Stephane Wrembel, Musette Guitars
April 23, 2015
While he can make the most complicated riffs and acoustic stylings look simplistic, Wrembel's skill on the guitar is jaw-dropping to witness. He had a crowd at the Evening Muse rapt with his intricate soundscapes. What's the sign of an incredible performance — that you lose track of time, how many songs the artist plays or what might be happening outside the venue's four walls?
While Wrembel promised a night showcasing a wide range of his work from over the years, his setlist was focused on the band's latest album, 2014's Dreamers of Dreams. The atmospheric pieces of music were as much Pink Floyd or Peter Gabriel-era Genesis as they were Django in nature; as much psychedlic musings as they were gypsy jazz. There were quick-strumming, up-tempo jazzy efforts such as "Through the Looking Glass," and wandering journeys with thicker instrumentation such as the drum-heavy "Lascaux." There were also mellow moments of contemplation during songs like "Human Condition II: Love."
Wrembel told the crowd he considered this his first true performance in Charlotte. He played a barely attended gig at Amos' Southend a few years back — "We were just passing through town," he said with a laugh. If the crowd's enthusiasm for Saturday night's gig is any indication, he'll be back again soon.