The LA Weekly calls FISHTANK ENSEMBLE "cross pollinated gypsy music....one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet." Formed in 2005, the band includes two explosive violins, the world's best slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, trombone, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, accordion, and one little banjolele. They tackle everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco, and oddball originals.
This dynamic, virtuosic, fiery, and peripatetic quartet that comprises Fishtank Ensemble takes its 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. 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 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.
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