I’m Tim Kliphuis, director of the Grappelli-Django Camps. Last January, we premiered our first (sold out) Winter Jam and have now opened signup for the 2023 Grappelli-Django Summer Camp! First guest tutors to be confirmed are Jimmy Grant (gtr), Eva Slongo and Seonaid Aitken (vln) and Roy Percy (b).
On 24 August 2023, we celebrate our 14th edition in Beukenhof Biezenmortel (NL), with yet another fabulous performing and teaching lineup. Camp founders Reinier Voet, Karin van Kooten (NL) and myself will be leading the camp as usual.
We are dedicated to giving musicians of all levels, from beginners to (semi-) professionals, the best possible improvisation boost. An experience you won’t forget!
In memory of Max Bédouelle (1980 – 2021)
Beukenhof Biezenmortel, The Netherlands
“Gypsy Jazz” is the style made famous by Parisians Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli in 1934. Their all-string jazz group is still seen as Europe’s biggest contribution to jazz history.
The aim of the camp is to offer a long weekend of world-class tuition for international players and help them get better year by year.
Grappelli-Django Camp does not audition. A basic command of your instrument is required. Entries are taken on a first come, first serve basis. The wide range of levels (beginner – intermediate – advanced) demands a dedicated teaching staff and good planning. Level-based instrumental workshops are alternated with ensemble lessons where all levels meet, short private lessons, a guest clinic and, of course, guided and open jam sessions.
But being a star performer is not enough. This camp is about learning and that’s why we only choose players who are either already established teachers or have an interest in passing on their wisdom to others. This ensures that we can all learn in a positive atmosphere.