Van Django


May 8th, 2009 at 8pm


St. John Anglican Church - Garibaldi Highlands


Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble whose 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. The quartet was formed in 1998 and 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 Laurence Mollerup.
Since the groups formation they have toured throughout Canada and more recently, are making inroads internationally with forays into the US and abroad, including a European tour in May 2009. They have twice been featured guests of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and have performed in a shared concert appearance with the John Jorgenson Quintette at "Djangofest Northwest" in Western Washington September 2008 as well as a return performance in September 2009.

The members have collectively played on over 30 feature film soundtracks as well as collaborations with well known Canadian and international music artists.They have been featured regularly on CBC radio and released their debut CD "Tiptoe Trip" in 2006. The group has recently recorded their 2nd CD for release by the end of summer 2009.

Experience this foursome playing their original compositions and quirky arrangements in an action packed musical universe they call, “acoustic string hot jazz!”

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