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Antibalas & Fishtank

15th May 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

Two unrelated world music tidbits…

Afrobeat group Antibalas is finally hitting the road again… specifically the West Coast (they’ve been involved in getting the Fela! musical going on Broadway the past year or so).  They’re thankfully swinging through my neck of the woods; so look for a review in mid-July:

Monday, 17 May 2010 – Webster Hall, New York, NY
Thursday, 15 July 2010 – The Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA
Friday, 16 July 2010 – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, 17 July 2010 – Reggae On The River, Garberville, CA
Monday, 19 July 2010 – Berbati’s Pan, Portland, OR
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 – Neumos, Seattle, WA
Thursday, 22 July 2010 – Castle Clinton, New York, NY

http://www.antibalas.com/

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Second up… gypsy/folk quartet Fishtank Ensemble has their new CD out, Woman in Sin.  They played songs from it when I saw them at a Eugene house show in early March.  Great tunes!!  They’re on a mini-California CD release tour right now…

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May 12 – Berkeley, CA – Freight and Salvage
May 13 – Arcata CA – Arcata Playhouse
May 14 – Nevada City – North Columbia Schoolhouse

May 15 – Point Arena, CA – Arena Theatre
May 16 – Sebastopol, CA – Hopmonk Tavern
May 18 – Sacramento, CA – Firehouse 5
May 19 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moes Alley
May 21 – Briceland – Octagon at Beginnings
May 23 – San Louis Obispo – Cal Poly Performing Arts Center
May 29 – Claremont, CA – Folk Music Center
May 30 – Irvine, CA – Lightning in a Bottle Festival

http://www.fishtankensemble.com/

~Dan – Kaki KingJunior

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REVIEW: Fishtank Ensemble @ House Show (Eugene, OR – 3/5/10)

6th Mar 10 (Sat) 3 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Fishtank Ensemble hit the scene in 2005 with Super Raoul.  The first record hit my radar with members from bandmembers from bands I was already into: Kevin Kmetz (from God of Shamisen/Estradasphere/Secret Chiefs 3 on occasion), Doug & Tim Smolens (El Douje’s record & Estradasphere), and Adam Stacey (Estradasphere).  Only Doug “El Douje” Smolens remains from that first group of guys who got me into the band, but the other members definitely kept me around…

The band is Fabrice Martinez (pictured above –  violin), Ursula Knudson (pictured above – vocals, saw, violin, etc), El Douje (guitar) and Djordje Stijepovic (Bass).  They play a mix of Eastern European “gypsy” music mixed with a heavy dose of Django Reinhardt influenced French jazz (dominated by guitars & violins).  Think… Hot Club de Baltic States.  On their records thus far, they also add in some Japanese music (from former member Kevin Kmetz’s shamisen work).

This was my first time to one of their shows.  Last time they came through Eugene, I was up in Portland for another band, but my wife gave a rousing thumbs up (she ended up going to see Fishtank at Cozmic Pizza).

The band played about two hours, split up with a nice intermission / snack time in the middle.  The band was red hot, and the intimate living room setting made this concert very special.  I’ll admit, I’m not usually a fan of vocals as of late, especially in world music.  However, Ursula nails it.  Seeing her perform in concert 4 feet in front of me was quite stunning.  Besides the stunning dress (!!!), her vocals were utterly fantastic!  She did a lot of vocal acrobatics, which worked amazingly well with violin, bass and guitar acrobatics that the rest of the band was giving us as well.

They played a lot of material I recognized from their second album, Samurai over Serbia, as well as some new and/or traditional tunes.  Here’s what I scribbled down (fixed by bassist Djordje – – Thanks!)…

Setlist:

  • Espagnolette
  • Saraiman
  • Arabo Andaluz
  • After You’ve Gone
  • Fraima
  • Woman in Sin
  • Swing 2003
  • Hopa di Bida
  • Am Furat de la Haidouks (Romanian Sirba dance medley)
    <<intermission>>
  • O’Dewel
  • Kolo Suite (Serbian/Transylvanian Medley)
  • Tchiki Tchiki
  • Djordje’s Rachenitza
  • Coucou
  • Opa Opa
  • Samurai Over Serbia
  • Encore: Ursula’s high school song
  • Ciocarlia

They’ve got a new record coming out soon, called Woman in Sin.  Keep an eye out for it on their webpage, MySpace, et cetera.  Thank you to Michael & Carolyn for putting on a great house show!  I look forward to the next Rolling & Tumble house show — Tuvan throat singers!!

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Bill FrisellRambler

FISHTANK ENSEMBLE PHOTOS
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