Evan Christopher visits DIT Conservatory to present a Masterclass

International Masterclass: Evan Christopher (Clarinet)

Friday 12th October, 4pm-5.30pm

McCann Hall, DIT Chatham Row, Dublin 2 

All Welcome

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama is delighted to present a Masterclass with stunning jazz clarinetist, Evan Christopher in association with Music Network.

Evan Christopher (clarinet) is touring Ireland with his ensemble Django à la Créole with Music Network.  For more information on the tour, visit www.musicnetwork.ie.  The ensemble performs in the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray on Saturday 13th October.

Django à la Créole (USA/Australia/UK/France)

Evan Christopher, clarinet

David Blenkhorn, solo guitar

Dave Kelbie, rhythm guitar

Sébastien Girardot, bass

 When Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans flooded in 2005, displaced musician Evan Christopher headed for Paris with little more than a clarinet, a suitcase full of clothes, and an inspired idea: to spice up the ‘hot club’ sound pioneered by Django Reinhardt with the rhythms and flavours of New Orleans jazz.

The result is Django à la Créole, a delicious mêlée of gypsy swing, New Orleans collective improvisation, and what Jelly Roll Morton called the ‘Spanish tinge’, the seductive rhythms and sounds of Cuba, Brazil and the Caribbean. It’s a winning formula: since the group’s debut in 2007, Django à la Créole has performed worldwide to great acclaim, while its debut album was awarded the Sunday Times Jazz Album of the Year 2010.

Christopher’s freewheeling clarinet sings, whoops and sighs over the pulsating rhythms provided by three of the world’s finest gypsy jazz ambassadors. For over 20 years, rhythm guitarist Dave Kelbie has propelled such jazz giants as Fapy Lafertin, Roby Lakatos, Bob Wilber and Lollo Meier, while David Blenkhorn and bassist Sébastien Girardot are regulars on the European festival circuit, playing alongside the likes of Harry Allen, Lillian Boutté, Leroy Jones and Eddie Locke.