Occidental Gypsy delivers an exhilarating blend of gypsy swing, jazz and world music with a roaring room acoustic sound.
Nationally recognized Occidental Gypsy plays a dynamic, multi-genre mix of original vocal and instrumental pieces along with many notable covers (don't miss the "gypsyfied" take of Michael Jackson's Thriller). The Boston Globe has named them a "Best Bet for Weekend Entertainment," and musician David Bromberg said of the quintet, "great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, with high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band."
Occidental Gypsy has played legendary venues such as Nighttown in Cleveland, the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Blue Wisp in Cincinnati and the World Cafe, among others. They have shared the stage with such greats as Rikki Lee Jones, Jorma Kaukenen, Stanley Jordan, Joe Sample, Tony Rice, and David Bromberg, and band members have participated in side projects that have brought them around the world alongside legends.
Coming off a recent tour with Wynton Marsalis, Occidental's violinist Eli Bishop rouses audiences with his expert, lightning-fast violin, while lead guitarist Brett Feldman drives the sound with masterful gypsy swing guitar. Frontman Jonathan Hurley brings an eclectic flavor and cinematic flair to the front of the stage (he has written and arranged film scores, played Italian opera in China and also has supported several country/rock groups hailing from Nashville), which fits perfectly with the band's latest story-based approach to composition. Guatemalan percussionist Erick "Banny" Cifuentes and bassist Jeff Feldman round out the band's rich sound with an oft-danceable rhythm.
The band welcomes you to to hear their unique, appealing sound on their summer Stories, Walks & Rhythms Tour. Catch Occidental Gypsy's classics and soaring new compositions that transport the listener into a musical space that is wide, wild and timeless.