36th Festival Django Reinhardt - Biréli Lagrène Gypsy Project
We had hoped for a lot of music in Django Reinhardt’s spirit. Alas, starting 4:00PM we have been looking and listening to successively a big band, a trio playing professionally but sluggish, another trio playing, we think, a very sophisticated kind of modern jazz and finally Biréli Lagrène Gypsy Project. The latter sounded like a promising name – and it proved to be excellent. So here’s an example of his Django Reinhardt-like dexterity, clearly visible when we zoom in on him. We skipped the finalizing band after this one, their music described by a French festival-goer as ‘disco music’ (we agreed) and preferred to have a walk around the festival-terrain. After having bought some food and drinks we returned home around 11:00PM. We’d typify the festival with the words ‘hardly adequate’ because we expected music in Django Reinhardt’s style for a major part. It was, in this respect, a bit of a disappointment. That was it for the last two weeks. Au revoir!