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Van Django playing Rossland

Van Django performs live Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rossland Gallery (the BMO building). - Submitted Photo
Van Django performs live Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rossland Gallery (the BMO building).
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Acoustic string ensemble Van Django is made up of four of Canada’s most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels.

Van Django’s music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining their roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by the 1930’s Quintet of the Hot Club of France.

Since the group’s formation in 1998, they have toured extensively in Canada as well as international forays to the USA and Europe.

The group has had repeat performances at Djangofest Northwest (DFNW) in 2008-2010 sharing the stage with gypsy jazz luminaries such as the John Jorgenson Quintet, the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Romane and his group and the Mark Atkinson Trio.

Their first CD “Tiptoe Trip” has been well received and played on many radio stations at home and abroad including; CBC, RDI, Espace Musique, NPR and Lyric FM in Ireland.

This past April, the band released its second CD “Waltz in the Shape of a Tree”.

Perhaps Nick Lehr, director of Djangofest Northwest, summed it up best describing Van Django when he said:

“In an increasingly crowded niche, Van Django is a standout act. With a clever mix of contemporary standards, classical ditties, rock homages and solid originals they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on.”

The concert is Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rossland Gallery in the historic bank building.

 

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