Gypsy plus music |

Gypsy plus music

Arrangements are always surprising with Fishtank Ensemble, and include a plethora of instruments: Violin, accordion, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, shamisen, bass, saw and voice.

From the smokey cafes of Bucharest to the Gypsy caravans of yesterday, this band evokes the spirit of a past age with the sounds of tomorrow.

The band inlcudes a gifted young fiddler, Fabrice Martinez, who has spent the last seven years traveling around Europe in a mule-drawn caravan learning and playing folk music with the ensemble “Croque Mule.” Much of that time was spent living in Romania, often in Romani (Gypsy) villages.

A series of chance occurrences caused the members of what would become Fishtank Ensemble to meet in an Oakland performance space called The Fishtank in the spring of 2005.

After three short weeks together, they recorded their debut album, “Super Raoul.” ‘Raoul’ is a gypsy slang term for ‘cool.’

Some of the notable west coast venues they have performed at include the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, Tangiers and The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, and The Fiddlehaus in Seattle.

A forthcoming DVD will showcase the band’s exceptional live energy and music from their new recording “Samurai Over Siberia.”

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