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Djam

by Djingo Django

Inspired by the collaborations of Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, Carissa Klopoushak (violin) and Graham Pritchard (guitar) play familiar jazz standards in clever arrangements and present fun original tunes. Your perfect dinner party soundtrack!
Genre: Jazz: Gypsy Jazz
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1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
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2. Honeysuckle Rose
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3. Blackbird
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4. Noodles
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5. Letter from Home
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6. Twilight
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7. Romance
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8. Black Orpheus
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9. Red Light
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10. Autumn Leaves
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11. Misty
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Djingo Django is an acoustic gypsy-jazz duo from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Comprised of Carissa Klopoushak (violin) and Graham Pritchard (guitar), they were active from 2002-2006, playing coffee houses, popular jazz night spots, weddings, and summer festivals. "Djam" is their only release, truly capturing the spirit of their collaboration.

Inspired by the collaborations of Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt., Djingo Django recorded familiar jazz standards in clever, Reinhardt/Grappelli-style arrangements ("Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Autumn Leaves," "Misty), put a gypsy spin on modern classics (Pat Metheny's "Letter from Home"), pop tunes ("Blackbird"), and present fun original tunes ("Red Light", "Twilight", and "Noodles," written for Carissa's mini-dachshund). It's the perfect dinner party soundtrack!

About Djingo Django:

Graham Pritchard was born and raised in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. He took interest in guitar and jazz during his high school years and it was evident that music would play a large role in his life. In 2006 Graham graduated from the University of Saskatchewan earning a double degree in Music Education and Education. During his time at the University of Saskatchewan, Graham taught private students, recorded on three different local albums, and was the first student at the University of Saskatchewan to have an original jazz band composition recorded.

In the past eight years Graham has been busy teaching all areas of music in the public school system. Graham has taught both high school and elementary levels of music in the areas of concert band, jazz band, beginner band, choir, guitar, elementary music, and rock band. As well Graham has been hired as a teacher for summer music camps. In his spare moments, Graham teaches privately and keeps his personal musical interests moving forward. He has performed with many prestigious Saskatoon ensembles including The Metro Jazz Ensemble, The Saskatoon Symphony, The Saskatoon Summer Players, Solstice Jazz Choir, and the Eclipse Choir.

Carissa Klopoushak has made a name for herself as a curious, creative, and versatile violinist. A charismatic and engaging performer, Carissa's playing has been described as the complete package of sensitive musicianship and effortless technique. Carissa proudly joined Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in September 2014, after having performed with the group for a number of years. Her debut recording with Philip Chiu, SOUNDWORLDS, was released in November 2016.

Carissa considers all of Canada to be her home. She has toured the country extensively, performing recitals for Debut Atlantic and as the winner of the 2009 Eckhardt-Grammatté National Music Competition with Canadian pianist Philip Chiu. Carissa has been featured at Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Chamber Music Festivals, and Toronto Summer Music. Carissa is a passionate collaborator, performing with many chamber groups including the newly-formed Ironwood Quartet. She spent much of 2014 performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, whom she joined for a series of tours and recordings, including a residency at The Banff Centre.

Carissa grew up in the beautiful prairie city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Still active in the prairie music scene today, Carissa is an Artistic Director of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, an annual event that aims to provide Saskatchewan audiences the opportunity to hear innovative concerts performed by young, engaging Canadian musicians who are currently pursuing professional careers across the country and around the globe.

Carissa is the lead singer and violinist in the Ukrainian band Тут і Там (pronounced Toot ee Tahm). Established in 2003, the band has released four albums, performed at every major Ukrainian festival across Canada, in Sydney, Australia, and recently toured Ukraine, playing major festivals and small pubs.

Carissa holds a doctorate in violin performance from McGill University. Her dissertation focuses on the little-known violin repertoire by Ukrainian composers. A laureate of the 2012 Canada Council of the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Carissa performed on the 1869 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin (with Vuillaume model bow); she now plays on a 2009 violin by Mark Schnurr of Flesherton, Ontario. When not performing, rehearsing, or traveling, Carissa can be found expanding her love of coffee in some little café, somewhere…

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