Denis Chang Manouche Project plays Gypsy Jazz at Bud’s, March 1

Guitarist Denis Chang’s early years were spent alongside some of the greatest Jazz Manouche guitarists such as Fapy Lafertin, Ritary Gaguenetti, Paulus Schäfer, Rindo Winterstein and Emmanuel Kassimo. Columbia Valley Arts and Bud's Bar and Lounge partnered to bring the project to Invermere.

  • Feb. 23, 2011 10:00 a.m.

CV Arts is partnering with Bud’s Bar & Lounge to bring the Denis Chang Manouche Quartet to the Columbia Valley from Montreal for a special night of music on March 1. “I was lucky enough to hear them in Vancouver last year, and wow, they were outstanding.  As soon as I heard them, I knew that CV Arts had to bring them to Invermere, so that the music crowd could say wow too,” said Pynelogs manager Jami Scheffer.Holding the event at Bud’s was seen as a way to enhance the show for people who come out to see it.”Partnering with Shelley at Bud’s just made sense for this genre of music.  She has the stage, the staff and the right ambience for this type of gypsy jazz concert,” said Scheffer. The night of music will give residents of the Columbia Valley the chance to come out and experience a unique musical experience that they may have not had the chance to see before. Just by looking at the people who have influenced Chang gives music lovers an idea of the different styles that help make up what they will see in the show.Greatly influenced by the music of Django Reinhardt, guitarist Denis Chang’s early years were spent alongside some of the greatest Jazz Manouche guitarists such as Fapy Lafertin, Ritary Gaguenetti, Paulus Schäfer, Rindo Winterstein and Emmanuel Kassimo. The young guitarist quickly developed his own style inspired by various music genres. Among his biggest influences are Bach, Chopin, George Benson and Michael Jackson.During some previous tours, he also often organized workshops which allowed music students to take advantage of the presence of such great musicians.As a teacher, he is very solicited; being regularly invited to give masterclasses in the context of his numerous tours since 2004. Practically every performing Gypsy Jazz musician in Quebec has benefited from his teaching over the years. He has even attracted private students from as far as California, Vermont, the U.K. and South Africa. His instructional DVDs are a success all over the world. Among his clients are the legendary guitarist of the Shadows, Hank Marvin, and the guitar virtuoso Adrian Vandenberg of Whistesnake fame. In 2008, he had the honour of being invited to perform with the legendary Les Paul at the Iridium in New York and in 2009, he received the Entrée en Scène Award by Loto-Quebec and the Résidence Award in Quebec City.The Denis Chang Manouche Quartet will be performing a single night at Bud’s Bar & Lounge on Tuesday March 1. Doors will open at six p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are currently for sale at The Book Bar, Bud’s and Pynelogs at a cost of $23 or $25 at the door.

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