuesday February 28th, 2017

4pm: Registration.

8pm-930pm: Welcome concert hosted by Stephane Wrembel and the teachers, with a special presentation by Michael Bauer, a specialist of the Selmer-type guitar collection.  Bauer will bring his collection of ancient Gypsy guitars, and will provide a history of these incredible instruments.  Following Bauer’s lecture, there will be a concert performed by Wrembel, Denis Chang and Sara L’Abriola taking listeners through the history of the Romani trail, and the journey of the Gypsies from India to Europe.

Wednesday March 1st, 2017

Wednesday March 1st, 2017

9am-10:30am: Small groups, warm-up and rhythm playing.

11am-12:30pm: Small groups, improvisation and solo analysis. 

2pm-3:45pm: All students- Stochelo Rosenberg's special Django solos- transcriptions and analysis.

4pm-6pm: All students- Stephane Wrembel and Juanito Pascual workshop on improvisation.

8pm-9:30pm: Concert- Alfonso Ponticelli and Juanito Pascual 

Thursday March 2nd, 2017

9am-10:30am: Small groups, warm-up and rhythm playing. 

11am-12:30pm: Small groups, improvisation and solo analysis.

2pm-3:45pm: All students- Stochelo Rosenberg's special Django solos transcriptions and analysis.

4pm-6pm: All students, Al Di Meola workshop on improvisation.

8pm-9:30pm: Rhythm Future Quartet featuring Olli Soikkeli and Jason Annick.

Friday March 3rd, 2017

9am-10:30am: Small groups, warm-up and rhythm playing.

11am-12:30pm: Small groups, improvisation and solo analysis. 

2pm-4pm: All students- Open teaching with camp teachers. 

8:30pm-11pm: Live at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

Saturday March 4th, 2017

9am-10:30am: Small groups, warm-up and rhythm playing. 

11am-12:30pm: Small groups, improvisation and solo analysis. 

2pm-3:45pm: All students- Stochelo Rosenberg's special Django solos transcriptions and analysis. 

4pm-6pm: All students- Larry Keel workshop on improvisation. 

8pm-9:30pm: Concert- Paulus Schäfer 

 Sunday March 5th, 2017

10am-3pm: Students’ concerts and party, free and open to the public. 

5pm-midnight: The Barbes-Brooklyn Gypsy jazz party/jam/concert featuring NYC and East Coast bands, as well as some of the camp teachers and performers.