“Their music was so infectious it stopped us in our tracks.” —Festival Preview, Newport Jazz Festival
“Ameranouche has the gleeful flying fingerwork, the high-octane pluse 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, Muzikfest 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.
Ameranouche is —
Richard (Shepp) Sheppard Guitar
performed with Rick Danko, Hot Tuna, Vassar Clements, Ritary Ensemble, Hot Tuna, John Jorgenson
Berklee School of Music, studies with Pat Martino, Dr Frank Haas and Attilla Zoller
Jack Soref Guitar
Roots in Madison Wi, touring USA, France, Switzerland, studying in France
Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, Djangology Fest, more
Instructor, Django in June Music camp, annually
Michael K Harrist Bass
internationally with Capillary Action
regional touring with Yuka Hunt Trio (with Joe Hunt) and Orkestra Marhaba
jazz improvisation, Hindustani music, late Romantic harmony and classical Ottoman/Mevlevi music