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Today, Monday July 11: Babik, Django-inspired ensemble at Smithy Pioneer in Cooperstown

July 11, 2011

Arts On Q presents:

“Babik” – Gypsy Jazz Ensemble

In concert at Smithy Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY

Monday, July 11, 7:00pm

Arts On Q, in cooperation with The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, presents “Babik” on Monday, July 11th at 7:00pm at 55 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, NY.

Babik (pronounced Bah-Beek) is a progressive, fiery Gypsy Jazz band inspired by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt, in fact, the band is named after Django’s son. Babik is one of those musical ensembles that can truly reach across generational and stylistic lines to create a fan base that is as diverse as their musical influences. At their concerts it is not uncommon to see a white-haired 75 year-old grandmother dancing next to a purple-haired 20-something.

Babik has the ability to bridge passionate jaw-dropping virtuosity, with a danceability that keeps its audiences enthusiastically engaged. The group’s ability to connect is evident in the way crowds clap, dance, and cheer along with nearly every performance. Since forming in 2005, Babik has enjoyed both commercial and artistic success. All four members (Stuart Fuchs-Lead Guitar, Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry-Violin, Joshua Assad-Rhythm Guitar, Kevin O’Brien-Upright Bass) are acclaimed musicians, and the success of their partnership, both on and off stage, shows in their lighthearted improvisational performances. Some of you saw Josh Assad when he was here with Stephane Wrembel a couple of months ago. He’ll be singing a few songs this time, which will be nice.

In 2008, Babik worked with arranger Brent Havens (creator of orchestral programs of Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Doors) to create the first ever orchestral program of the music of Django Reinhardt. This collaboration has been enthusiastically received by every audience to hear it.

With their latest release, “American Gypsy”, the band showcases ten original compositions and three standards that both honor the roots of Gypsy Jazz while exploring a wide range of styles such as Jazz-fusion, Klezmer, World and Latin Music. The result is an amazingly coherent, expansive, and ambitious vision of Gypsy Jazz that will excite jazz and music lovers alike.

Perhaps Spree Magazine best expressed the spirit of the band in a recent feature story: “It’s hard not to fall in love with a band whose every tune seems to state ‘We love life and we want to celebrate it.’”

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