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Gypsy jazz: Django Shredders coming to Livermore

Young guitarists to explore music of Django Reinhardt

The Django Shredders will present "The Life and Times of Django Reinhardt" at Bothwell Arts Center. (Contributed photo)

Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt took the world by storm with his gypsy jazz in the 1930-40s, and he is now regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the last century. His life and times will be commemorated by the Django Shredders -- jazz guitarists Alex Ciavarelli and Rudy Marquez -- at 8 p.m. next Saturday (Jan. 19) at the Bothwell Arts Center.

The performance is the first in the new Bothwell Presents series, which offers intimate concerts at $20 per ticket.

"We often come across talented artists and events that are best-suited to a smaller, more casual venue," said Scott Kenison, director of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

Marquez and Ciavarelli met while undergraduates in the jazz studies program at San Diego State University, and their mutual interest in Reinhardt led them to develop this program, which shares their joy in Django's music as well as some of the history behind it.

They have toured the Southwest, and this month have a nine-concert residency at the Sonoma County Libraries, where they will present a special family tailored version of "The Life and Times of Django Reinhardt."

Ciavarelli also performs jazz solo and with his band throughout Southern California. Marquez studied classical guitar before discovering his passion for jazz, which he also performs with other groups. The two began playing as Django Shredders in 2017.

Bothwell Arts Center is located at 2466 Eighth Ave. in Livermore. For tickets, visit lvpac.org, call 373-6800, or go to the box office at 2400 First St., Livermore.

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