Big screen musician returns to Union College

Published on
March 08, 2013

Stephane Wrembel, renowned musician associated with Woody Allen films, is scheduled for an encore performance at

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Weintrob

Union College in mid-March. Wrembel played at Union a year ago, shortly after performing live at the Oscars.

Wrembel, a Gypsy-jazz guitarist who has composed for two of Allen's films, will perform live on Monday, March 18 in Union's Rector Little Theatre. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Wrembel's band will accompany him.

Wrembel is widely known for composing and performing the theme song for Woody Allen's film "Midnight in Paris." Wrembel has described the song, "Bistro Fada," as one that "captures the spirit and magic of Paris." The success of this song, along with the movie, is what led to his 2012 Academy Awards appearance. His music also appears on the soundtrack for Allen's Golden Globe winner, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

Aside from composing for Woody Allen films, Wrembel has had many notable performances. He has performed alongside famous artists such as Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith, and has played before packed out houses at the Lincoln Center.

The style of music he plays is thought to have originated as early as 1930 with the music of Django Reinhardt. Gypsy-jazz, as it is called, combines the feel of American jazz with the dark Gypsy rhythms of Paris.

Wrembel picked up this style early in life. As a teenager living in Fontainebleau, he was able to hear first-hand the music of the Gypsies. He spent time studying, playing and learning this style, while traveling to Gypsy campfires and playing along with them.

Jim Rubin, Ph.D., spokesperson for Union's Arts and Culture Committee, is responsible for bringing Wrembel back to Union. "Stephane Wrembel is one of the finest jazz guitarists in the world, and Union has a rare opportunity to hear his band for a second time," Rubin said. "His original compositions and renditions of music by Django Reinhardt and other jazz notables offer music lovers in the area a rare opportunity to see a world class artists at work."