Van Django | Marc Atkinson Trio with Robin Layne
ST JAMES HALL i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
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 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 featuring original compositions and arrangements including humorous mash-ups that showcase their eclectic influences in full regalia.
Since the group's formation in 1998, they have toured extensively in Canada as well as international forays to the United States, Europe and China. The group has had repeat performances at Djangofest Northwest (DFNW) on Whidbey Island, 2008, 2010 and 2016
They have released 3 CD's - Tiptoe Trip, Waltz in the Shape of a Tree and a Christmas CD with special guests entitled Cool Yule. Their CD's have been well received and played on many radio stations at home and abroad including CBC, RDI, Espace Musique, NPR and Lyric FM in Ireland.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ...
"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, Dangofest Director
“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, former host of Disc Drive on CBC 2
"Van Django can deliver acoustic power chords with the lustrous tone of a classical string ensemble while staying fully stoked on the spirit of the Quintette of the Hot Club of France."- Michael Juk, Westcoast Music on CBC 2
Marc Atkinson's compositions are punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive. They take the guitar beyond the usual repertoire and sound. The tunes have a fiery but elegant style, infused with a catchy blend of influences. All the while maintaining the laid-back humour and casual "good time feel" of Canada's West Coast. His picking has been described as flawless, surprise-filled, sizzling and supremely melodic. His music is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. With Brett Marten on rhythm and Scott White on bass, along with special guest Robin Layne on percussion, the music of this fine group welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.
Please note that the admission price for this concert includes a $2 Venue Improvement Fee that we are required by the St. James Square to collect from every patron. Starting in September 2016, the proceeds from this temporary fee will be used for construction projects such as ventilation, flooring and washrooms that will make the hall a nicer place for you to visit in the future. If you wish, you can make a secure donation by clicking on the big blue button at the bottom of the page at www.sjcommunitysquare.org. For information on donating by phone or post, please contact the St. James Square office at 604-739-9373.