World Class World Music
Fishtank Ensemble is a musical Molotov cocktail, blending a wide range of styles: Turkish, Romanian, Gypsy, French hot jazz, Balkan, Greek and more. From California, they bring their unique high energy and virtuosic show to places all around the world.
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Greetings to all,
This is one of many announcements, but let’s call this the Most Official Announcement of All……..(drumroll)……
We have finished Edge of the World! Ok, so to took a year longer than expected…..but we are hoping that you will agree with us that it was WORTH IT! This album is the culmination of our whole touring experience, an invaluable and unforgettable eight years long experience. After nearly a decade of musical travels that have created a lifetime of experiences and a worldwide family, Fishtank Ensemble offers up ‘Edge of the World’, a dedication to the community of musicians and friends that have inspired them and supported them over the years. Taking you from the Baroque era to 1920′s Greece, from 30′s Paris and back to 1980′s Los Angeles, Edge of the World blends music from geographic and genre-based musical worlds in one stunning tribute that comes directly from the heart.
And the good times continue…we just had an unforgettable tour on the east coast, meeting up with old friends, playing into the night in NYC, reveling in West Virginia (a new state for us!), kicking up our heels in Pennsylvania…..it always seems as though our time on the road is over all too quick. And soon enough, we will be taking an extended break. What a tough decision this has been! But we know when we need to charge our artistic batteries. And don’t worry, we can’t bear the idea of NEVER coming back) You all are too much fun to play for!
We live and breath music . . .
The LA Weekly calls them “cross pollinated gypsy music….one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet.” Formed in 2005 and playing everywhere from the hippest LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades, and even on the street, the gypsy jazz band includes two explosive violins, the world’s best slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, and one little banjolele. Tackling everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco, and oddball originals, the band is a not to be missed event for world music lovers…and everyone will love this intoxicating mix of music!!
The dynamic, virtuosic, fiery and peripatetic quartet that comprises Fishtank Ensemble take their roots both from their own varied musical and national backgrounds, as well as from their adventures and travels. The singer Ursula sang opera on the streets and town squares of Italy, until she found a love of gypsy music…their French violinist voyaged around all of Europe in a handmade mule-drawn caravan for ten years, collecting music and experiences. Their Serbian bass player has spent time playing with gypsies as well as some of the rock and roll’s legends, and aptly defends his reputation as the best slap bass player in the world… and the guitarist is a master of flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar who honed his craft in the gypsy caves of Granada, Spain… Whatever wild time you can expect from this band, it will never match their out of this world performance!!!
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