Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley —
Reinhardt Refracted: Join classical Trio RASA and guitarist Troy Chapman as we explore the many shades of Django, including music that inspired his aspirations as a composer. Hear both well-known Django tunes as well as some of his more seldom-performed pieces paired–like fine wine–with music by Claude Debussy, Amy Beach, Germaine Tailleferre (and more!). We’ll also share a ghazal by the great Mehdi Hassan, born in pre-partition Rajasthan–the land where the Romani peoples originated. Like light passed through a prism, come experience the many colors of Django Reinhardt!
The Nick Lehr Memorial Festival Performer Djam, curated by Simon Planting
Simon Planting is the DjangoFest NorthWest Artistic Director. The Dutch double bassist lives near San Francisco, but studied classical bass with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and jazz at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam before embarking on a professional career. He has performed in concerts and festivals the world over, and has compiled an impressive discography with artists like Mathilde Santing, Fapy Lafertin, Jimmy Rosenberg, Stephane Wrembel, and John Jorgenson.