Django a Gogo 2018 Music Festival And Camp

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Django A Gogo 2018 Music Festival And Camp





May 5th, 2018 8PM 

THE TOWN HALL starring:






May 2, 2018 8PM

The Woodland

“Django and the Gypsies: A Thousand Year Musical Journey From India to Europe"

Featuring: Stephane Wrembel’s Django Experiment

May 3, 2018 8PM

The Woodland

Daisy Castro’s Hot Club

Tribute to Stephane Grappeli
Feat. Sara L’Abriola, Nick Anderson, Josh Kaye, Ari Folman-Cohen


May 4, 2018 8 PM

The Woodland

Paulus Schafer and Olli Soikkeli

A meeting of Gypsy Jazz masterminds!


May 5, 2018 8 PM



May 6, 2018 8 PM

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 in an intimate small group setting, or workshops.



MORE quality - LESS students!


For Django a Gogo 2018, we decided to limit the camp to 30 students. We want the students to have a very close relationship with the teachers (Stochelo Rosenberg, Paulus Schafer, Olli Soikkeli, Stephane Wrembel plus the special workshops guests) and receive as much personally relevant information as possible. We want maximum interaction and personal connection between the Students and the teachers.

To maintain the level of quality we want for Django a Gogo we need to restrain the number to 30.

We will do 3 groups of 10. Each group will receive every day 2 morning classes: A 90mn class on rhythm, followed by a 90mn class on improvisation. In the afternoon there will be a 90mn workshop in small groups with Stochelo Rosenberg and a 90mn workshop with special guests. 

For example:

Group A might be learning with Paulus Schafer the first day. This means, they will spend the entire morning with Paulus-attending his 90-minute rhythm class, and his 90-minute class on improvisation.  On day two, that same group will follow the same format with one of the other teachers, and day three, yet another.  On the fourth day, the morning will be organized a bit differently, with more of a collaborative teaching structure (with one workshop in the afternoon). 

In the afternoon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Stochelo Rosenberg will teach his class. We will have one group of students interacting directly with him, asking questions, playing with him-receiving very intimate, small group instruction, while the other 20 students observe. We rotate that group each of the three days. This provides every camper the opportunity to learn through direct interaction with Stochelo, but also by observing Stochelo share information with other students.

Following Stochelo’s workshop each day will be a second workshop taught by one of the other guest teacher/performers.

The philosophy of it is 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 three groups will be taught at THE WOODLAND, as well as the master classes, and the concerts. The Woodland is a gorgeous building with a nice, old-time concert feel.



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 two hundred concerts a year.


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.


Paulus Schäfer:


A composer and arranger, Paulus is considered to be one of the most talented Gypsy Jazz or "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.


Olli Soikkeli:


Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991 and is 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, 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.


The Program

The camp is limited to 30 students.

Teachers will be rotating to three small groups of 10 everyday. This is to provide students with the opportunity to receive a wide range of information and advice in a very small group setting. 


The program schedule is as follows:


Tuesday May 1, 2018

4pm: Guitar camp registration
8pm-12am: jam session at St. James’ Gate


Wednesday May 2, 2018

9am-1030am: Rhythm Classes
Group A: Paulus Schafer
Group B: Olli Soikkelli
Group C: Stephane Wrembel

11am-1230pm: Solo/Improvisation Classes

Group A: Paulus Schafer
Group B: Olli Soikkelli
Group C: Stephane Wrembel

 2pm-330pm: Stochelo Rosenberg Workshop- group A interacts, Groups B and C observe

 4pm-6pm: Simba Baumgartner Workshop.  Simba is Django Reinhardt’s great grandson! A mighty player himself, born and raised in the purest Gypsy tradition, he will teach a workshop on improvisation, and on the traditional ways of learning. The information and secrets gathered here will be priceless!

6pm-8pm: Soundcheck

8pm-930pm: Concert “Django Reinhardt, The Gypsies, and Their 1000 Year Journey”. This concert, hosted by Stephane Wrembel, will take listeners through the history of the Romani trail, and the journey of the Gypsies from India to Europe.

930pm-12am: Jam session at St. James’ Gate


Thursday May 3, 2018

9pm-1030am: Rhythm Classes
Group A: Stephane Wrembel
Group B: Paulus Schafer
Group C: Olli Soikkelli

11am-1230pm: Solo/Improvisation Classes
Group A: Stephane Wrembel
Group B: Paulus Schafer
Group C: Olli Soikkelli

2pm-330pm: Stochelo Rosenberg Workshop -group B interacts, Groups A and C observe

6pm-8pm: Soundcheck

8pm-930pm Concert “Daisy Castro, Nick Anderson, Sara L’Abriola play the music of Django Reinhardt”

930pm-12am: Jam session at St. James’ Gate


Friday May 4, 2018
9am-1030am: Rhythm Classes
Group A: Olli Soikkelli
Group B: Stephane Wrembel
Group C: Paulus Schafer


11am-1230: Solo/Improvisation Classes
Group A: Olli Soikkelli
Group B: Stephane Wrembel
Group C: Paulus Schafer

2pm-330pm: Stochelo Rosenberg Workshop -group C interacts, groups A and B observe

4pm-6pm: guest workshop TBA

6pm-8pm: Soundcheck

8pm-930pm: Concert “Paulus Schafer and Olli Soikkeli”

930pm-12am: Jam session at St. James’ Gate


Saturday May 5, 2018

9am-1030am: Rhythm Classes
All groups with Paulus, Olli and Stephane

11am-1230pm: Solo/Improvisation Classes
All groups with Paulus, Olli and Stephane 

2pm-4pm: Daisy Castro Workshop. How to improvise view from the violin point of view? Daisy has also a non traditional way of seeing and approaching the instrument which gives her this unique sound and musical angle of hers…

8pm-1130pm: The Concert “Django a Gogo at The Town Hall”


Sunday March 6th, 2017
10am-2pm: Farewell jam session with breakfast organized by the Township of Maplewood

6pm-12am: Farewell Party/Jam/Concert at Barbes in Brooklyn featuring NYC and East Coast bands, as well as some of the camp teachers and performers. 

Event Details

Django a Gogo 2018 Music Festival And Camp
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 to Saturday, May 05, 2018
This event is 
Age Limit: 

Event Map

The Woodland  
60 Woodland Rd
Maplewood, NJ 07040

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