Saturday, April 22, 7:30pm
Meet Me in Paris with Hot Club of San Francisco
The acclaimed Hot Club of San Francisco returns to the Miller Center with the popular French vocalist Isabelle Fontaine in Meet Me in Paris, a charming concert invoking an unforgettable Parisian experience.
Love songs and driving gypsy jazz are a combination made famous during the 20s and 30s in Paris by the legendary Hot Club de France, Django Reinhardt, and Stephane Grappelli. Following the First World War, the city became a gathering place for artists from around the world and The Hot Club's unique sound of gypsy jazz reflects this inter-wartime collection of cultures.
Keep time with the strum of the rhythm guitars and let the magical guitar and fiddle solos take you on a ride down the Seine and through the heart of the city. Ms. Fontaine's mix of sweet and sultry songs adds a touch of beauty and authenticity that echoes the historic Ville-Lumière, "the city of light."
Gypsy Swing Master Class for Guitarists
Saturday, April 22, 1:00pm
This masterclass is geared for intermediate to advanced players of all ages and is comprised of a lecture, demonstration, participation and Q&A. It will encompass everything from the swinging rhythm to the solo voice as defined by such players as Django Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Fapy Lafertin, Romane, and Angelo Debarre. Paul Mehling has studied and played with many of the top gypsy swing players from around the world. He is uniquely qualified to answer all questions concerning the various technical challenges presented by playing this music. He will explain the harmonic considerations that define the genre including which notes to play, which notes to emphasize, how to deal with troublesome chord changes, melodic constructions, 'gypsy' chords, ornamentation, and the scales that create the magic and mystery of gypsy swing. Two or more tunes will be analyzed and then played by the group, allowing for comparison and review by all.
(Receive a $5.00 discount if you purchase a ticket to the workshop and evening performance of the Hot Club of San Francisco)