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Djangofest Chicago!

Postby Carter O'Brien » Fri Sep 09, 2005 9:51 pm

Hi folks, dates are set, links, etc. can be found at as well as - all venues are in the city proper.

Tuesday, October 4

Can Ky Ree and The Harmonious Wail
Martyr's, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
9:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 5

Alex Udvary Cimbalum Ensemble performs traditional Hungarian gypsy music
5210 W. Diversey Avenue
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 6

Nicolae Feraru, Cimbalom virtuoso, performs traditional Romanian gypsy
Perla, 5522 W. Belmont Ave.
8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 7

Las Guitaras de Espana/Clinard Dance Theater present "Unravelling
Rhythms" (Flamenco & Indian music/dance)
Tickets available through
Links Hall, 3835 N. Shefield Ave.

8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 7

Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan, free concert!
The Chicago Cultural Ctr. 60 E. Randolph St.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 8

Krunoslav Spisik and special guest Alfonso Ponticelli (French Gypsy Jazz)
Katerina's, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd.
10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Sunday, October 9

Robin Nolan Trio, Kruno Ensemble, Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan
and The All Stars Gypsy Jam!
The Hot House, 31 E. Balbo St.
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 9

Robin Nolan "Licks: the Work Shop"
Call 773-728-6000 to register
The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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violin workshop addition

Postby Carter O'Brien » Tue Sep 13, 2005 4:37 pm

Bring out the Gypsy in Me
Jazz Strings Workshop

A workshop for violinists, violists and cellists who love Manouche jazz and gypsy music.
Bring out your native ability to improvise and learn about the Jazz Manouche style, originated by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
Additionally get an introduction to East European Gypsy style ornaments.

* 2 Hour Workshop: Saturday, October 8, 2005 from 1 pm to 3 pm
* A Gypsy Jazz rhythm guitarist will provide accompaniment
* Location: Prop Theatre, 3502 N Elston Ave Chicago, IL
* Cost: $50 check/paypal in advance, $55 on day of workshop.

register through here:

Workshop Synopsis:

1. A mini inventory of your playing skills, focusing on improvisation, to see what you need to learn.

2. Learn a Gypsy jazz tune a few characteristic licks of Grappelli's

3. Explore how to apply the licks over the changes of the tune and deal with elements of phrasing, including rhythm, silence and dynamics.

4. You'll leave the workshop with tools needed to start or if you're already imrovising, to continue to build skills that make a good gypsy jazz player.

* Level Required: You should be able to play scales in at least two octaves and in 5 keys comfortably, You should be comfortable with syncopaction. Virtuosity is great, but soulfull playing does not require the technique of Paganinni. Please don't hesitate to Contact Steve Gibons if you wonder if your level is too high or too low.

* Enrollment is limited. Register now through Paypal.
Your Payment assures your place. Questions? Contact Steve
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Can Ky REE ....

Postby viejovato » Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:59 pm

Hey Carter ....
Ah .. so much going on in the windy city ... sad that they are so far from the SE corner of Arizona ...

I gort a chance to see Can Ky Ree open up for Swing Gitan and they were something everyone in this neck of the music world would enjoy ..
a bit of Cafe Nuage, a little Edith Piaf, a bit of american musicals and a truly tour-de-force of self-written lyrics...
And then to get Alphonso Ponticelli and Carter O'Brian up next was the highlight of my Chicago trip ...

But if you do get up there, take the architactural boat tour ... you will see chicago in a way that can not compare with just riding around ... and get a good hot dog ... Chicago has some of the best ...

Cheers, Latcho Drom
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