I won't have all the details worked out till the end of the month, but in order to give folks plenty of time for planning I want to announce that this year Django in June will offer a 6-day Django Camp option for folks who really want to dig in. Our goal is to provide relative newcomers a strong introduction to the style while giving experienced GJ'ers the opportunity to take their playing to the next level with the support of expert teachers and players. All while having a grand old time. While a good book or a 2-hour clinic is way better than nothing, I think it's time North American players had this kind of opportunity for more sustained connection and guidance...and I hope I'm not alone!
Our guitar staff will include Emmanuel Kassimo (the lead guitarist for Am Ketenes), Stephane Wrembel, Djangobook's own Michael Horowitz, and Kruno Spicik (Kruno.net) along with special guest Wawau Adler (from Germany...check out the videos Michael has of him...I call him WowWow). Tim Kliphuis (from Holland) will work with violinists and John McGann (who moderates the mando forum on this site and teaches a Django class at Berklee) will take the mandolin chair.
I'm still figuring out all the various costs so I can't give an exact figure right now, but I'm sure we'll be able to do this for a cost that is comparable to other, similar music camps. Mid $600's with a shared room to high $700's for a private room is probably the ballpark for out-of-towners who need housing. Without housing, somewhere around $500 is probably doable. This would include all instruction, performances and, of course, djam time.
For folks who just want to drop in for the weekend, that will still be an option. But I'm hoping there's a strong contingent of folks who want to make a week of it. The fiddlers do it. The Bluegrassers do it. The fingerstylers do it. Let's do it. It'll be a gas.
Since this will be our first go of it, we'll be planning the daily schedule from scratch. I'd be really interested in hearing from those people who would actually consider attending...what would be a particularly appealing structure or feature for you? Now's the time to have your say.
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