Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble 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.
Van Django's music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining their roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by the 1930's Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Since the group’s formation in 1998, they have toured extensively in Canada as well as international forays to the USA and Europe. The group has had repeat performances at Djangofest Northwest (DFNW) where in 2008 they shared a double bill concert with the John Jorgenson Quintet and in 2009 they opened for the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Romane and his group. They look forward to a return visit this year (2010) to DFNW for a double bill concert with the Mark Atkinson trio. Van Django is slated for their second European tour in early September of this year (2010).
Their first CD "Tiptoe Trip" has been well received and played on many radio stations at home and abroad including; CBC, RDI, Espace Musique, NPR and Lyric FM in Ireland. Their second CD is due for imminent release 2010.
Experience this foursome in an action packed musical universe they call, “acoustic string hot jazz!”
A concert with Van Django will featue songs from the following list which includes both original compositions and arrangements:
Lazin’ with Ita
Smoke on the Caravan
Chanson de Cowboy
Django Took the Car
And Another Thing
"In an increasingly crowded niche, Van Django is a standout act. With a clever mix of contemporary standards, classical ditties, rock homages and solid originals they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on." - Nick Lehr, Djangofest Director, USA
“Van Django tosses off jaw-dropping technical licks with effortless ease, but above all, they entertain hugely, with every bar of every tune – tried and true or keenly original.” - Jurgen Goethe - Host, CBC Disc Drive
Van Django is:
CAMERON WILSON - violin Cameron Wilson is currently a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra, and the gypsy swing group Van Django. He is also a composer/arranger whose works have been performed by numerous symphony orchestras and ensembles and soloists across Canada and the U.S. He has collaborated with CBC author and storyteller Stuart Mclean and the CBC Radio Orchestra on “History of Canada” and “I Remember Wayne”.
Both were released as a CD last year. Most recently he composed the music for the NFB film “Citizen Sam”. The music was nominated for a 2007 Leo award for best music in a documentary film.
BUDGE SCHACHTE - guitar Budge collaborates with a stellar cast of diverse artists including: play-write Thompson Highway, Tango Paradiso, Victoria Symphony, Ache Brazil, John Korsrud, Olam, Leora Cashe, and many others…
He is featured on several film soundtracks: “Head In The Clouds”, “Eulogy”, “Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants” and recently he composed, played and recorded this first feature film soundtrack for the film “Love And Other Dilemmas”. His work as a performer , producer and composer can be found on numerous recordings including Tango Paradiso, Ache Brazil, Sarah Marshall, Leora Cashe, Olam, Gypsalero…Budge is currently on the faculty of Guitar Worshop Plus where he taught a “Gypsy Jazz Seminar” along with John Jorgenson, at UBC summer 2006.
BRENT GUBBELS - acoustic bass Brent Gubbels has been a Vancouver based professional musician and teacher for nearly twenty years. In that time he’s worked with a number of local musicians and ensembles including the Hard Rubber Orchestra, Gypsalero, Rumba Calzada, John Reischman, the Vince Mai Project, Jesse Zubot, Dal Richards, Lee Aaron and Dee Daniels. Since 1992, he has toured North America and Europe extensively and played a variety of international jazz and folk festivals. Brent can be heard on recordings by Oscar Lopez, Gypsalero, Juno nominees Susan Crowe and Compadres, Juno winner James Keelaghan, and others.
FINN MANNICHE - guitar / cello Finn is a versatile and passionate musician with a Music degree from UBC and a penchant for playing anything and everything, whether on guitar or cello. He plays Swing and New Music; Bach to Bacharach; Surf and other worldly sounds. He can be heard playing live and on CD with: the Armadillo String Quartet, Ensemble Symposium, the Jazzmanian Devils, Soul Crib, the Paperboys, Denzel Sinclair, 54/40, Murray McLauglin, Mae Moore and Cam Wilson’s varying orchestral extravaganzas.