Django a Gogo 2017 Music Festival and Camp

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Django a Gogo 2017 Music Festival and Camp




March 3, 2017 8PM

The Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall Starring




February 28, 2017
The Woodland
Opening Night Performance
Sara L'Abriola, and many more

March 1, 2017
The Woodland
Django Flamenco!
Alfonso Ponticelli and Juanito Pascual

March 2, 2017
The Woodland
Olli Soikkeli and Rhythm Future Quartet

March 4, 2017
The Woodland
Paulus Schafer and Special Guests

March 5, 2017
The Woodland
Street Fair and Student Performances Free to the Public

March 5, 2017
Barbes In Brooklyn


Django a Gogo Music Camp is a first-class music program providing musicians of all levels and instruments access to the greatest knowledge and teachers available. The program focuses mainly on the musical style of Django Reinhardt (referred to as "Gypsy Jazz" in the USA). The goal of this camp is for students to learn from all the teachers and performers of the festival either in a small group setting, or in the form of workshops. No student will be denied access to a specific teacher because he or she is not of a certain ability level. It is preferable when registering for the camp to already have a basic knowledge of chords and some soloing in one style or another. However, the doors are open to all!  Everyone will get the musical information they need at their own point of development. The teachers and performers have been selected not only for their ability to offer world-class concerts and instruction, but also for their good spirit and their general kindness and humor. In addition to offering students the rare opportunity to become deeply immersed in this style of music with some of the greatest teachers and performers in the world, the Django A Gogo Music Camp will be fun and undoubtedly entertaining for all. There will be plenty of coffee, snacks, jams and great times! 



The camp will be happening in the charming town of Maplewood, in the heart of the village. The town is a gem in NJ. It is easily accessible by highway and public transportation. It is a 25 minute drive from NYC, 10 minute drive from Newark Airport, and 30 minutes by train from Penn Station New York. Maplewood is full of restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, stores...all within a block of the venues.  The New York Times had recently published an article about Maplewood "If Brooklyn Were a Suburb". The town is bustling and very hip, the food is excellent, and the whole area (Essex County) is one of the most culturally active in the country.



Maplewood was our main choice for the music camp for its amenities, accessibility, and artistic vibe. We have been provided with two gorgeous, cozy and extremely functional rooms to host the event. Maplewood is a town of many artists, and the community truly cherishes this quality. The first of the two venues is The Woodland. Four groups will be taught in this space, as well as the master classes, and the concerts. The Woodland is a gorgeous building with a nice, old-time concert feel. The other venue is the Burgdorff Center, which is one block away from The Woodland.  Everything is convenient and nearby. The Burgdorff Center will host two groups of students.



At the Django a Gogo festival all of the participating musicians are world-class performers, as well as world-class teachers.

Stephane Wrembel:

While currently based in Maplewood, Stephane is a native of Fontainebleau, France. He spent ten years perfecting his craft in the Gypsy camps of the Fontainebleau area (home of Django Reinhardt). He then moved to Boston and graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 2002.  Wrembel has composed music for two of Woody Allen’s blockbusters (“Big brother” for Vicki Cristina Barcelona and “Bistro Fada”, main theme of Midnight in Paris), both films were Academy Award winners. Stephane was a special guest composer and live performer for the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony where Midnight in Paris was celebrated.  In addition, Midnight in Paris won a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack, of which Stephane was the largest contributor.  Wrembel has composed for many films, shorts, and commercials. He has recorded seven albums, and tours with his band worldwide, performing 200 concerts a year.

Al Di Meola:

Al Di Meola is a legend in the world of guitar. Although he needs no introduction, the following will provide you with a glimpse of his accomplishments. In 1971, Di Meola enrolled in Berklee College of Music. Shortly after, he joined Chick Corea's band, Return to Forever, for the album "Where Have I Known You Before". Two more albums, "No Mystery" (1975) and "Romantic Warrior" (1976) were released during Di Meola's stay in the band. He went on to explore a variety of styles, but is most noted for his Latin-influenced jazz fusion works. He is a four-time winner as Best Jazz Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine's Reader Poll. In addition to a prolific solo career, he has engaged in successful collaborations with bassist Stanley Clarke, keyboardist Jan Hammer, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and guitarists John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía. He also guested on "Allergies" from Paul Simon's "Hearts and Bones" album (1983). He also appeared with Frank Zappa Live at the Ritz in 1981. In the beginning of his career, as evidenced on his first solo album Land of the Midnight Sun (1976), Di Meola was noted for his technical mastery and extremely fast, complex guitar solos and compositions. But even on his early albums, he had begun to explore Mediterranean cultures and acoustic genres like flamenco. Good examples are "Mediterranean Sundance" and "Lady of Rome, Sister of Brazil" from the Elegant Gypsy album (1977). His early albums were very influential among rock and jazz guitarists alike. Di Meola continued to explore Latin music within the jazz fusion genre on albums like "Casino" and "Splendido Hotel". He exhibited a more subtle touch on acoustic numbers like "Fantasia Suite for Two Guitars" from the "Casino" album, and on the best-selling live album with McLaughlin and de Lucia, "Friday Night in San Francisco". The latter album became one of the most popular live albums for acoustic guitar ever recorded and was sold more than two million times worldwide.  Although not a Gypsy or a specialist of the Django Reinhardt style, he will offer a workshop based on his improvisation techniques, which are very close to the Django style but different enough to be an incredible complement. It will be a breathtaking two hours of enlightenment.

Paulus Schäfer:

A composer and arranger, Paulus is considered to be one of  the most talented Gypsy Jazz (Jazz Manouche) guitar players from the Netherlands. Paulus was born into a Dutch Sinti-Romani(Gypsy) community where he was taught to play the guitar at a very early age. Like almost all Gypsy Jazz players and Gypsy Jazz fans, Paulus considers Django Reinhardt to be his idol. Paulus has recorded or performed on stage with many artists including Stochelo Rosenberg, Fapy Lafertin, Tim Kliphuis, Jimmy Rosenberg, Dominique Paats, Biréli Lagrène, and Andreas Öberg. He is one of the most sought after teachers in this style. He created his own online school, which is one of the most popular in the world.

David Gastine:

David is one of the great masters of the Gypsy rhythm guitar, and a specialist of the traditional French Musette and Swing songbook. His sense of groove and sound has no match in the world today. He played rhythm for Stochelo Rosenberg, Bireli Lagrene, Tchavolo Schmidt, Angelo Debarre, Sammy Daussat, Rodolphe Raphaelli, and was part of the Selmer #607 project featuring Adrien Moignard, Benoit Convert, and Sebatien Giniaux. He is one of the most sought after rhythm players in the world.

Denis Chang:

Besides being a master guitarist, Denis is THE reference of teaching videos in the world. He created DC music school 5 years ago, and has managed to gather all the greatest guitarists to share their knowledge in a unique video format seen nowhere else. Denis' knowledge of the Django Reinhardt style in invaluable. He is a reference in the teaching of this style worldwide.

Stochelo Rosenberg:

Stochelo is a legend in the Django Reinhardt style. He is one of the grand masters of this style, and one of the founding fathers of the revival of this style in the early 90s. His album Seresta is still considered today as one of the landmarks of Gypsy Jazz. Stochelo’s knowledge of Django’s music, his virtuosity, creativity and his versatility are unique in the world. Stochelo will teach a two-hour class each afternoon at the camp. Each class will focus on a specific Django solo, with Stochelo’s unique approach to it. He will share his own fingerings, his way of understanding, and techniques and pathways to improvise in the specific song.

Alfonso Ponticelli:

A multi-instrumentalist, Ponticelli won the 1994 U.S. National Mountain Dulcimer Championship and continues to perform solo mountain dulcimer and guitar. He has played both banjo and guitar with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and was invited to perform solo didgeridoo at the Chicago Symphony Center. Ponticelli has collaborated in Chicago with Arabic, Irish, Bluegrass, Gypsy, Romanian and many other traditional folk musicians. He performed at Chicago’s Millennium Park on its opening night as well as at every major museum in the city. Ponticelli is the 2009 recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts from Order Sons of Italy in America and holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. He travelled to Cordoba, Spain (1994) to study with the great flamenco guitarists Rafael Riqueni and Manolo Sanlucar, New Mexico to study with Chuscales and Pedro Cortes and has had the great flamenco singer and guitarist Pansequito join his band for two years. He has performed at the Iridium in New York City where Les Paul invited Alfonso to play as a special guest with his trio. Ponticelli shares his education and love of music by teaching workshops at many festivals, including 13 years at the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest in Madison, Wisconsin. He introduced Gypsy jazz to Chicago in the 1990s, when he began teaching a weekly Django-style class at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music, where he has taught for 16 years. Ponticelli has shared his music at many prestigious festivals, including the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois, France, DjangoFest Northwest, Gypsy Jazz fests in New York City, Denver, CO., and extensively throughout the Midwest. Alfonso Ponticelli has collaborated with many Chicago institutions for 14 years to present the great culture of the Roma/Gypsy people through music with his annual Chicago Gypsy Jazz festival.

Olli Soikkeli:

Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991. Now based in New York City. He started playing guitar at the age of 12. After a few years of playing Olli was introduced to the music of Django Reinhardt, and Gypsy Jazz has been Olli’s main focus ever since. Soon Olli was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland. He has played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Stochelo Rosenberg, Tommy Emmanuel, Andreas Öberg, Cyrille Aimee, Anat Cohen, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu. In 2011, Olli recorded his first album "Trois Générations" with Hot Club de Finlande and Vitali Imereli. In 2012 he recorded his second album "Kouvola Junction" with Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud van den Berg. 2014 Rhythm Future Quartet's debut album was released. The Wall Street Journal wrote “Olli Soikkeli, a riveting Finish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.” Despite his young age he’s already considered by many to be one of the most important players in the Django scene.



Teachers will be rotating to small groups everyday. This is to insure all students have access to as many teachers as possible, providing them with the opportunity to receive a wide range of information and advice. 

To ensure that everyone who wants to attend the music festival and camp can do so, we have the option to purchase tickets using a payment plan. By purchasing this ticket you will make 3 equal payments of $300.00 each. The first payment will be at the time of purchase and the following 2 will be in monthly intervals from the time of purchase. We will contact you on the day that your next payment is due. Click here to purchase using our payment plan.

Tuesday February 28th, 2017

4pm: Registration 
8pm-9:30pm: Welcome concert hosted by Stephane Wrembel and the teachers, with the special presentation by Michael Bauer, who will bring his collection of ancient Gypsy guitars. A lecture about the history of these incredible instruments will be given. The concert will follow the history of  1000 years of the Romani trail, and the journey of the Gypsies from India to Europe.

Wednesday March 1st, 2017

9am-10:30am: Small groups, warm up and rhythm playing.

11am-12:30pm: Small groups, improvisation and solos analysis.

2pm-3:45pm: All students- Stochelo Rosenberg's special Django solos transcriptions and analysis.

4pm-6pm: All students- Stephane Wrembel and Juanito Pascual workshop on improvisation.

8pm-9:30pm: Concert- Alfonso Ponticelli and Juanito Pascual.

Thursday March 2nd, 2017

9am-10:30am: Small groups, warm up and rhythm playing.

11am-12:30pm: Small groups, improvisation and solos analysis.

2pm-3:45pm: All students- Stochelo Rosenberg's special Django solos transcriptions and analysis.

4pm-6pm: All students- Al Di Meola workshop on improvisation.

8pm-9:30pm:  Concert- Rhythm Future Quartet featuring Olli Soikelli and Jason Annick.

Friday March 3rd, 2017

9am-10:30am: Small groups, warm up and rhythm playing.

11am-12:30pm: Small groups, improvisation and solos analysis.

2pm-4pm: Open teaching with camp teachers, all students.

8:30pm-11pm: Live at Carnegie Hall.

Saturday March 4th, 2017

9am-10:30am: Small groups, warm up and rhythm playing.

11am-12:30pm: Small groups, improvisation and solos analysis.

2pm-3:45pm: All students- Stochelo Rosenberg's special Django solos transcriptions and analysis.

4pm-6pm: All students- Larry Keel workshop on improvisation.

8pm-9:30pm: Concert- Paulus Schäfer.

Sunday March 5th, 2017

10am-3pm: Students concerts party, free and opened to the public.

5pm-midnight: The Barbes-Brooklyn Gypsy jazz party/jam/concert featuring NYC and East Coast bands, as well as some of the camp teachers and performers.


Django a Gogo 2017 Music Festival and Camp
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to Sunday, March 05, 2017
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