Occidental Gypsy at the me&thee
An Occidental Gypsy performance includes so much more than just music. Jeremy, Eli, Brett, Jeff, and Erick are incredibly energetic and charming entertainers who interact with fans on a personal level, and incorporate audience participation into every show. On stage, the dialog between band members is entertaining, to the delight of the audience. Perhaps this is why the Boston Globe recommends an Occidental Gypsy show as a "Weekend Best Bet."
When Occidental Gypsy decided to gypsify Michael Jackson's "Thriller" on the band's debut album. "Over Here," released in 2011, they were quick to garner critical acclaim, and have continued to gather rave reviews and full houses during active touring. Motif Magazine wrote, "Listeners will surely be all in with Occidental Gypsy's Over Here," and defined the band as "a terrific and unpretentious fab five."
Occidental Gypsy was originally formed by brothers Brett (lead guitar) and Jeff Feldman (bassist) as a straight-ahead Gypsy Jazz Quartet. Through the release of Over Here and the addition of new members, the band has taken on a far more diverse, sophisticated, and eclectic sound. The group is fronted by jazz guitarist Jeremy Frantz, and takes the audience to soaring heights by young prodigy violinist Eli Bishop and percussionist Erick Cifuentes. The band also occasionally taps international talents to join the band on stage like Yuki Nakajima and Jason Anick of the John Jorgenson Quintet.
Live, the band compliments original material with expertly arranged 'gypsified' covers. Occidental Gypsy's unique approach to world, folk, jazz and dance music stems from the influence of Gypsy Swing founders, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. The band will also be featured at the the June 2015 DjangoFest in Mill Valley, California, having been invited as capable Django "heirs." The members of the group posses a deep knowledge and reverence for the Gypsy style and feel honored to bring their music to the ears of new audiences. Brett Feldman, the driving force behind the world Gypsy style, stays steeped in the true Gypsy tradition by playing by ear and perfecting the playing for hours each day. Due to their expertise within the Gypsy swing genre, and eclectic world influences that set their songs apart, Occidental Gypsy's fan base is constantly expanding.
The name Occidental Gypsy (Western Gypsy) embodies the concept behind Gypsy World fusion. The group has taken the Gypsy sound that originated in Eastern Europe and brought it "Over Here" to blend it seamlessly with contemporary American music. Interestingly, Gypsy Swing was created by taking American Jazz to the East and blending it with the Gypsy Folk tradition. Now almost a century later Occidental Gypsy brings the music back home.
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28 Mugford St
Marblehead, MA 01945
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