Django Music Festival

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That was my first question too? What is "Django" when I found these street musicians gathered and starting to jam. No they didn't know each other, they just love the music and so the animated conversation and music began.

Here are my first photos. I'll try and post more. There's a link on my website where you can find out more.

http://www.beaucamera.com

Virginia
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Hi Beaucamera,

I couldn't find those photos of the festival in your fine gallery.
I'm pretty sure that Django probably refers to Django Reinhardt
who was an extremely influential jazz/swing guitarist in the
1930s and thereafter. He was raised in a gypsy caravan
in or around Paris in France I believe and remarkably he lost
the use of 2 or more fingers on his right hand in a fire when
quite young as a result of a caravan fire. His very fast, precise
and melodic guitar playing is even more amazing given this
disfigurement and the way he worked around it.

Basically he is a giant in traditional jazz/swing. I came to hear
about him when I was about 12 when I saw a concert given
by a young guy who was also from a European gypsy origin
who was being hailed as the new Django. His name is Bireli
Lagrene. He was fantastic. He diversified a good deal since then
(which was a pity) but the swing guitar style is infectious.
If you get a chance pick up a CD of Django playing with Stefan
Grapelli on violin. It is wonderful musicianship.

--IL
 
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irishlens said:
Hi Beaucamera,

I couldn't find those photos of the festival in your fine gallery.
I'm pretty sure that Django probably refers to Django Reinhardt
who was an extremely influential jazz/swing guitarist in the
1930s and thereafter. He was raised in a gypsy caravan
in or around Paris in France I believe and remarkably he lost
the use of 2 or more fingers on his right hand in a fire when
quite young as a result of a caravan fire. His very fast, precise
and melodic guitar playing is even more amazing given this
disfigurement and the way he worked around it.

Basically he is a giant in traditional jazz/swing. I came to hear
about him when I was about 12 when I saw a concert given
by a young guy who was also from a European gypsy origin
who was being hailed as the new Django. His name is Bireli
Lagrene. He was fantastic. He diversified a good deal since then
(which was a pity) but the swing guitar style is infectious.
If you get a chance pick up a CD of Django playing with Stefan
Grapelli on violin. It is wonderful musicianship.

--IL

Yes, this festival honors "the" Django Reinhart. Today I met Paul Mehling of The Hot Club of San Francisco. He was one of the performers for tonight so I added more photos, including a couple of him.

I've put a link to Paul's fantastic website on this page .
http://www.beaucamera.com/imagegalleries/gallery_streetmusic2.htm

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Another day of shooting and another celebrity! This time it was the acclaimed French guitarist, Elios Ferré. Unfortunately he didn't speak a work of English and my French is abominable.

Here are my pictures from yesterday's shoot.

http://www.beaucamera.com/imagegalleries/gallery_streetmusic3.htm

If you aren't familiar with "Django" music, I invite you to discover this fascinating WWII era music.

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Updated Gallery:The Grande Finale Django San Francisco

On the last day of the festival I was invited to go backstage and meet the performers. Then "with my press pass"in hand, I took photos of the show. I added 3 more pages of images to my web gallery, "Street Music."

I hope you'll get a chance to enjoy these too.

Just click on the galley link here and you'll be there!

http://www.beaucamera.com

Virginia
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