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Gypsy Soul

Photos by Dragomir Vukovic

The music of Gypsy Soul will endeavor to stir audience members&

souls again this holiday season when they perform their fifth annual benefit concert as a fundraiser for WinterSpring Center for Living with Loss and Grief. The artistry and beauty of Cilette Swann&

s and Roman Morykit&

s music is a reflection of the love and compassion apparent in their lives, according to event organizers. Cilette spoke in a recent interview with WinterSpring Director Donna Taylor of their decision to expand their charitable giving with holiday concerts in Oregon, Utah and Washington to benefit comunity-based charities, explaining, &

After we made donations to help hurricane victims, we thought of the local groups that might be overlooked.&

Believing that the efforts of local charities like WinterSpring were needed now even more than ever, they determined to use their gift of music to encourage others to give generously in their local communities.

Gypsy Soul creates an unforgettable musical landscape that is described as being as rootsy as it is atmospheric and haunting by event organizers. Swann&

s powerful vocals lead, while partner Morykit balances the band&

s ethereal edge with bass and guitar counterpoint. Swann writes lyrical tales with impassioned insight and Roman creates the evocative musical tapestry, which the two effortlessly marry.

They tour domestically and internationally as headliners and have also opened for Grammy winners Larry Klein Toni Childs, John Taylor (Duran, Duran), Los Lobos, Martin Page, Edie Brickell

(New Bohemians) and Beth Neilsen-Chapman. In US Weekly, Monica Rizzo wrote, &

Their music stirs the soul and moves the spirit.&

&

Gypsy Soul, the exquisite duo, is one of the most brilliantly instrumented and vocally adept bands alive and kicking. The most original material in the Folk-Rock scene today,&

says The OC Weekly. People Magazine describes &

haunting vocals and superb musicianship.&

According to K-LOS RADIO in LA, &

Gypsy Soul creates gourmet music for music lovers.&

For the past ten years, Swann and Roman have made their living entirely as professional musicians. &

The depth of loyalty and support we have received from fans is a great unforeseen benefit to being independent. Many of these people travel to multiple states each

year for our shows - they truly are what keeps us going,&

says Swann.

&

When we get onstage and we are performing, the experience is very intense. And we, in a sense, give people permission to let their guard down. And that&

s what makes what we do worth it,&

says Morykit. &

We never had any other goal. We loved the feeling we got when we performed. And we saw just how deeply we connected with the audience. We don&

t do bubblegum pop. So when we connect with people, it&

s a profound and deep connection. We get letters from people who have told us how much our music has meant to them and how we have changed their lives.&

&

Beneath the Covers,&

their most recent album and their first cover song album, was created to pay homage to some of the great artists and songwriters who inspired them along the way. It also includes a Gypsy Soul original, &

Silver Lining.&

Donna Taylor, WinterSpring&

s executive director, says that the lyrics speak poignantly of the wisdom gleaned during the difficult process of grief: &

&

133;. like the willow I will bend, live each day as my last, ever grateful for the past. All I&

ve learned I am finding in the light of the silver lining.&

The concert will include two full sets. Swann and Morykit will be joined by guest musicians Michael Forney, Mikey Stevens, and Inger Jorgensen as well as guitarist Jeff Pevar, who performs with Crosby Stills and Nash.

This is the second of Gypsy Soul&

s concerts dedicated to WinterSpring. 2004&

s sold-out concert raised more than $2,100 for WinterSpring. That concert and the album &

From the Journey&

were dedicated in remembrance of Cilette Swann&

s father, Noel Swann. His memory is also honored with an inscribed stone at the WinterSpring memorial Grove.

&

I&

m so glad WinterSpring is there for the community that help is so important,&

Swann said. &

I was absolutely blown away by the WinterSpring volunteers last year. They were so organized and committed to the whole process, not just at the end to accept the donations.&

The evening will include a bake sale and raffle. The concert is at the Historic Armory, 208 Oak St., at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The tickets, $15.00 in advance and $18.00 at the door, are available at WinterSpring by phone at 772-2527, The Music Coop in Ashland, Terra Firma Home in Medford, Terra Firma in Jacksonville, Willow Creek in Phoenix or Studio Art Glass in Phoenix. For information about Gypsy Soul see the Web site www.GypsySoul.com.