Djangoary© DjangoFest!

Djangoary© DjangoFest!

Jan 21, 2012 |  0 comments
Date: Jan 21, 2012 Time: 7:00 pm Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door Type: Gypsy Jazz

Djangoary Music Soiree© with The Dallas Vietty Musette Project, Gypsy Roots &  the Woodshedders! 3 great acts celebrate… it’s Django ‘s Birthday on Jan. 23!!  One of the first prominent European jazz musicians, Django Reinhardt remains one of the most renowned jazz guitarists.

Tonight’s show is hosted by Thomas Wakefield and Gypsy Roots: Sound travels.  That’s the maxim of jazz guitarist and anthropologist, Thomas Wakefield.  His compositions and arrangements live in this philosophy as they draw upon a variety of cultural/musical influences and are performed within the improvisational realm of jazz.  Wakefield’s music is a collection of “sonic postcards” from other places, cultures, and times steeped in the traditions of the American Jazz musician. Award winning guitarist/anthropologist, Thomas Wakefield has forged a unique path that results in a cross disciplined art that is both fun and informative.  His goal in his pursuits is to provide audiences with an increased awareness of folkways, cultures, and music histories while creating music that is emotionally provocative and intellectually stimulating.  The music of Thomas Wakefield takes the listener on journeys far and wide in an entertaining, freewheeling manner. A musician of many hats best describes the career of Thomas Wakefield.  Hailing from a musical family in Virginia, Thomas began his early studies formally on piano and trumpet.  Guitar (largely self taught) and percussion followed in his teen years.  It was in his teens that Wakefield began to receive accolades for his performances on guitar, winning awards at the Smokey Mountain Music Festival, as well as being honored with the Student of the Year in Anthropology Award by Virginia Commonwealth University.  This pursuit of hard work and dedication has continued through to today with his most recent nomination for the Virginia Commission of the Arts’ Heritage Award.  He has worked as music producer, including the Time for Miracles CD project, to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, and has worked on several educational programs for Public Radio to showcase Gypsy Jazz.  Performances and lecture/workshops have taken him from music festivals and concert halls to lecture halls and classrooms.  Thomas Wakefield is currently a contributing journalist to Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, principal guitarist/founder of Gypsy Roots (world jazz) and the Royal Jokers (blues/jazz) , and owner of the Ashland Music Academy. While the paths have been many and divergent, the goal of the journey has remained consistent: to entertain, enrich, and educate audiences while expanding their knowledge of world music cultures and folkways.  Sound travels…and with it, the guitar of Thomas Wakefield.

Please visit www.gypsyroots.net for more information about Thomas Wakefield performances, lecture appearances, workshops, and news.
Quotes:
“ . . . the music (of Gypsy Roots) never makes a home anywhere but where it is at the moment.”
                                                                   Steve Clark
                                                                   Producer at WCVE Public Radio
“Lead by guitarist Thomas Wakefield, Gypsy Roots is forging an original path in the style called Gypsy jazz. There’s a progressive element in Wakefield’s compositions that gives the group a sonic signature, which is all important and too often missing.”
                                                                   John Jorgenson
                                                                   international guitarist/composer 
 
The Dallas Vietty Musette Project explores the French accordion waltz music of 20′s-50′s known as Musette. The music seethes with vivacity and is steeled by an effervescent joy. The music is a mélange; it is Gypsy, it is French, it is Italian, it is folk, it is classical, and because of the heavy swing influence it is American. Montmarte accordion-noir in the age of the information waltz. The Musette Project has performed at The Kimmel Center for The Performing Arts in Philadelphia for the TEDx Talks (Oct. 2010), the Django Reinhardt birthday celebration Djanguary in Ashland, VA (January 2011). Dallas Vietty is an accomplished performing artist. He has performed and or recorded with: national champion Mark Cosgrove, The Hot Club of Philadelphia, Grammy nominee accordionist Alex Meixner and many others, he leads The Musette Project.
 visit their website: ttp://musetteproject.com/

The Woodshedders are an original spark on the American soundscape. This talented bunch has mined its musical coal and renders to us a slew of new songs and sounds inspired by the old-times. With a fiery fiddle, gypsy guitar, rambling bass, pouncing drums, and songbird harmonies (and a host of awesome guests) the band veers from hard-swinging Django-esque romps to hot country jump blues; old-timey waltzes to misty mountain ballads. The delivery is spontaneous and genuine, and irreverently harrows the boundaries of contemporary roots music. Their debut album Catch That Yardbird graces the SoundStage! Top Ten List, and was honored Roots Album of the Year by JustPlainFolks in 2009, the world’s largest independent music awards. visit their website: http://thewoodshedders.com/

Note: Earlier show time.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

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