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String Theory Manouche @ Sweetwater – Tonight

September 1, 2013

Sunday, Sept. 1:

Open patio at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern

Step out of the hot, setting sun, and into the cool romance of beautiful, sultry Fete Manouche (Gypsy Jazz) tonight at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, 7-9 p.m., Free

A new Gypsy Jazz group (for Denton) takes the scene – Fort Worth-based String Theory Manouche, Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton,, 7-9 p.m. (Dove hunters have plenty of time to make the show.)  Led by Kim Platko, guitar; String Theory Manouche are: Marla Sporrer,  bass; Mark Menikos, violin; and James Miller, guitar. FMI: http://www.stringtheorymanouche.com/

Kim Platko, Guitar

Bachelor of Music, University of North Texas, 1981, and a member of the internationally-acclaimed One O’Clock Lab Band.

Professional recording and orchestral musician working in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for over 30 years.

Kim performed for many years with the famous Gypsy Jazz/world music ensemble Café Noir. Following his departure from that Dallas, Texas-area group he performed with numerous local jazz bands, including a long stint with Trio Blanc, a string trio that performed many times at the Van Cliburn Rehearsal Hall and the McDavid Studio at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.

In 2004, Kim Platko, guitar, and fellow Trio Blanc musicians Rex Bozarth and Mark Menikos were contacted by Gracey Tune, founder and artistic director of Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth to be the “anchor” group of a new event she had in mind to produce: an annual celebration of the birthday of the guitarist whose name more than any other is synonymous with the term “Gypsy Jazz” — Django Reinhardt. Since that time, the Django Reinhardt festival has flourished and grown into a three-day multimedia party, and Kim Platko has performed every year, heading up a hand-picked group of players.

Marla Sporrer, Bass

Marla is much sought-after multi-instrumentalist who performs on several stringed instruments including banjo and guitar, in addition to upright bass. She has extensive experience in all the jazz styles, but especially in Dixieland and blues. She is fond of fishing and gardening, as well as going to music festivals.

String Theory Manouche are: Marla Sporrer, Bass; Mark Menikos, Violin; James Miller, Guitar; and leader/guitarist Kim Platko.

String Theory Manouche are: Marla Sporrer, Bass; Mark Menikos, Violin; James Miller, Guitar; and leader/guitarist Kim Platko.

Mark Menikos, Violin

Mark has been playing violin since age 9 and professionally since age 15. He has composed film and dance scores, including source music for the Chuck Norris film “Lone Wolf McQuade” and for the SMU and TCU modern and ballet departments. He recorded and performed with The Texas Gypsies from 2006 through 2009 and has played in numerous country music groups, including legends Ray Price and Johnny Gimble, as well as bluegrass fiddle grand-master Marc O’Connor. Mark has been involved in an eclectic mix of Jazz, Latin, Rock, and World Fusion projects, and for 14 years led his own Celtic/World Music group, “Brothers 3”.

James Miller, Guitar

James Miller is a musical mutt. Whether fronting a Roots/Rockabilly/Twang/Soul band, or subbing as a guitarist for a wide variety of singer-songwriters around DFW, one thing is clear – James loves Django and feels a deep connection to the culture and music of the gypsies that were such a crucial component to the environment that gave birth to Gypsy Swing.

 

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