Fishtank Ensemble

Fishtank Ensemble is back. The group of six diverse musicians will be playing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 Mountain Ave., Ashland.

Romanian folk music forms the bulk of the material with a healthy helping of flamenco, Swedish folk music, klezmer, Gypsy jazz and other folk sources as well as original songs. The arrangements include instruments from many countries such as violin, accordion, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, shamisen, bass, saw and voice. The band evokes the spirit of a past age with the sounds of tomorrow.

Fishtank Ensemble formed in Oakland in 2005 around fiddler Fabrice Martinez. Originally from France, he has spent the last seven years traveling around Europe in a mule-drawn caravan learning and playing folk music with the ensemble Croque Mule. Much of that time was spent living in Romania, often in Romani (Gypsy) villages.

In late 2005 the band took to the road, performing up and down the West Coast of the United States. On the success of their first tour, the two band members who lived in Europe agreed to relocate to the U.S. to focus on establishing the band as a unique force in the folk and world music scenes.

Tickets are $15 for adults, and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, Ashland. Call 488-7716

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