He’s been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. Woody Allen recruited him to score the theme to the 2012 Academy Award winning film Midnight in Paris, and he performed live during last years Oscar’s telecast. To say that French-born guitarist/composer Stephane Wrembel—who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside—has already had a remarkable career would be an understatement. But this virtuoso, who is now Brooklyn-based, has truly just begun to make his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music.
The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre.
SPECIAL GUESTS :
Matt DeChamplain (Piano)
Sam Dechenne (Trumpet)
SPECIAL GUESTS :
Matt DeChamplain (Piano)
Sam Dechenne (Trumpet)
Daisy Castro Quartet
An outstanding interpreter of early European Jazz of the 1930’s and 40’s, in the style of Django Reinhardt’s Quintette du Hot Club de France, Daisy Castro has emerged as a revitalizing force for the genre, stunning first time audience members, and continuing to enthrall even those that have seen her perform many times before. Her dynamic playing channels some of the early greats, while adding a modern edge to the Jazz Manouche tradition. If you close your eyes, you’ll find it hard to believe that such passion can be produced by a musician so young. It will make you believe in reincarnation, and give you a fresh view on what lies ahead in the progression of Django’s legacy. Daisy has been an active member of the “Gypsy Jazz” community both in the United States and in Europe since she was 14 years old. She has played on stages on both continents with all of the masters. Now, with three recordings rooted in this style under her belt, she has earned the respect of said masters and their knowledgeable audiences, which is no small feat in this traditionally male dominated genre. Daisy is touring to promote her newest project, “World On Fire”, which reaches even further around the globe for its influences. Encompassing everything from Django compositions to Salsa to traditional Turkish music, it opens up a whole new world of exploration for her quartet.
The New York City-based Tixier, born in 1986 in Montreuil, France has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz and music legends from Stevie Wonder, Kenny Barron, Chris Potter, and John Legend to name a few. Tixier’s acclaimed Sunnyside album “Cosmic Adventure” saw the violinist performing with an all star band “taking the jazz world by storm” (All About Jazz). He has performed as a side-man and leader at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note, Madison Square Garden, and The Barclays Center.
Henry Acker is a thirteen year old gypsy jazz guitarist in the style of Django Reinhardt and with abilities far beyond his years. After playing for only four years, he has already shared the stage with jazz greats Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Julian Lage, Andreas Oberg, Vinny Raniolo, Olli Soikkeli, Nicki Parrot, Jan Knutson, Grant Flick and Jason Anick. He is the winner of both the 2017 Djangofest North West Saga Award and a 2017 Downbeat Magazine Student Award for jazz guitar soloist. He performs exhilarating gypsy jazz repertoire and jazz standards along with his father Victor Acker, a Berklee alum and jazz guitarist and his Uncle Dana Acker on double bass, also a Berklee Alum. Henry's career is just getting started but he must be seen to be believed. Ladies and gentleman, presenting Henry Acker!
Pianist Matt DeChamplain has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Berks Jazz Festival, New York’s JVC Jazz Festival, The Berklee Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and renowned jazz clubs such as Regatta Bar, Smalls, and Yoshi’s. In 2008, Matt was selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program where he engaged in a two week intensive composition and performance workshop under the instruction of jazz luminaries Dr. Billy Taylor, Nathan Davis and Curtis Fuller culminating in three performances filmed live from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. That same year he was part of a group lead by bassist Nat Reeves that toured New Ross, Ireland. In 2010, Matt participated as a semifinalist in the Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition in Paris, France. Currently Matt holds a faculty position at the Hartt School (University of Hartford, Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz). He has also taught at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, led the big band at Glastonbury High School, and taught at the Artist’s Collective, the Litchfield Jazz Camp, and New Hampshire’s Jazz All State.
Sam Dechenne is an internationally touring trumpet player, bandleader and composer living in Boston, MA. Originally from Portland, OR he moved to the east coast to study at Berklee College of Music. After finishing his studies he joined the famed reggae band John Brown's Body and has since toured all over the world with acts varying from reggae and funk bands to brass quintets, klezmer and Eastern-European ensembles, Dixieland groups, orchestras and Jazz Big Bands. In the Summer of 2014 he started his own ensemble called Cocek! Brass Band. The 5-piece group performs his compositions in the Eastern-European brass band style. They have released 2 full length studio albums and have toured festivals, concert series and other events all over the U.S. Sam also plays and records as a side-man with many different ensembles both as a player and a composer. He teaches private lessons in the Boston area and enjoys baseball, swimming and cooking ion his spare time.