Here's some photos from DjangoFest at Portland's Old Church show March 15, 2007.
It was a great show, despite a few techinical difficulties with the sound. Seeing Andreas and Kruno on stage together and performing a few duets was fantastic. They did an unforgetable duet rendition of Bossa Dorado. Kruno with Vladimir on accordian performed great, Kruno's rich vocals along with his wonderful guitar playing were superb. Andreas and Kruno were backed by Michael Papillo and Teddy G on solid rhythm all night long.
A highlight of the evening, for me, was the suprise and fresh approach to Django's music provided by virtuoso guitarist Stephane Wrembel and his trio with Jared Engle on bass and David Langlois on percusion. Stephane was playing his signature model Gitane complete with 1948 Stimer which was plugged into to a few effects pedals...which brought this music into the next generation and pushed the genre in a fresh new approach. He went thru an AER amp and sounded great. I really liked the way he played a tight set with his trio and threw in different east Indian scales and references into the music. His new CD "Barbes-Brooklyn" is fantastic - without the effects pedals, but with brilliant clean guitar playing more modern jazz standards, some original compositions - the disc has a great feel and mood to it, incuding some gypsy swing, ballads, raga-influenced numbers - it will fit nicely on my shelf next to Ferre Brothers 'Rainbow of Life' and Robin Nolan's 'Travels' CDs.
Thanks to all for coming to Portland, Cheers, Phil