Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Channeling Django

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Channeling Django

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Even if you don't know Stephane Wrembel's name, there's a good chance you've heard his music, whether in television commercials or a couple of Woody Allen films, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris. Wrembel, a New York guitarist by way of France, is one of the leading modern Gypsy-jazz players. He's known for infusing his work with world music and contemporary classical ideas, but on his latest project, the two-album The Django Experiment I and II (Water Is Life Records), he revisits his roots as a relatively straight Gypsy-jazz guitarist.

"Windmills," from the first album, is a brisk waltz that showcases Wrembel's formidable command of the guitar. It's an athletic outing throughout its three (See music, p. 54) 32-bar sections, the first two in the key of E minor and the third in the relative major, G.

The melody is by turns scalar and harmonic. …

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