Gypsy-jazz swings by for Concerts for a Cause

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‘gypsy flamenco swing’

AUBURN — Concerts for a Cause, the new concert series at Auburn’s First Universalist Church, will host the acclaimed gypsy-jazz ensemble Ameranouche (pronounced uh-Mare-uh-noosh) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6.

The award-winning group plays a passionate style of music they call “gypsy flamenco swing.” They are veterans of the Newport Jazz Festival, DjangoFest Northwest, Muzikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and the National Press Club. The name is derived from two words: American and Manouche, the gypsy tribe of guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Played on traditional French jazz guitars, the music is rhythmic, vigorous and elegant. Whether they are playing a musette waltz from 1930 or an Andalusian-inspired original tune, Ameranouche’s gypsy flamenco swing style is a complex yet fresh sound for the 21st century.

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Concerts for a Cause brings special concerts to the Lewiston-Auburn community while raising money for area charities. This show will benefit the church, as well as recovery funds for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The concerts are produced by local musician and church choir director Dave Rowe and a dedicated group of church members. Calling gypsy jazz “unarguably one of the most popular forms of jazz music,” Rowe admits “it’s been my goal to make sure that this concert series has something for everybody — and this one’s for me.”

The First Universalist Church of Auburn is located at 169 Pleasant St. across from Dairy Joy. Parking accessible.

Tickets are $15 at the door (cash or credit). FMI, visit www.uuconcerts.org or call 207-783-0461.

Ameranouche will be appearing at the First Universalist Church in Auburn.
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