Jan 15, 2010
January 16, Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing will perform as part of
102nd anniversary of the birth of violinist Stephane Grappelli. The
concert will close with a rousing finale featuring O'Connor's Hot
Swing with his powerhouse duo of guitarists Frank
Vignola and Julian
Lage, along with French guitarist Dorado
Schmitt of the Django Reinhardt Festival.
Together, the groups will recreate the 1930's heyday of Reinhardt
and Grappelli's Quintet of the Hot Club of France.
Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing is just one of many projects for the prolific musician. Most recently, he has developed an innovative school of teaching violin: The O'Connor Violin Method, which focuses on American music and is the first new method of its kind in decades.
Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing also features guitarist Frank Vignola, bassist Gary Mazzaroppi (Lionel Hampton), vocalist Heather Masse (The Wailin Jennys). Guitarist Julian Lage will join the band at the Kennedy Center and Mountain Stage while guitarist Matthew Munisteri will join the tour following those performances.
O'Connor is a Grammy-winning violinist and composer who is widely recognized as one of the most gifted contemporary composers in America and one of the brightest talents of his generation. He's studied and recorded with some of the 20th Century's greatest musicians, including mentors Stephane Grappeli and Benny Thomasson, and colleagues Wynton Marsalis and Yo Yo Ma.