Stephane Wrembel Band in Côte d’Ivoire to showcase American Jazz

Stephane Wrembel Band during a concert at U.S Embassy Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (Dept. of State)
Stephane Wrembel Band during a concert at U.S Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (Dept. of State)

ABIDJAN – The United States celebrated the 238th Anniversary of the American Independence Day on July 4th 2014.  To mark the event in Côte d’Ivoire, U.S. Ambassador Terence McCulley invited an American jazz group, Stephane Wrembel Band, to Abidjan.

Stephane Wrembel Band performed  at several events during their week-long visit to Abidjan July 4 to July 8.  The events included a public concert on Saturday, July 5 at the Jesse Jackson Stadium in Yopougon.  In Abidjan, the group led educational workshops with students and hold a variety of performances.

“I am so pleased Stephane and his band could join us in Abidjan to help mark our country’s birthday.  Jazz is a quintessentially American musical genre, with deep roots in Africa, which has found expression on virtually every continent.  Jazz is truly world music, and it is our pleasure to share this unique sound with our Ivoirian friends as we celebrate America’s 238th anniversary as a nation,” said Ambassador McCulley.

The band was led by Stephane Wrembel, a French-born guitarist/composer, who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside, and has already had a remarkable career. Wrembel’s culturally diverse artistry – and his uncanny ability to create music that so tangibly recalls visual memories and emotions – is matched by a consummate professionalism.

Trained at Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, Wrembel maintains a rigorous performance schedule. He has also released several acclaimed albums, published an internationally recognized instructional volume and tutored various high-profile pupils.

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