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 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.
Since the group’s formation in 1998, they have toured extensively in Canada as well as international forays to the USA, Europe and China, they’ve had repeat performances at Djangofest Northwest Festival on Whidbey Island. DFNW is North America’s premier gypsy jazz festival.
They 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 CD’s have been well received and played on many radio stations at home and abroad including; CBC, RDI, Espace Musique, NPR and Lyric FM in Ireland.
Tickets $20 at Ivy’s Bookshop, the Oak Bay Recreation Centre and online at www.beaconridgeproductions.com | $25 at the door
The Upstairs Lounge is a licensed restaurant, doors open at 6 pm for dinner service, the concert starts at 7:30 pm