Jazz by Stéphane Wrembl at the Clark | Music | Hudson Valley
The Clark Art Institute will get a dose of authentic gypsy jazz when guitarist Stéphane Wrembl and his band visit August 24 to perform outdoors at the museum.
Wrembel and his band blend nonchalance and cheerful virtuosity, carrying on the groundbreaking traditions of jazz guitar popularized by the legendary and endlessly influential Django Reinhardt. Wrembel grew up in Fontainebleau, France, where he learned his trade among Roma communities at campsites in the French countryside. He was inspired by his Belgian-born Reinhardt, who spent his last years living in the wooded area outside of Paris. Reinhardt, a Romani guitar master, is known for inventing a distinctive style of guitar playing after his left hand was badly burned in a fire.
Although Wrembel is known for his stylization and interpretation of Reinhardt’s music, he created a sound all his own, blending jazz, blues, classical, swing, flamenco and rock. Wrembel brings his laid-back musical elegance to his original compositions, many of which have been featured in films such as Vicki Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris and Rifkin’s Festival. Wrembel performs worldwide and has performed at major concert halls including Carnegie Hall and the Caramoor Jazz Festival.
Stéphane Wrembl and his group will perform at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on August 24 at 6 p.m. The concert is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic and seats.