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Django Reinhardt: Two Fingers in Paris
December 17, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Django Reinhardt is one of the most influential guitarists of all time and was the European king of swing in the late 30s & early 40s. Join us for this evening to learn about Django’s music, his story, and the lasting influence he has on countless musicians in a depth beyond the cliched sounds of the Paris café that often caricaturize his music.
Featuring guitarist Justin Duhaime, violinist Drew Jurecka, and guitarist Théo Gjini, performing live together across the Internet respectively from their studios in Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal!
About the musicians
Justin Duhaime is a passionate guitarist, composer and teacher with a deep commitment to music. He has sold out concerts at various venues and festivals throughout Ottawa. Duhaime is the recipient of the Ottawa Arts Council’s 2018 RBC Emerging Artist Award, the first musician to ever receive the award. As a freelance guitarist Duhaime has performed in a wide array of musical styles. Most recently, he has emerged as a leading figure in the jazz manouche scene in Ottawa with his group Gypsy Muse. Duhaime is fluent in French and English and has been teaching guitar in both languages since 2005. He has a self-published instructional guitar book, published over 300 videos on YouTube, composed over 40 pieces and is sponsored by DK Guitars. He has studied with David Liebman, Vic Juris, Denis Chang, Jesse Stewart, Roddy Ellias, Mark Ferguson, and Tim Bedner among others.
Drew Jurecka is an accomplished jazz and session violinist but also as an arranger, producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. Trained classically, he studied with Lorand Fenyves and has a degree from the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. Drew has spent the last twelve years playing jazz, pop, rock and other contemporary styles in Toronto. Though violin is his primary instrument, he also works frequently as a performer and recording sideman on viola, saxophone, clarinet, and mandolin. For five years, Drew played with Jeff Healey as part of his Jazz Wizards band, which toured extensively across Canada. Drew can be heard on three of Jeff Healey’s CDs, including the Juno Nominated “Last Call”. Drew has also toured nationally and internationally with The Polyjesters, Jesse Cook, Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe, Alex Pangman, the Bebop Cowboys and Jill Barber. Drew’s arrangements have been used on countless records for artists across Canada, the United States and Europe. Drew has written original scores for eight stage plays, including seven for Vancouver- based ‘Monster Theatre’ and one for Tracey Erin Smith’s play “the Burning Bush”, which has been performed extensively in Toronto and New York City. He has also written and produced music for film, including the award-winning documentary “Cuba Libre” and the recent shorts “An Insignificant Man” and “Sidestep Goosestep.” Drew currently teaches violin at Humber College, where he has helped to create the only specialized jazz strings post-secondary program in Canada. In seven years, the program has quadrupled in size and now includes ensembles, technique, and master classes in addition to private lessons. His students have gone on to win international jazz awards and to perform and record in Canada, the US and France. From 2002 – 2011, Drew was the director of the Jazz series at the Northern Lights Music Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico. During that time, he sold out nearly every show, performing with renowned Canadian artists such as Richard Underhill, Daniel Barnes, Terra Hazelton, Sophia Perlman, and Jill Barber. He is also a member of the Payadora Ensemble and Venuti String Quartet with violinist Rebekah Wolkstein.
Théo Gjini est un guitariste originaire des Pyrénées Atlantiques, en France, région où il prit ses premiers cours de guitare à l’âge de quinze ans, après avoir étudié le piano. Fortement influencé par Django Reinhardt, et la musique manouche plus largement, son style est inspiré par modernité et le lyrisme de Biréli Lagrène ou encore Adrien Moignard, pour ne citer qu’eux. Sont à noter deux albums très éclectiques “Fausse Route” avec le groupe Oihana Quartet, et le plus récent “La belle époque” du groupe La Verdine avec lequel il se produit sur la mythique scène du Festival Django Reinhard à Samois-sur-seine en 2019!
Théo Gjini is a guitarist originally from the Pyrénées Atlantiques, in France, a region where he took his first guitar lessons at the age of fifteen, after studying the piano. Strongly influenced by Django Reinhardt, and gypsy music more broadly, his style is inspired by modernity and the lyricism of Biréli Lagrène and Adrien Moignard, to name a few. Of note are two very eclectic albums “Fausse Route” with the group Oihana Quartet, and the most recent “La belle époque” by the group La Verdine with which he performed on the legendary stage of the Django Reinhard Festival in Samois-sur-Seine in 2019!