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String Theory Manouche steps up Gypsy Jazz pace

January 8, 2014

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

The quality and verve of the Gypsy Jazz quartet String Theory Manouche has impressed all who have experienced their performances. And, yes,

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.

the group will once again grace the patio stage at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., this Sunday, 7-9 p.m.

The unfortunate fact is, one cannot understand or appreciate this music String Theory Manouche plays, one must experience it. So come out Sunday to enjoy! (If weather is cold, Sweetwater owner Karen Meredith will move the band to a warm, inviting party room, lovingly called “The Hub.”)

What is Fete Manouche?

http://www.stringtheorymanouche.com/video/django_caravan.htm

Fete Manouche, literally “gypsy jazz,” is an exotic brand of swing music, born in France in the early 1930s. The creator of this lilting, infectious and very romantic music was Django Reinhardt, a gypsy born in Belgium in 1910. In 1934, Django began a series of recordings with a group called the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. (Denton has its own n”Hot Club” in Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton, which plays Fete Manouche every First Tuesday @ Banter Bistro.) These recordings have become the foundation for a massive group of devoted Django followers throughout the world, to whom Fete Manouche is more than a kind of music: it’s a way of life.

Visit http://www.pbs.org/jazz/biography/artist_id_reinhardt_django.htm for a detailed biography of Django Reinhardt.

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