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Fans of manouche are invited to see the Denis Chang Manouche Quartet perform the legendary music of Django Reinhardt at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts on April 13.
The quartet will play manouche music influenced by rock, be-bop and R&B.
Manouche, also known as gypsy jazz, was a musical style that originated with Reinhardt, who combined gypsy folk melodies to the rhythms of American jazz, and became wildly popular in Europe during the 1930s.
Denis Chang, who is influenced by Reinhardt’s music, spent his early years in music beside some of the greatest manouche artists and quickly developed his own style.
Influenced by Bach, Chopin, George Benson and Michael Jackson, he has toured Canada, the United States and Europe.
Chang was given the Entrée en Scène Award by Loto-Quebec, and the Résidence Award in Quebec City at the RIDEAU showcase.
Chang and the quartet completed a successful March 2011 debut tour in B.C. They are happy to be back for April 2012 and have been invited to perform in Alberta in 2013.
The quartet performs Friday, April 13 at Shadbolt, located at 6450 Deer Lake Ave. For more information and tickets phone 604-205-3000.