April 12, 2014 · 8:00pm



Fishtank Ensemble

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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 L.A. 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!!!


The Wayfarer Experiment


The Wayfarer Experiment creates sounds of all cultures with roots from the blues. Poetic lyrics and emotional vocals on top of an ever-changing list of great musicians. This is for any lover of music.

“They’re some mighty fine chords right there.”-Swamp

October 2009, Lancaster musician Bjorn Jacobsen decided to try a musical experiment. “After playing with many bands and projects, I decided that ‘experiment’ was a better term for anything I did in the future,” he explained. “An experiment can go wrong, or, it could do the opposite, and we can make it into a science.” And it seems the Wayfarer Experiment has become a science.