Presented in collaboration with The Victoria Django Society.
Celebrating the opening of Hermann’s Jazz Club Upstairs Ballroom with a two stage festival including Romanian Violin virtuoso Lache Cercel and The Roma Swing Ensemble, Club Voltaire and The Capital City Syncopators. Featuring Roma Swing, Baltic, Tin Pan Alley and Depression Era Jazz, The Victoria Django Festival will transport you to the Roaring Twenties and the Dirty Thirties in the gorgeous, newly minted Upstairs(Ballroom Stage) and the Downstairs Jazz Club(Speakeasy Stage) at Hermann’s Jazz Club.
Lache Cercel & The Roma Swing Ensemble
The flare and passion of traditional Eastern European melodies with swingin’ jazz harmonies… and a little Egyptian percussion for good measure…
Lache Cercel and his Roma Swing Ensemble represent the latest chapter in an important movement in Canadian World Music – elite musicians from around the world who settle in Canada and create music that incorporates their own traditions with influences they find surrounding them here.
Before leaving his homeland, Lache Cercel was one of Romania’s premier musicians. From a musical family, he trained at the Academy of Arts in Bucharest, became a soloist with the Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and, in 1986, was awarded the “Artist of the People” Citation by the Romanian government.
The band line-up includes: Lache Cercel (violin), George Feraru (accordion), Sam Schoichet (upright bass), Don Ogilvie (guitar), & Paul Townsend (drums).
The Capital City Syncopators
Crossing more boundaries than a rumrunner, The Capital City Syncopators is Victoria’s finest prohibition-era dance band. A delicious stew of trad jazz, western swing and 80’s favourites, this eccentric 5-piece will be sure to sweep you off your feet and onto the dance floor.
Featuring a starry lineup of well loved instrumentalists, Club Voltaire brings influences of Jug Band, Latin and Traditional Jazz to the Roma Swing genre. Featuring Richard Moody, Adam Dobres, Oliver Swain, Paul Dowd and Oliver Swain.