“A REVELATION” -David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine
"One the greatest guitar players I've ever seen ...and I don't say that lightly."
-Josh Baron, Relix Magazine
"A John Coltrane-ish search for a moment of musical nirvana..."
-Phil Gallo, Variety
"Don't miss this opportunity to see a truly astonishing talent in action."
-All About Jazz
One could call Stephane Wrembel a nomad, a gypsy, a world Traveler, for the music he plays and his lifestyle are expressions of the gypsy way of life.
Born in Paris and raised in Fontainebleau, home of impressionism and Django Reinhardt's music. Wrembel was classically trained in a music conservatory starting at age four.
Stephane's life took a decisive turn in his late teens when he first discovered the music of Django Reinhardt and the Gypsies. He spent the next ten years of his life learning, playing, and expanding on this musical tradition.
This hard work gave Wrembel the technique, but the time spent playing around the campfires and trailers of the Gypsies gavehim the soul - both necessary ingredients for him to master his art form. Stephane's education continued at the Berklee School of Music where after studying contemporary jazz and world music he graduated summa cum-laude. Soon after he moved to New York City to live and continue his career.
Like New York, Stephane is always in motion, always searching and never stopping in his quest for a new sound...
The band is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass that has thrilled a wide variety of audiences from jazz festivals to concert halls & nightclubs since their first CD release in 2014. Sami Arefin and Michael Joseph Harris trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies. The dynamic Eddie Hrybyk on upright bass holds down the steady swinging pulse and brings his passion for improvisation to the group.
Lead guitarist and composer Michael Joseph Harris made the front page of The Baltimore Sun Weekend section in 2016 and was named one of the top 10 artists in Baltimore by Baltimore Style Magazine that same year. His band UltraFaux has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Django By The Sea, Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival, Charm City Django Jazz Festival, The French Embassy, IMT Folk Series, Napa Valley Jazz Society, and they have toured throughout the United States and Canada. UltraFaux has been featured on WPFW, WTMD, WDVX, KPIG, KVMR, WRNR, WDVX Blue Plate Special, Fox News Knoxville, and CBS News Baltimore. The members of UltraFaux also serve as the core trio for Hot Club of Baltimore, a band specializing in the repertoire of Django Reinhardt, traditional French musette and swing which often features Alexis Tantau on vocals. Hot Club was honored to be chosen to perform at the 1st Annual Baltimore Jazzfest in 2016.
Harris is Artistic Director and founder of Baltimore’s Annual Charm City Django Jazz Festival which featured UltraFaux, Stephane Wrembel, & Rhythm Future Quartet in 2016 for two nights of sold out shows. Aside from returning to Charm City Django JazzFest to be featured along with Leah Zeger, Russell Welch Quartet, and Koran Agan’s group Anouman, UltraFaux will be featured on the final day of Stephane Wrembel’s Django-A-Gogo Festival happening Feb.28 - March 5, 2017.
The Ultrafaux song “Latcho Dromo” was chosen by acclaimed producer Jon Larsen to be featured on Django Festival #9, an annual compilation of the best gypsy jazz music worldwide released by Hot Club Records in 2015, and Harris’ self-produced video Ultrafaux & Hot Club of Baltimore has gained an international audience with over 50,000 views.
The Gypsy Swingers
Exploring a wide array of jazz standards, the band features guitar, two vocalists of different styles, stand-up bass, clarinet, flute and sometimes violin. For more beautiful variety, they groove to Latin tunes, such as bossa novas and rumbas, as well as to original compositions. The Gypsy Swingers create a unique experience for private parties, public crowds, weddings, festivals, bars, educational events and more.
Band members include Mario Piccolo (guitar/vocals), Craig Sandberg (bass), Alina Quu (vocals, kazoo, percussion), Sean Mabe(guitar) and sometimes featuring Drayton Aldridge (violin).