Thanks for checking out our first CD, TIPTOE TRIP.
It was recorded at Beatty Lane studios in Vancouver.
We had a lot of fun recording this album over two long summer days in 2006!
It's virtually a live recording of the group with a few minor "fixes"
The CD was then mixed and mastered and the artwork completed.
We are very proud of the CD and hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it.
VAN DJANGO is a group of four talented musicians inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grapelli's 1930's gypsy jazz group "Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France".
Their arrangements and original compositions draw on a galaxy of musical styles while remaining true to the classic sound of the quintet.
With skill zest and humour Van Django weave their magic, combining the rich gypsy tradition with their many diverse musical influences.
The lads are forging an original westcoast sound, featuring virtuosic solos, bouncy rhythm, witty arrangements and an infectious sense of fun!
Vive le gypsy jazz mes amis!
VAN DJANGO have played numerous festivals and concerts since their inception, including; the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Wooden Ships Festival, The Vancouver Sun Concert Series, tours across Canada and parts of the US. They have twice been featured on the CBC’s ‘Hot Air’ radio show and recently in a live broadcast on Disc drive in celebration of Mozart 250th Anniversary.
In January 2007 they Van Django played in a benefit concert "The Glory of the Violin" at the Chan Centre, featuring a "Who's Who" of Canada's finest violinists playing some of the greatest violin masterpieces.
CAMERON WILSON, Violin
A UBC graduate, Cameron Wilson is currently a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, CBC Radio Orchestra, and Joe Trio. As well as a violinist, Cameron is also a composer/arranger and his works have been performed by the Victoria, Vancouver and Charlotte Symphonies, as well as by many other ensembles and soloists across Canada and the United States. He has worked with George Bowering, Canada's poet laureate and the CBC Radio Orchestra on a "Canadian Carnival", a Canadian rendition of Saint-Saens' classic "Carnival of the Animals". He has also collaborated with CBC author and storyteller Stuart McLean and the CBC Radio Orchestra on the "History of Canada" a sendup of our nation's history and "I Remember Wayne" a fictitious account of Wayne Gretzky's boyhood next door neighbour. Both stories will be released as a CD on CBC records in the autumn of 2006.
BUDGE SCHACHTE, Guitar
Budge collaborates with a stellar cast of diverse artists including: play-write Thompson Highway, Tango Paradiso, Victoria Symphony, Ache Brazil, Terry Frewer, Brad Turner, Olam, Sarah Marshall, Leora Cashe, and many others...
He is featured on several film soundtracks: Head In The Clouds, Eulogy, Sisterhood Of TheTravelling Pants and recently he composed, played and recorded his first feature film soundtrack for the film, "Love And Other Dilemmas". His work as a performer, producer and composer can be found on numerous recordings including Tango Paradiso, Ache Brazil, Sarah Marshall, Leora Cashe, Olam, Gypsalero ....
Currently Budge is on the faculty of Guitar Worshop Plus where he taught a "Gypsy Jazz Seminar" along with John Jorgenson, at UBC summer 2006.
FINN MANNICHE, Guitar & Cello
Finn is a versatile and passionate musician with a Music degree fron UBC and a penchant for playing anything and everything, whether on guitar or cello. He plays Swing and New Music, Bach to Bacharach, Surf and other worldly sounds. He can be heard playing live and on CD with: the Armadillo String Quartet, Ensemble Symposium, the Jazzmanian Devils, Soul Crib, the Paperboys, Denzel Sinclair, 54/40, Murray McLauglin, Mae Moore and Cam Wilson’s varying orchestral extravanganzas.
LAURENCE MOLLERUP, Double Bass
Laurence Mollerup is on the music faculty of Vancouver Community College and Capilano College. He has performed with Alan Matheson, Adama, Tango Paradiso, Vancouver New Music, and as an extra with the Vancouver Opera, and the Vancouver and Victoria Symphony Orchestras. He also performs regularly in musical theatre and records for radio, television, and feature film soundtracks including “The French Guy”, “Emile”, “Live Bait” and “A Place Called Chiapas”.
"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. This is highly recommended listening"
Host of Westcoast Music
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
"Van Django is a West Coast quartet of seriously talented string players — who just happen to not take anything very seriously — except making high energy, top-flight music. The approach is well-rooted in the tradition of the old Hot Club of France — point of departure being their gypsy-guitarist namesake — but beyond that it’s all pure blue-skying: flights of dazzling fancy, astonishing technique, boundless creativity. They’ve taken the old smoky Parisian atmospherics and brought it out into the ocean-and-mountain sunshine and it simply delights.
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. If you’re ready for some wide-grin musical imagination, here’s a debut disc to build a party around. Don’t forget the absinthe. Or the crantinis. Or the zinfandel."
Host of DiscDrive
CBC Radio 2
“Imagine, if you can, Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt returning from the grave to join a Deep Purple cover band gigging at a punk rock wedding and you might just get a whiff of the twisted miracle that is Van Django.
Host of Westcoast Music
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
"They have it all – musicianship, musicality, humor and that swingin’ Django sound. Sit back , relax, and be transported to 1930’s Paris”
"Concertgoers felt they were just part of a friendly jam session Saturday night in Port Hardy. Jazz quartet Van Django gave the crowd an informal and fun musical history lesson on European jazz greats Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Much of the music had a gypsy feel, reflecting Reinhardt's Romany gypsy heritage. Django's Waltz particularly transported listeners to the firelight of a gypsy camp in France.
Van Django also played a number of swing jazz tunes, including Gershwins' I've Got Rhythm and Sonny Rollins' Pent Up House, inviting the audience to dance if desired. The talented Vancouver foursome, who had to compete at times with rain pounding on the Civic Centre roof, added a few of their own compositions to the program, reflecting their classical music backgrounds as well as a love of jazz and Reinhardt.
There is no denying the talent of these musicians who each have careers apart from Van Django. Violinist Cameron Wilson coaxed an amazing range and variety of sound from his instrument. Guitarist Budge Schachte seemed hardly able to contain his enthusiasm as his fingers flew up and down the frets...... The eclectic Finn Maniche added some rock star moves to his guitar renditions. Impressive bass solos added depth to the other instruments. The concert was the last of six in the North Island Concert Society season."
North Island Gazette
"The Pacific Rim Summer Festival has a nice lineup of talent to see this month. Coming right up this Tuesday is Van Django, a quartette that plays gypsy jazz inspired by the legendary gypsy Frenchman, Django Reinhardt. Those who attended the marvelous Tango Paradiso concert last year will recognize that group’s gifted guitarist, Budge Schachte, in this group.
Django’s style of music with the Hot Club of France continues to inspire musicians. Woody Allen’s recent movie, Sweet And Lowdown, illustrated musicians in awe of Reinhardt whose career was at its peak during the ‘30s and ‘40s. As a young man, Django survived a fire in his caravan, but scarring left him with a badly damaged leg and two paralyzed fingers. He overcame the disability of his fretting hand by inventing an instrumental technique strictly his own. His international fame was built on his genius, blending jazz rhythms with traditional gypsy music. It’s irresistible.
When the organizers of the summer festival heard Van Django audition they said, “Gotta have them!” And you’ve gotta see them."
West Coast Showbiz
"...the evening's entertainment was polished, energetic and thoroughly enjoyable. The quartet was well prepared musically and presented informative, light-hearted and entertaining introductions to their songs and the to song's composer and history. The local Burns Lake audience was appreciative and enthusiastic during and after the evening, and we are still getting positive comments on the street two weeks after the event.
Budge, Cameron and crew were VERY generous with their time and attention to [the high school students who attended the concert], sitting down to show them guitar riffs and 'talk musical shop' for over half an hour after everyone else had gone home. Van Django also took time, before the concert, to have a look at, ask questions about and comment on a display of high school students' art work that was just outside the main doors of the hall! We were VERY impressed with them as musicians but also as people - good guys who play very good music, and we wish them every success."
for the Lakes District Arts Council
Burns Lake, BC