Stephane Wrembel

Stephane Wrembel

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Stephane Wrembel is quite simply one of the finest guitar players in the world.

The breadth and range of his playing and compositions are unmatched.

A performance by Wrembel and his band is journey around the world that always ends at a new destination.

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Biography


“A REVELATION” -David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine

"One the greatest guitar players I've ever seen ...and I don't say that lightly."
-Josh Baron, Relix Magazine

"A John Coltrane-ish search for a moment of musical nirvana..."
-Phil Gallo, Variety

"Don't miss this opportunity to see a truly astonishing talent in action."
-All About Jazz

One could call Stephane Wrembel a nomad, a gypsy, a world Traveler, for the music he plays and his lifestyle are expressions of the gypsy way of life.

Born in Paris and raised in Fontainebleau, home of impressionism and Django Reinhardt's music. Wrembel was classically trained in a music conservatory starting at age four.
Stephane's life took a decisive turn in his late teens when he first discovered the music of Django Reinhardt and the Gypsies. He spent the next ten years of his life learning,
playing, and expanding on this musical tradition. This hard work gave Wrembel the technique, but the time spent playing around the campfires and trailers of the Gypsies gave
him the soul - both necessary ingredients for him to master his art form. Stephane's education continued at the Berklee School of Music where after studying contemporary jazz
and world music he graduated summa cum-laude. Soon after he moved to New York City to live and continue his career.

Like New York, Stephane is always in motion, always searching and never stopping in his quest for a new sound...

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

-Scored the theme to Woody Allen's 2011 Smash Hit
"Midnight In Paris".

-Composed soundtrack music for Woody Allen's 2008
Golden Globe winner "Vicky Cristina Barcelona".

-Recorded his third album with the legendary David Grisman.

-Toured the USA with international master violinist Mark
O'Connor.

-Headlined to a capacity crowd at Lincoln Center.

-Gitane Guitar Company producing the "Stephane Wrembel"
model guitar.

-Opened for Rock and Roll Hall of famer Patty Smith.

-Coached Mariah Carey for her role as a singer/guitar player
for her movie, "Tenessee".

-Wrote the full soundtrack for "Goodbye Baby", winner of
director's award at the 2008 Santa Cruz Film Festival.

-Wrote several scores for national TV and radio
commercials, including Arby's, JP Morgan Chase, Cheerio's,
and Frito Lay's.

-Featured in "Gigs Composite" by director Cree Fertita,
winner of 2007 Emmy Award for Advanced Media: Arts and
Entertainment.

Stephane has performed at many major music festivals:

-The Rochester International Jazz Festival
-High Sierra Music Festival
-The Berkshire Mountain Festival
-Djangofest San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New
Mexico
-Northbeach Jazz Festival
-Jalopi Django Festival
-Whistler international Music Festival

...where he opened and/or performed with Elvis Costello, The Roots, Medeski Martin and Wood, John Scofield, Ryan Montbleau Band, Me'shell Ndegeocello, and Soulive.

Discography

4 Critically Acclaimed Albums:

"Terre des hommes" (2008)
Featuring Julien Augier and Ari Folman Cohen.

"Barbes-Brooklyn" (2006)
Featuring Olivier Manchon and Julien Augier.

"The disc shows off Wrembel's limber chops in a variety of settings, including ebullient French-Gypsy swing, moody ballads, sultry raga-influenced numbers and a lithe cover of Mongo Santamaria's 'Afro Blue'. "
-Time out NY

"The Gypsy Rumble" (2005)
Featuring guests David Grisman, Robin Nolan, Brandi Shearer.
"Big Brother" used on Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina
Barcelona" (2008). Released by Amoeba Music.

"Introducing Stephane Wrembel" (2002)

"The french born is pure dazzle and dash, a stunning storm of notes that blankets the melody in a rain of arpeggiated notes."
-Vintage guitar magazine

"Wrembel is hot and swinging and full of emotion. He plays his heart out and has his own flare. His lines are among the sharpest of the gypsy players."
-Just Jazz Guitar

This album is regularly played on the Hot Club de Pott radio station (24 hours of gypsy music), and a few jazz radio stations of Paris, New Jersey and New York.

BOOKS:

"Getting Into Gypsy Jazz" (2004)
Method book published and distributed internationally by Mel Bay.

"Stephane Wrembel has a winner with GETTING INTO GYPSY JAZZ GUITAR. The book comes with a play-along CD. Written in English, French, and German, the scales and studies will educate as well as entertain. This book will have a wide appeal to those wishing to master Gypsy guitar techniques. Well-constructed and well-written. A nice guide to the world of Gypsy guitar music!"
-jazzreview.com

Set List

Stephane Wrembel's live performance consists of original compositions, jazz standards and Django classics. Every show is different, no song is ever played the same.