JAHC Django camps offered July 26-29

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will present two new music camps this summer, instructed by members of the Hot Club Swing band Pearl Django:

The first camp, for kids, runs July 26-29, from noon to 5 p.m. Instruments taught are fiddle, guitar, bass, piano and accordion, and the classes are for intermediate to advanced students. Recommended ages are 10 to 17, but the camp is open to younger kids who can play and are motivated. Fee for camp is $225. Scholarships are available.

The second, for adults, runs from July 26-28, from 6-9 pm. Instruments taught are fiddle, guitar, bass, piano, accordion and the camp is structured for Intermediate to advanced students. Recommended ages are 18 and over, but open to youth with significant experience playing fiddle/guitar/bass/piano/accordion or related instruments. Camp fee is $150.

The Django camps will be based on the tunes and stylistic performance of the pioneering hot swing group "the Quintet of the Hot Club of France." The quintet formed in Paris in the 1930s and featured the great gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and the great hot swing fiddler Stephane Grapelli.

Pearl Django, who performed in Juneau at the 2009 Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival, is strongly influenced by the music of Reinhardt, but their repertoire also includes many original compositions. Pearl Django will conclude their stay in Juneau with a concert at Centennial Hall on July 29.

Applications for camp are due July 15, and are available at www.jahc.org

For more information call 586-ARTS (2787) For more on the band, visit http://www.pearldjango.com.

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