Fishtank Ensemble Lives The Gypsy Spirit
And if you want to immerse yourself in a hybrid form of the high-energy sound known as gypsy music, then take to the hills – or, in this case, to Macey Center – at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 and meet the Fishtank Ensemble in a Performing Arts Series event.
|The Fishtank Ensemble will perform at Macey Center on Friday, Jan. 28.|
Before the concert, Tech Club-Club Macey will host a social in
The performance is this season’s Betty Clark Memorial event; other sponsors are the National Radio Astronomy Observatory/Associated Universities Inc., the N.M. Tech Graduate Student Association, IRIS-PASSCAL, Holiday Inn Express and KUNM radio.
“The L.A. Weekly called Fishtank Ensemble ‘cross-pollinated gypsy music … one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet,’” said Ronna Kalish, Series director and a musician in her own right.
Every season, Kalish colors the PAS calendar with new hues in the entertainment spectrum, bringing to the small town of
Such is the stuff of Fishtank Ensemble, a California-based group whose four members have lived the life they celebrate with their music, a blend of Romanian, Gypsy jazz, Flamenco, Balkan, Turkish and Tango, segueing from French jazz to Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems and offbeat originals.
|An Interview With Ursula Knudson|
The Performing Arts Serices conducted a brief one-on-one Q&A session with Ursula Knudson, vocalist, saw master and violinist with Fishtank Ensemble. Here is the result:
PAS: Fishtank Ensemble has a stop in Brooklyn before heading to
Ursula Knudson: This is our third or so trip to
PAS: How do you relax between performances? Exercise, meditation, golf (ha!)?
PAS: Just like the gourmet chef who admits to craving an occasional Big Mac, what music genre would your fans be surprised to know you enjoy on occasion?
PAS: You live the gypsy life you sing about: what do you give up in the process?
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The troupe has played everywhere from the hippest LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades, and even on the street, employing two violins, a slap bass, musical saw, both flamenco and gypsy jazz guitars, trombone, accordion and one little banjolele.
Fabrice Martinez (violin and violintromba), a native of
Ursula Knudson (saw, violin, vocals) is classically trained in voice and violin, and also travels with the Croque Mule caravan. She sings beautifully in Romanian, French, Japanese and sometimes even in English, her native tongue.
Douglas Smolens (guitar) is an accomplished Flamenco guitarist, producer and composer. His album, Worlds Collide, is a unique and bold mixture of traditional and modern styles, from “jondo” flamenco to modern day world fusion/drum and bass/techno.
The classically trained Djordje Stijepovic (bass) is as peripatetic in his travels (he joined world music bands in Serbia, Kal and Marsya) as he is in traveling across musical genres – Stijepovic provides his signature slap for rockabilly bands, and plays with bluegrass, cajun, jazz, blues and other type of bands.
Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $10 for youths 17 and under; with a $2 discount if purchased by 5:00 p.m. the day before the performance.
Tickets are available at the N.M. Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of
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