7TH ANNUAL DJANGOARY MUSIC SOIREE
January 16, 2016 – 7pm | Tickets are only $32!
Feat. Thomas Wakefield & Gypsy Roots with Gonzalo Bergara!
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060 | Free Parking!
Tickets are available online at www.artsglenallen.com or by calling 804-261-ARTS (2787) today!
Direct Ticket link: http://bit.ly/1lHBV03
Join us for the 7th Annual Djangoary Music Soiree on January 16 at 7pm at The Cultural Arts Center!Celebrate the creative influence of legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt on today’s music! This popular concert event includes live music performances by the genre’s top artists, including local favorite award-winning guitar aficionado Thomas Wakefield & Gypsy Roots and very special guest Gonzalo Bergara! Plus, an exciting and unique hands-on workshop is available to help you sharpen your skills! Tickets are only $32 and are available online at www.artsglenallen.com or by calling 804-261-ARTS (2787) today.
About Gonzalo Bergara
Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist. Mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, he has forged his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz.
Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. In 2000, at age 19, he arrived in America. Now, just 30 years old, Gonzalo has toured worldwide with John Jorgensen Quintet, as well as performing and recording with hundreds of artists including Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks and Howard Alden. His touring resume covers Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and the United States, with notable appearances at Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz Fest, The Montreal Jazz Fest, Django Reinhardt Fest (Germany), Suev Guitar Fest (Italy), Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest and most Django-style Fests in the US.
The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet (GBQ) explores a modern variant of the 1930s Django Reinhardt-inspired sound. The Quartet’s first CD, Porteña Soledad, was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine. Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a “masterpiece.” The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, as well as the music of Buenos Aires. “Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious….and deeply moving.”
One of Gonzalo’s latest projects, The New Hot Club of America (NHCA), features a triple-violin ensemble comprised of some of the top gypsy jazz artists in North America. Modeled on the original instrumentation of the Hot Club of France, NHCA pays particular attention to capturing the sound, style and spirit of this music, performing music composed and performed by Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli.
About Thomas Wakefield & Gypsy Roots
Gypsy Roots: Thomas Wakefield and John Conley (Guitars), Larry Lyles (Violin), Rusty Farmer (Bass), Robert Jacobs (Accordion). Jazz musician and anthropologist, Thomas Wakefield’s vision of putting together a group to explore music and culture come to fruition in the auditory adventure that is Gypsy Roots. Steeped in American blues, swing, Latin and jazz, Gypsy Roots draws upon the strong influence of music within the Gypsy diaspora, particularly the style pioneered by the legendary French Gypsy guitar genius, Django Reinhardt. Terms such as jazz manouche, Gypsy Jazz, and “string swing” have been applied to this genre of music created and explored by Reinhardt and his Roma brethren. The tradition of this music continues today as contemporary Gypsy musicians move forward to create exhilarating and vibrant tapestries of sound with one ear firmly fixed on their rich cultural past. It is within this philosophy that Gypsy Roots creates its sound, full of passion, fun, fire and promise. Join the caravan, sit around the campfire and explore the sonic journeys of Gypsy Roots!