“More than just an exceptional form of gypsy oriented jazz, Ameranouche is a capture of joyfulness itself.” —Pat Martino
“an infectious blend of fiery jazz, old world traditional music and soulful pulses…” —Celebrity Cafe “Ameranouche has the gleeful flying fingerwork,the high-octane pulse that still manages to feel wonderfully freewheeling.” —Rock Paper Scissors The award winning Ameranouche (pronounced uh-Mare-uh-noosh) plays a passionate style of music they call “Gypsy Flamenco Swing.” They are veterans of the Newport Jazz Festival, Djangofest Northwest, Musikfest Bethlehem, PA and the National Press Club. The name is derived from two words: American and Manouche, the gypsy tribe of guitarist Django Reinhardt. The rip-roaring ensemble is a super force of hot acoustic Gypsy inspired music mixing Flamenco, Bebop and Jazz swing influences. Played on traditional French jazz guitars, the music is rhythmic, vigorous, and elegant. Whether they’re playing a musette waltz from 1930 or an Andalusian inspired original tune, Ameranouche’s Gypsy Flamenco Swing style is a fresh and highly enjoyable new sound for the 21st century. Gypsy Flamenco Swing is about coming together and celebrating our shared humanity. Ameranouche is committed to connecting deeply with its audience and sharing joy and peace through its live shows and recorded albums.
PAST SHOW HIGHLIGHTS Newport Jazz Festival National Press Club Djangofest Northwest Regattabar, Boston Drom Bar, NYC Musikfest Bethlehem, PA Sutter Creek Theatre, CA Mechanic’s Hall, Worcester, MA Djangofest Southeast Discover Jazz Festival “In my opinion, more than an exceptional form of gypsy oriented jazz, Ameranouche is a capture of joyfulness itself.” – Pat Martino (Nov 16, 2009) “Ameranouche had the audience from the opening number then proceeded to blow the room away. From Django Reinhardt classics to musette waltzes to hot, swinging original tunes, Ameranouche earned every ounce of the standing ovation that they received at the end of the night.” – Brett Hartenbach, FPFC Concert Series (March 2014) “Awesome, REALLY awesome” – Vic Martinson, owner of the Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman, NJ (June 28th, 2014) “Thanks so much for the spectacular show. I get to see 100’s of bands and Ameranouche always amazes. You made a bunch of fans tonight. Hurry back!” – Peter Pittman, owner/operator of the Conch and Bucket and the Taphouse in Hampton, VA (June 29th, 2014) “Simply exquisite” – Ed Ruiez, owner/operator of Trent River Coffee and Tea in New Bern, NC (June 30th, 2014) “The CDs are great but the live show is a must because they are just beyond description… amazing in person!” – Dottie Bartel, owner of Stony Creek Inn in Stony Creek NY (July 6th, 2013) “…everyone from Bela Fleck and Ricky Skaggs to the Gypsy jazz band Ameranouche ” – Allison Glock, New York Times (Jun 08, 2008) “Their unique Gypsy Jazz sound, undeniable talent and cool, mellow stage presence makes them a crowd favorite at any live show” – Alyssa Jane Hale, Ourstage.com (Aug 17, 2008) “… they were playing on the Waterside Stage as we entered the festival grounds and headed toward the main stage, and their music was so infectious it stopped us in our tracks.” – Festival Preview, A Sunday To Remember at Newport Jazz Festival (Aug 13, 2008) “The NEW sound of America!” – Kevin Wheatley, National Lampoon Director “This is one of those bands that will thrill and amaze any audience!” – Shawn Mercer, Over The Bridge Productions (Feb 01, 2007) “Gypsy music tapped into an ethereal sphere, somewhere between J.S. Bach and M. C. Escher. ” – New Hampshire Magazine (Jul 01, 2008)
Richard (Shepp) Sheppard - Guitar
A seasoned composer and performer, guitarist Richard Sheppard founded Ameranouche out of his passion for Gypsy music and his love for the guitar in general. His work as a composer is largely channeled into the evolution of Ameranouche. In his many years touring across the country, he has recorded with or performed with artists like John Jorgenson, Ritary Ensemble, Rick Danko, Hot Tuna, and Vassar Clements. Shepp attended the Berklee School of Music, studied with Pat Martino in Philadelphia, composition and aesthetics with Dr. Frank Haas in Vineland, NJ and studied guitar with Attilla Zoller in Southern Vermont. He has taught guitar, composition, and music theory as a faculty member of Bennington College and Pittsfield Community Music School. Richard endorses DRH guitars, Wegen picks and John Pearse strings.
Jack Soref – Guitar
Born and raised in Madison WI, Jack has performed all over the USA as well as internationally on stages in France, and Scotland, and at festivals such as Django in June, The Brooklyn Djangology Festival, The Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, and Riverside Farm Market and Café Gypsy Jazz Fest. He has performed in concert with such Gypsy Jazz luminaries as Violinist Tim Kliphius, and Guitarists Adrien Moignard, Gonzalo Bergara, Aurélien Bouly and Titi Bamberger. Additionally, Jack has been a guitar instructor at Django in June’s week long Gypsy Jazz music Camp in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013. For half of 2011, Jack studied the music of Django Reinhardt at its source by moving to Paris, France. While there he jammed with the old masters like Boulou Ferré and Romanian violin maestro Florin Niculescu as well as the young virtuoso’s currently storming the Paris scene. Now that he’s back in the U.S. he can be found playing all over the Boston area, and is thrilled to be playing with his friends Shepp and Mike as a member of Ameranouche!
Michael K. Harrist – Bass
A versatile bassist, Michael K. Harrist finds work in various musical traditions. He has toured extensively throughout Europe and the U.S. with the internationally praised new music ensemble Capillary Action, and is a respected member of the Boston improvised music community. Mike plays regionally with Orkestra Marhaba and jazz great Joe Hunt, among others, and composes and writes songs for the Harrist Family Band and the collective Sol & Kiel. He draws heavily from his background in Jazz improvisation and is deeply committed to studying Hindustani music, late Romantic harmony and classical Ottomon/Mevlevi music. Mike studied double bass with James Macdonald at the Open Music Collective in Brattleboro, VT and with Ralph Alessi and John Hébert at the SIM in Brooklyn, NY. He continues his stidies with master musician William Allaudin Mathieu, neyzen Fred Stubbs, and Hindustani vocalist Pradeep Shukla. Mike received his BA in music and religion from Marlboro College under composer Stan Charkey and religion scholar Amer Latin