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UPCOMING EVENTS

Django A Gogo Festival

WITH STEPHANE WREMBEL & FRIENDS

Stephane Wrembel, one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music, presents Django a Gogo Festival celebrating the life and music of legendary musician, Django Reinhardt, with an interactive guitar workshop and two very special concerts.

Born in Paris and raised in Fontainebleau, the home of Impressionism and Django Reinhardt, Wrembel— who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside— has had a remarkable career. Since 2002, this prolific, virtuoso guitarist has released over a dozen recordings under his name and the nom de plume, The Django Experiment. Wrembel is best known for his original composition “Bistro Fada,” the theme song from the 2011 Woody Allen Academy Award® winning film, “Midnight In Paris,” which also won a Grammy Award® for the soundtrack. Subsequently, Wrembel was hand-selected by award winning composer/producer Hans Zimmer to perform at the 2012 Academy Awards® as part of his “All Star Band.”

Wrembel has been based in the NYC area for the past 20 years and since his studies at Berklee College of Music. He has toured around the world including venues and festivals in the U.S, Canada, France, Israel, Nigeria and India. Wrembel has headlined at Lincoln Center, recorded with mandolin legend David Grisman, toured with master violinist Mark O’Connor and shared stages with a long list of world renowned musicians.

In 2003, Wrembel created his own annual event, Django a Gogo Festival, where he and other musicians influenced by Django Reinhardt celebrate the Sinti guitar style. Django a Gogo is a world class evening of gypsy jazz performed at the highest level of musicianship. The concert repertoire follows the Django canon and veers into reinterpretation, improvisation and interplay between musicians from various backgrounds.

Django a Gogo has been presented at the legendary venues Carnegie Hall and The Town Hall in New York City. Now, you can experience the show (or shows) in the comfort of your own living room!

 

This event is presented in partnership with Water is Life Records, Arté Boréal, Town Hall, and Alliance Française Toronto - with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

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Sweet Honey In The Rock

MLK Day Celebration Reclaiming the Beloved Community

Join Washington, D.C.-based, African-American a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock®, as they mark this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a celebration of hope, resilience, and new beginnings. The ensemble will once again take the stage at the historic Lincoln Theatre, where they will look out to an audience of thousands from around the world who have joined via Zoom so that they can be seen by the artists. The concert will feature an exciting lineup of special guests including Kiki Shepard, Keith David, Mumu Fresh, Azar Lawrence, and Wycliffe Gordon who reflect the life of Reverend King and offer words of inspiration for the future.

Since 1973, Sweet Honey has empowered and inspired with songs about a range of social issues, blending potent themes with gorgeous artistry to stir the mind and the soul. Throughout their sterling career, the ensemble has raised their voices to defend civil rights, social justice, equality, and freedom for all.

The three-time Grammy® Award-nominated and internationally renowned group currently consists of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Rochelle Rice, Christie Dashielland features Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. This performance will include American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, Barbara Hunt.

This event is made possible by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (CAH). The CAH is an independent agency in the District of Columbia government that evaluates and initiates action on matters relating to the arts and humanities and encourages programs and the development of programs that promote progress in the arts and humanities. CAH is the designated state arts agency for the District of Columbia and is supported primarily through District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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