A night filled with the melodic sounds of the acoustic guitar is in store when Stephane Wrembel, called “one of the finest guitar players in the world,” performs. He is scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 28 in Silver City, Wednesday, Nov. 29 in Alamogordo and Nov. 30 in Socorro.
The prolific musician, composer, educator, and musical director was born in Paris, France, and raised in Fontainebleau. Wrembel graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2002 and moved to NYC in 2003. Since 2002, Wrembel has been releasing a steady stream of music, making his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music.
Vintage Guitar Magazine praised Wrembel’s debut recording as “pure dazzle and dash, a stunning storm of notes that blankets the melody in a rain of arpeggiated notes.” David Fricke at Rolling Stone Magazine called him “a revelation.” The New York Times said, “Perhaps the most creative improviser in Gypsy jazz today, Mr. Wrembel plays the guitar with a rich and colorful lyricism."
Wrembel has headlined Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall in New York City and The Lyon Opera House in France, toured with master violinist Mark O’Connor, and has shared stages with everyone from Sam Bush, Stochelo Rosenberg, Esperanza Spalding and Al Di Meola. Wrembel has dazzled audiences at such major gatherings as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Django Reinhardt Festival in France, Ellnora--The Guitar Festival, Caramoor Jazz Festival presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center and many others. He has toured Canada, France, Israel, the United Kingdom, India and Nigeria. In 2003, Wrembel created his own annual event, the Django A Gogo Festival, where he and others influenced by Reinhardt celebrate the Sinti guitar style. The Gitane guitar company has even named a model after him.
“I am so looking forward to Stephane Wrembel’s performance,” New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series Director Ronna Kalish said. “I’m told the breadth and range of his playing and compositions are unmatched. It should be a memorable experience.”