Juan Carmona/ Stephane Wrembel
“Ravishing work drawing upon a vast vocabulary of flamenco techniques. Heroic rhythms, lyrical song forms, pulsing dance beats, brilliant finger technique--these elements and others reminded listeners of the syntax of flamenco, albeit expressed at an exalted technical level.”
One of the most innovative and virtuoso Flamenco guitarists of our time, Juan Carmona has been awarded countless awards such as the prestigious first prize in the Madrid de Paco de Lucia Competition. He recently garnered his third Latin Grammy nomination for ‘Best Flamenco Album’ for his newest release El Sentido del Aire. His breathtaking performances have taken him to acclaimed venues around the world. This is a special opportunity to see such a great master in an intimate setting.
"The fastest fingers this side of Django Reinhardt"
French virtuoso guitarist Stephane Wrembel is at the vanguard of the Gypsy Swing renaissance in the US. He seems to have channeled both the technique and the fire of Django Reinhardt and has - quite litterally - written the book on Gypsy Jazz: "Getting into Gypsy Jazz", published by Mel Bay. His new cd, Barbès Brooklyn, has Stephane and guests playing a mixture of standards and original, updating the classic Gypsy swing repertoire and reminding his audience that Stephane's music is solidly anchored in the present. Stephane Wrembel grew up in France where, for years, he studied guitar with the manouche (the French Gypsies). He has also gotten deep into various American vernacular musical styles - from Blue Grass to Jazz. He has performed and toured and recorded with such luminaries as Mark O'Connor and David Grisman (with whom he recorded the album Gypsy Rumble) and performed with Lionel Loueke, Les Paul and Angelo Debarre. He is a regular guest at Djangofests and festivals both in Europe and in the US. He will appear with his trio, which includes percussionist and washboard kit master David Langlois and bassist Jared Engel - as well as frequent collaborator violinist Olivier Manchon and special guests tba.