The irresistible gypsy jazz guitarist from "Midnight in Paris"
He’s been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. Woody Allen recruited him to score the theme for last year’s smash film "Midnight in Paris," and he performed his irresistibly catchy original song “Bistro Fada” live during the 2012 Academy Awards. To say that French-born guitarist/composer Stephane Wrembel—who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside—has already had a remarkable career would be an understatement. But this virtuoso, who is now Brooklyn based, has truly just begun to make his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music. "Origins," his latest release, find this multi-faceted musician corralling all of his myriad influences into a hybrid that simultaneously reflects where he’s been and points to where he’s headed. Although he built his reputation as a stylist in the mode of the iconic French Sinti guitarist Django Reinhardt, Stephane now revels in transcending and expanding. “I’m digging deeper and deeper into my roots,” he says. His music now touches upon everything from blues to flamenco to rock; all of these influences come together as something identifiable only as Stephane Wrembel, with melodies bursting into a panoply of textures and colors, moods and emotions.