Stephane Wrembel is one of the most highly regarded guitarists in the world specializing in the style of legendary composer/guitarist Django Reinhardt; he learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside. He has had a remarkable career, touring the world, while releasing 16 albums under his name and the nom de plume, The Django Experiment. His original compositions have been featured in Woody Allen films Vicki Cristina Barcelona (“Big Brother”) and Midnight in Paris (“Bistro Fada”). He contributed the original score for Rifkin’s Festival released in January 2022. Since 2003, Wrembel has produced the Django a Gogo Festival, bringing together some of the finest musicians in the world to celebrate the Sinti guitar style to perform in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Town Hall.
In October of 2019, Wrembel released Django L’Impressionniste on putting the spotlight on 17 little-known preludes for solo guitar Reinhardt recorded between 1937 and 1950. Wrembel is the first interpreter who has performed all these pieces and collected them in one definitive masterwork. For Wrembel, Django L’Impressionniste is a portrait of Reinhardt’s classical side (he was an admirer of Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, the fathers of the French impressionist movement). It took Wrembel 4 years of preparation to learn, rehearse and record these songs. Wrembel spent a great deal of time in 2020 painstakingly transcribing the songs, which were then notated by Adam Perlmutter, editor of Acoustic Guitar, resulting in a 111-page, beautifully bound and printed book.
What the press said about Django L’Impressionniste:
“These more impressionist pieces reveal a different side from the swing recordings of the ‘30s and ‘40s that Django Reinhardt was best known for. [Wrembel] takes his cues from Django but has a style of his own” – NPR FRESH AIR
“A major work” – JAZZIZ
“A milestone…. Beyond the sheer beauty and scope of the music, this album has immense historical value” – NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY
“Among the best Django-inspired guitarists in the world, Wrembel provides a carefully constructed examination of Reinhardt’s solo work” – NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
“Beautifully conceived and performed” – SONGLINES
“A fascinating overview of the impressionist classical side of Reinhardt” – WORLD MUSIC CENTRAL
“Reinhardt’s work is alive and well in Wrembel’s hands” – DOWNBEAT
“Best Albums of 2019” - PRI THE WORLD
“Rich and personal affairs, with Wrembel displaying patience, reverence and still maintaining the flavor of a bohemian campground” – JAZZ WEEKLY
“The preeminent interpreter of Django Reinhardt’s music, Wrembel has brought audiences and listeners on a musical adventure into the heart and history of the Gypsy instrumentalist” – HOLLYWOOD SOAPBOX
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