Django festival in NYC : Django a Gogo 2007!

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edited February 2007 in Welcome Posts: 12

“DJANGO A GOGO” is a music festival, inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, the legendary French-Gypsy guitarist. The festival happens mainly in Brooklyn, but also in queens this year, for its second edition. In order to celebrate the music of the master, we have some of the greatest guitar masters in the world performing both in a traditional and modern way.
Guitarists Emmanuel Kassimo, Pablo Robin and Laurent Hestin from France, Denis Chang from Canada, Alfonso Ponticelli from Chicago, and Stephane Wrembel from New York will demonstrate the power and the beauty of this music.


- AM KETENES: Emmanuel Kassimo and Pablo Robin.

Emmanuel started the guitar at age 10, with his father, grand father and uncles, all guitarists. Emmanuel is recognized as being one of the Masters of Gypsy Jazz guitar today, and a very prominent player in Europe. Stephane and him had a band in France in the 90’s “the 2 guitars”, and they were performing all over France.

Pablo Robin is a gypsy, who learned guitar through the traditional Gypsy vocal music, with his father, Retcha Robin, composer and guitarist. He decided to dedicate his life to the art of Gypsy rhythm guitar.



Laurent is Stephane’s first guitar teacher, and a very famous guitarist in Europe, very well know for his versatility. This guy can play everything. He’s at ease in a contempory Jazz ensemble, and behind a traditional Balkan music band, into a Gypsy Jazz setting, or behind a Brazilian singer…He is a true virtuoso, a master of the guitar.


- SWING GITAN: Alfonso Ponticelli

Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan is Chicago's premier Gypsy Jazz ensemble.
A gypsy flamenco guitarist as well, Alfonso has been to Cordoba, Spain to study with the great flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo. Alfonso is a multi-instrumentalist, having won the 1994 U.S. National Mountain Dulcimer Championship, and playing both banjo and guitar with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. He brings a wide and colorful repertoire from his many adventures in Spain, Italy, France, and all over the United States, including the Iridium in New York, where the legendary Les Paul invited Alfonso to play as a special guest with his trio. Alfonso is also a music educator in Chicago and introduced Django's music to the midwest United States nearly a decade ago, when he began teaching a weekly Django Guitar Styles Class at the Old Town School of Folk Music, one of the largest and most renowned folk music centers in the U.S. Alfonso is often invited to teach his popular workshops at festivals around the country.


The name of his project is Flèche D'Or; also the title of a Django Reinhardt composition. Whether it is Gypsy Jazz, bebop or any other style, this is where you will be able to follow his musical journey.
He picked up the guitar in his teens and after having exploring various musical styles, he discovers the music of Django Reinhardt at the age of 19. For the next few years, he would dedicate himself exclusively to the style. To date, he has been in contact with the best musicians in the style such as Ritary Gaguenetti, Aurélien Trigo, Edd la Bish, Lolo Meyer, Paulus Schafer Chris Campion, Andreas Oberg, Fapy lafertin to name a few. Since 2006, he is sponsored by AJLguitars.

- Stephane Wrembel:
Stephane is the NYC representant of this music, and co-organiser of this festival.


Thursday March 1st:

The Waltz-Astoria in Astoria, Queens – 9PM followed by a Jam session from 10H30 to late night


French guitarists Emmanuel Kassimo, Laurent Hestin and Stephane Wrembel will join for their first reunion in seven years! A pure tribute to Django with the sound of the 3 guitars…
1 Show at 9PM – price 20$

The Waltz-Astoria:

23-14 Ditmars Boulevard
Astoria, New York 11105

Waltz-Astoria is located on Ditmars boulevard between 23rd and 24th street. Take either N or W train to Ditmars Boulevard and 31st street(last stop in Queens), and walk 6 blocks towards Astoria Park.

Friday March 2nd:

The Cornerstone in Brooklyn – Show at 8:30PM followed by a Jam session from 10:30 to late night


Stephane Wrembel Trio (featuring Jared Engel on bass and David Langlois on Washboard) is going to perform a few songs with Laurent, then with Emmanuel, then Alfonso and then Denis, and then they’ll perform all together, five guitars, Bass and Washboard…
1 Show at 8:30PM – price 20$

The Cornerstone:

1502 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 282-9600
Take the Q train to Cortelyou, exit on the left, it’s right there!


Barbes in Brooklyn – Shows at 7PM and 9:30PM

- First Show at 7PM: “Am Ketenes – Swing Gitan – The Django a Gogo Collective”

- Second Show at 9:30PM: “Fleche d’or - Laurent Hestin – The Django a Gogo Collective”

Each show – 20$ two shows – 35$

Barbes :

376, 9th street (corner of 6ave.)
Park Slope, Brooklyn
718 965 9177

Take the F train to 7av, then go down one block on 6av.




Each Show is 20$, but a Pass is available, 60$ for the 4 shows. You are advise to reserve in advance.
For that, please go to


Each performer will teach a workshop, on a different subject.

Alfonso Ponticelli: “I’ll see you in my dreams” by Django

Alfonso has a book called “Gypsy Jazz Licks and Tricks”.
He will show you through the famous “I’ll see you in my dreams”
Django’s solo how to develop your own vocabulary.
Saturday March 3rd at Barbes, from 12-2pm

Pablo Robin: Traditional Gypsy Jazz Comping

Pablo will show you chords and his right hand motion for a solid, real gypsy comping.
Swing, Waltz, Bolero and Latin will be covered, as well as chord positions
Saturday March 3rd at Barbes from 2-4pm

Denis Chang: “The Stochelo Rosenberg style”

Denis is a specialist of Stochelo Rosenberg’s style, the creator of what we call “The Dutch school”, he transcribed most of his tricks. He will demonstrate this very special way of playing Gypsy Jazz, you’ll learn all the tricks from Stochelo…
Saturday March 3rd at Barbes from 4-6pm

Emmanuel Kassimo: Traditional Gypsy Jazz improvisation

Typical Gypsy tricks for improvisation by one of the purist master of this genre. Arpeggios and right hand technique will be demonstrated, as well as interpretation effects.
Sunday March 4th at Barbes from 2-4pm

Laurent Hestin: Gypsy Jazz and Eastern Europe

How to integrate elements of Eastern Europe Tzigane Music into Gypsy Jazz improvisation.
This will be demonstrated through Romanian melodies, typical arpeggios and metric in 7.
Sunday March 4th at Barbes from 4-6pm

Each workshop cost 50$, 5 workshops Pass for 200$
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