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Django in June-UPDATE!!

JackJack western Massachusetts✭✭✭✭
edited June 2007 in Welcome Posts: 1,911
Hi all,
(Sorry for the double posts, I just want to make sure people see this before next week...)

I've had word from Andrew Lawrence, organizer of Django in June, that Emmanuel Kassimo has been forced to drop out due to a health issue. However, Andrew has secured the amazing talents of Biel Ballester to fill the slot! Ballester is quite a talent, and someone very aware of bringing the music to a modern crowd. For those with tickets to any of Emmanuel's clinics, you'll be able to use them for Biel Ballester workshops, and Andrew should be in touch with you. In the meantime, check out some of his playing below, and I hope to see you at the festival!


Biel's bio:
Biel Ballester studied classical guitar at the prestigious Luthier School in Barcelona, Spain. There he spent two years under the instruction of teacher/concertist Alex Garrobé and four years with teacher/concertist Fernando Rodriguez. Complimenting his formal musical studies, Biel has also taken guitar master classes from respected musicians such as José Tomás, David Russell, Aniello Desiderio, Manuel Barrueco, Marco Socias, Hopckinson Smith and Jordi Savall (the last two specializing in Baroque music). Biel finished his curriculum at Barcelona's superior conservatorium in the year 2000. Subsequent demand for his awe-inspiring style and technique have enabled him to perform in several countries such as Spain, France, Holland and Germany including multiple appearances at Barcelona's International Jazz Festival, The International Jazz Festival of Terrassa, and the International Guitar Festival of Mallorca. Making waves on both sides of the Atlantic, two of Biel's tracks featured here were selected for inclusion on the Various Artists compilations, Django Festival Volumes 3 & 4, produced by Hot Club Records in Oslo, Norway, placing the Catalan guitarist in the company of international jazz stars such as
Jimmy Rosenberg and Angelo Debarre among others. A young talent holding great promise, Biel Ballester is on the short list of possible artists slated to perform at several upcoming international Django Reinhardt Tribute Festivals including those in the United States. So be on the lookout for the Biel Ballester Trio performing in a city near you.


  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    edited June 2007 Posts: 5,857
    Biel is a great player...has a great command of the style and a unique voice. He really rises above the shred mentality with poignant melodic lines and innovative harmony. He also happens to be an incredibley modest and likeable guy! I'm psyched he'll be there....

  • JackJack western Massachusetts✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 1,911
    He also happens to be an incredibley modest and linkable guy!

    I think you're spending too much time online, Michael...
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 5,857
  • Craig BumgarnerCraig Bumgarner Drayden, MarylandVirtuoso Bumgarner S/N 001
    Posts: 794
    Sorry to hear Emmanuel Kassimo won't be able to make it. Though I've not heard him play, I was looking forward to it because of Wrembel's respect for him.

    Biel Ballaster, however, is a GREAT substitution! I'm very excited about this. His Echos of Mallorca CD is fantastic, definitely a different take on Django and GJ compared to the northern European sound. Lots of classical and flamenco influence. Ballester is pushing the envelope like Wrembel albeit in a different direction. Should be very interesting.

    Craig Bumgarner
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