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  • Occidental Gypsy at Paschal Winery

    The band's moniker means Western Gypsy
  • Occidental Gypsy delivers an exhilarating melange of uptempo Gypsy swing rhythms punctuated with catchy melodic pop hooks and complex structures of jazz.
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    • If you go
      Who: Occidental Gypsy
      When: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12
      Where: Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent
      Tickets: $25, $10 for students
      Call: 541-488-3869 or see www.siskiyoumusicproject.com
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      If you go
      Who: Occidental Gypsy

      When: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12

      Where: Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent

      Tickets: $25, $10 for students

      Call: 541-488-3869 or see www.siskiyoumusicproject.com
  • Occidental Gypsy delivers an exhilarating melange of uptempo Gypsy swing rhythms punctuated with catchy melodic pop hooks and complex structures of jazz.
    Look for a mix of genres and original vocal and instrumental pieces, along with such notable covers as a "Gypsified" take on Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and others.
    The quintet from Rhode Island — with Eli Bishop on violin, Jonathan Hurley on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jeff Feldman on bass, Erick Cifuentes on percussion and lead guitarist Brett Feldman — will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets cost $25, $10 for students, and can be reserved at www.siskiyoumusicproject.com or by calling 541-488-3869.
    The band's name — meaning Western Gypsy — embodies a concept behind world fusion. The players started with a sound that originated in Eastern Europe and blended it with contemporary American music. Interestingly enough, Gypsy swing was created by taking American jazz to the East and blending it with Gypsy folk traditions. Now, Occidental Gypsy brings the music back home.
    The band's 2011 debut album, "Over Here," quickly garnered critical acclaim, rave reviews and full houses at its concerts.
    The Boston Globe has named the band a "Best Bet for Weekend Entertainment," and David Bromberg — an eclectic musician in his own right — said the group had "great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, with high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band."
    Occidental's violinist Bishop rouses audiences with lightning-fast playing, while lead guitarist Brett Feldman drives the sound with swinging gypsy guitar. Frontman Hurley brings a cinematic flair to the stage — he has written and arranged film scores, played Italian opera in China and supported several country-rock bands from Nashville. Guatemalan percussionist Cifuentes and bassist Jeff Feldman round out the band's sound with danceable rhythms.
    Brothers Brett Feldman and Jeff Feldman originally formed the group as a straight-ahead Gypsy jazz quartet. With the release of "Over Here" and the addition of new members, the band's taken on a more diverse, sophisticated and eclectic sound.
    Its approach to world pop, jazz and dance music stems from a reverence for Gypsy swing founders Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. And it occasionally taps such international talents as Yuki Nakajima and Jason Anick of the John Jorgenson Quintet to join the band on stage.
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