Gypsy jazz drives rhythms and humorous mash-ups on Oak Bay stage

Gypsy jazz drives rhythms and humorous mash-ups on Oak Bay stage

Van Django performs Feb.23 at 7:30 p.m. at Oak Bay Recreation Centre

Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada’s most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels.

Van Django’s music is well-rooted in the gypsy jazz of 1930’s Paris France, but beyond that it’s all pure blue-skying; flights of dazzling fancy, driving rhythms and boundless creativity featuring original compositions and arrangements including humorous mash-ups that showcase their eclectic influences in full regalia.

“Van Django is a standout act. With a clever mix of contemporary standards, classical ditties, rock homages and solid originals they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on.” – NICK LEHR, Artistic Director, Djangofest Northwest

Since the group’s formation in 1998, they have toured extensively in Canada and the United States as well as international forays to Europe and China. They’ve had many repeat performances at Djangofest Northwest, North America’s premier gypsy jazz festival, held each year on Whidbey Island.

Van Django have released 3 CD’s “Tiptoe Trip”, “Waltz in the Shape of a Tree” and a Christmas CD with special guests titled, “Cool Yule”. Their music has been well received and aired on many radio stations at home and abroad including; CBC, RDI, Espace Musique, NPR and Lyric FM in Ireland.

Van Django performs Feb.23 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6 for dinner) in Oak Bay Recreation’s Upstairs Lounge, 1975 Bee St. Tickets are $20 in advance at Ivy’s Bookshop and Oak Bay Recreation or online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/van-django-tickets-41972061566. Tickets are $25 at the door. Get a taste of the band at www.vandjango.com.


 

keri.coles@oakbaynews.com

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