Several months ago, I wrote a piece about famous guitarist Stephane Wrembel and was fortunate enough to interview him. He told me about what he learned during his travels around the world, as well as where his style came from and its importance. (You can read the interview here for more context.)
On October 6, Wrembel and several other local musicians will be performing his style of jazz at Red Bird Cafe, and the following evening he will offer a guitar workshop at the same venue.
Onstage, Wrembel will perform with Justin Duhaime on guitar and Dominic Gauthier on bass as a trio, focusing on the music of Django Reinhardt. Having known one another for 10 years, these three have jammed in the past and also helped Wrembel put together shows and master classes, but this will be their first time playing together on stage.
“Each musician is unique,” says Wrembel. “I feel that what matters the most is the natural chemistry. The first step is the choice of a repertoire. The repertoire will create a set, a sonic landscape, a general vibe. Then, the natural chemistry will be the glue between the songs, the musicians and the crowd. Justin, Dominic, and I have this musical connection, this chemistry, which will allow us to dig deep into the music, and produce not only a high-quality show, but a journey into a universe made of dreams, myths, and great poetry.”
The aesthetic of the show will lean toward the guitar’s acoustic sound and its magnificence, the “Django style”‘s virtuosity, and a chronological unfolding of Reinhardt’s repertoire, beginning with his most “mysterious impressionistic solo pieces and ending with some of his hottest hot swing tunes.”
As for the workshop, it will offer knowledge beyond just teaching guitar. Wrembel will present a transcription of a Django solo, and attendees will be able to listen and watch to see what lies beneath. Intriguingly, the workshop is open to all instruments and levels.
“More than just a guitar workshop (of course there will be plenty of guitar!),” says Wrembel, “it will be a musical journey through the depths of one of the greatest musicians who ever lived.”
Stephane Wrembel plays Red Bird Café on October 6. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $30 advance available online at redbirdlive.ca and $35 at the door. The workshop takes place on October 7 from 6–8pm, also at Red Bird Café, at a cost of $80. Please contact the venue to register.