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 LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades, and even on the street, Fishtank Ensemble includes two explosive violins, the best slap bass player in the world*, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, trombone, accordion and one little banjolele along with opera, jazz and gypsy vocals. 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.
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 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 expect from this band, it will never match their out of this world performance!!!