Stephane Wrembel feat. guest pianist, Jean-Michel Pilc

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Stepane Wrembel, recognized as one of the preeminent guitarists globally, specializes in the style of Django Reinhardt. With a career spanning the globe, he has released 18 recordings and toured incessantly since 2003. His original compositions have been featured in Midnight in Paris (“Bistro Fada”) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (“Big Brother”). Midnight in Paris received the Grammy Award®  for Best Compilation Soundtrack.  He has shared the stage with iconic artists like Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, The Roots, Medeski Martin & Wood, and many more. His annual music festival, "Django A Gogo," has gained global recognition as a premier event celebrating Django Reinhardt's life and music.

Wrembel released a triptych--a three-part recording series—in April of 2024 on his own Water Is Life Records.  The triptych, available on three CDs and all digital streaming platforms, features improvisational pianist Jean-Michel Pilc and includes new original compositions by Wrembel and Pilc as well as select pieces by Django Reinhardt. Downbeat Magazine gave it 4 ½ stars out of 5 saying “…an outstanding and often surprising effort that is bound to please Django purists and renegades alike.”

Jean-Michel Pilc, acclaimed for his improvisational prowess, is a pianist and composer with a distinguished career. He has performed alongside jazz legends worldwide, served as the musical director and pianist for Harry Belafonte, and engaged in memorable duets with opera singer Jessye Norman. Pilc has released several recordings with his trio and gained acclaim as a solo performer, with five critically acclaimed solo piano records. Currently residing in Montreal, he is a member of the Jazz Faculty at The Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

Wrembel says, “This triptych, this collection of three albums forming a whole, is a representation of a journey of a human life. This project is the most representative of my inner world, a mirror of my soul. I am very fortunate to be working with some of the greatest musicians on Earth including the admirable Jean-Michel Pilc on piano, one of the greatest pianists, a magician of the keys.”

For this very special show, Wrembel will be accompanied by his world-class band-- Josh Kaye on guitar, Ari Folman-Cohen on bass and Nick Anderson on drums—with special guests Nick Driscoll on tenor sax/clarinet and Jean-Michel Pilc on piano promising a captivating musical experience.

 

Parking

The Kate parking map - accessible parking is available on Main Street and in the parking lot behind the Kate

Parking at the Kate is free and easy! There is not one dedicated parking lot; however, there is ample parking surrounding the venue.

Parking on the street is limited and shared by all Main Street merchants. We ask that you consider one of the suggested off-street parking locations in blue where Kate patrons have permission to park.

Shows start promptly at the time posted to our website and printed on your tickets. Planning to arrive 15 minutes prior to the show is always a great idea—plus, it give you a few minutes to explore the Katharine Hepburn Museum!

Directions

The Kate is located at 300 Main Street in downtown Old Saybrook, a short distance from the I-95 corridor as well as the Route 9/I-95 interchange. Get Driving Directions

Concessions/Bar

The Kate’s Concessions/Bar area is open for most shows, offering bottled water, soda, juice, and a selection of movie theater candy. For those 21 and over, a selection of beer, wine, prosecco, and simple mixed cocktails are available.

Cash or credit cards are accepted and beverages purchased at the Kate may be taken into the theater.

Concessions/bar may not be available for all performances and selections may vary. For more information, contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453.

Nearby Dining Options

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The Kate theater is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Cultural Arts Center. The orchestra level is accessible by elevator from the 1st floor lobby; the balcony is accessible only via stairs. Accessible seating locations may vary slightly by event and are clearly identified on the interactive seating chart for each performance. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453. For additional information, please reference our Box Office & Theater Policies.

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