The Road to Django

Festival place , Sherwood Park

The Road to Django is a show presented by the Gadjo Collective that celebrates the life of Django Reinhardt, the founder of what we know of a "gypsy jazz" and the music of the Roma. The idea is to extrapolate backwards to the origin of Romani people in India and follow the Roma trail from India to Spain and explore the music along the way. The show is tailored to fit the event, from intimate concerts to Balkan and swing dance parties, from solo performances to festivals with up to 14 musicians and 8 dancers. This show draws on a talented pool of musicians each of whom provide their unique musicality and energy to make and shape this original and exciting show. The Road to Django Collective was put together after Cam Neufeld attended the Django festival in Samois, France in 2010 that celebrated Django’s 100th birthday. That same year Cam traveled to India to explore the roots of Django's music continuing through the Balkans, Spain and France studying and composing music. Since then, Cam has made many more trips to India, Turkey and the Balkans playing and researching the music of the Roma. Many of the compositions in this show were written while traveling. Following the Roma trail from India through Persia, Turkey, the Balkans, and Spain, ending with the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, this show will take you on a musical journey through exotic lands to the swing era of the Quintet of the Hotclub of France!

The Gadjo Collective presents The Road to Django

Cam Neufeld and the Gadjo Collective

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The Road to Django is a show about Cam Neufeld's travels to India, Turkey, the Balkans, Spain and to the Django festival in Samois in 2010. The idea was to explore the roots of the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and the quintet of the Hot Club of France. To this end Cam travelled what could be called the " Roma Trail" starting at the birthplace of Romani People in Rajasthan. All pieces were composed while travelling, inspired by the many musicians and music encountered along the way. Many thanks to everyone who worked on this show! All compositions by Cam Neufeld except Swing 39/42/48 ( Django Reinhardt) and Cold like that ( Billie Zizi) Musicians Cam Neufeld - violin Billie Zizi - vocals and guitar Lisi Sommer - vocals Don Ross - clarinet Spencer Murray- saxaphone Mary-Lee Bird - trombone Keith Rempel -sousaphone Clint Pelletier - guitar Alin Rogos - guitar Ahmed Al Auqaily - darbuka Daniel Stadniki - drums Roya Yasdanmehr -vocals Marianne Watchel -director and producer Recorded, mixed and mastered by Harry Greg of Riverdale Recorders Photo's by Klyment Tan

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The Road to Django

Festival place , Sherwood Park

The Road to Django is a show presented by the Gadjo Collective that celebrates the life of Django Reinhardt, the founder of what we know of a "gypsy jazz" and the music of the Roma. The idea is to extrapolate backwards to the origin of Romani people in India and follow the Roma trail from India to Spain and explore the music along the way. The show is tailored to fit the event, from intimate concerts to Balkan and swing dance parties, from solo performances to festivals with up to 14 musicians and 8 dancers. This show draws on a talented pool of musicians each of whom provide their unique musicality and energy to make and shape this original and exciting show. The Road to Django Collective was put together after Cam Neufeld attended the Django festival in Samois, France in 2010 that celebrated Django’s 100th birthday. That same year Cam traveled to India to explore the roots of Django's music continuing through the Balkans, Spain and France studying and composing music. Since then, Cam has made many more trips to India, Turkey and the Balkans playing and researching the music of the Roma. Many of the compositions in this show were written while traveling. Following the Roma trail from India through Persia, Turkey, the Balkans, and Spain, ending with the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, this show will take you on a musical journey through exotic lands to the swing era of the Quintet of the Hotclub of France!