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Music Festival and Guitar Camp Comes to Maplewood Feb. 28 to March 5


Beginning February 28, guitarists from around the globe will descend on the leafy suburb of Maplewood for the chance to learn from and listen to some of the greatest living acoustic guitar players as they celebrate the musical legacy of Gypsy Jazz legend Django Reinhardt (pronounced Jango).

This one-of-a-kind “Music Camp” is a first-class program designed to provide musicians of all levels access to the greatest instruction and teachers available. It is part of the Django A-Go-Go Festival founded by renowned guitarist and Maplewood resident Stephane Wrembel.

Wrembel will be joined for this weeklong series of master classes, seminars and educational forums by a “who’s who” of internationally acclaimed artists. This includes Dutch-born virtuoso Stochelo Rosenberg, considered the world’s leading proponent of gypsy jazz guitar style, and Al DiMiola, a genuine icon of 70’s Jazz Fusion and five time winner of Guitar Player Magazine's Readers Poll for Best Jazz Guitarist.

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Other artists participating in the festival include: Alfonso Ponticelli, Paulus Schäfer, Larry Keel, Juanito Pascual, David Gastine, Olli Soikkeli, Thor Jensen, Denis Chang and Sara L'Abriola.

The Music Camp has attracted over 60 regional and international students, instructors and performers. With guitarists coming from France, England, Australia, Chile, The Netherlands and across the United States, Maplewood will for one week be the epicenter of the acoustic guitar world. 

In addition to the daytime camp activities, the Django A-Go-Go Festival continues each evening with a series of concerts at The Woodland beginning at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Opening Night Performance: Stephane Wrembel, Sara L'Abriola, and special guests

Wednesday, March 1

Django Flamenco!: Alfonso Ponticelli and Juanito Pascual

Thursday, March 2: 

Olli Soikkeli and Rhythm Future Quartet

Friday, March 3

Django A-Go-Go at Carnegie Hall

On Friday March 3, Wrembel and company will head to Manhattan for an all-star concert at Carnegie Hall

Saturday, March 4

Paulus Schafer and Special Guests

Sunday, March 5 at 11 a.m.

Student Performances Free to the Public

For Concert Tickets and more information:

Django A-Go-Go in Maplewood

Activities in Maplewood will take place at The Woodland and Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts. Camp will begin at 9 a.m. and break for lunch at 12:30 p.m. Returning at 2 p.m., students will work until 6 p.m., take a break for dinner and be back at the Woodland for 8 p.m. performances.

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