Stephane Wrembel is one of the most highly regarded guitarists in the world specializing in the style of legendary composer/guitarist Django Reinhardt; he learned his craft among the gypsies at campsites in the French countryside before graduating from Berklee College of Music. He has had a remarkable career, touring the world, while releasing 16 albums under his name and the nom de plume, The Django Experiment. His original compositions have been featured in Midnight in Paris (“Bistro Fada”), Vicki Cristina Barcelona (“Big Brother”) and Rifkin’s Festival (original score). Midnight in Paris won the Grammy Award for “Best Compilation Soundtrack” and Stephane was selected by award-winning composer/producer Hans Zimmer to perform at the 2012 Academy Awards as part of his “All Star Band” that also included Esperanza Spalding, Pharrell, and Shelia E. Stephane recorded Gypsy Rumble and toured nationally with famed mandolinist/composer David Grisman. Has opened or performed with Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, The Roots, Medeski Martin & Wood, Me’shell Ndegeocello, John Schofield, Larry Keel, Stochelo Rosenberg, Sam Bush and more.
Since 2003, Wrembel has produced the Django a Gogo Festival, bringing together some of the finest musicians in the world to celebrate the Sinti guitar style to perform in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Town Hall.
Stephane’s world-class band includes: Josh Kaye on guitar; Ari Folman-Cohen on bass; and Nick Anderson on drums.
His specialty program, Django New Orleans, sold out 8 shows at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center in November of 2021. These performances include horns, percussion and vocals.
In 2019, Wrembel released the highly regarded Django L’Impressionniste, featuring 17 of Reinhardt’s preludes for solo guitar, followed by a book of his transcriptions in 2021. He is the only guitarist in the world that can perform these 17 preludes in their entirety. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABQ1-V_1bY&t=75s
Here’s what the critics say:
“Perhaps the most creative improviser in Gypsy jazz today, Mr. Wrembel plays the guitar with a rich and colorful lyricism.” – New York Times
“Stephane Wrembel just might be the greatest acoustic guitarist alive.”—The Aquarian
“For North Americans, Stephane Wrembel represents the living face of gypsy jazz.”–New York Observer
“…a true gypsy guitar master. His band of accomplished artists unveiled a seemingly effortless, unspoken musical thread, and shared an untouchable virtuoso mastery of an underappreciated genre of jazz. Wrembel’s clear passion, superb tonality and stunning finger work make the most mind-blowing guitar lines appear elementary…A wonderful celebration of pure musical spirit.” –Music Connection