Enter the wild, underground world of the Gypsies on April 11, 2009 when an all-star cast of performers, DJs, dancers and colorful characters gather to launch the 5th anniversary season of the NY Gypsy Festival. The 6-hour marathon will feature live bands and DJs in a circus-like atmosphere with dancers, palm readers and visuals at Le Poisson Rouge.
Headlining the soiree is one of Turkey’s top clarinet players, Selim Sesler, who played two packed shows at Joe’s Pub two years ago. Described as “The Coltrane of the Clarinet” by The Guardian, Sesler will join the mighty NY Gypsy All-Stars for a must-see clash of the clarinets, and high energy Balkan funk & jazz.
Also appearing are the 9-piece dance combo Romashka playing brassy Balkan beats & heart-twisting Russian tangos and heavyweight trumpeter Frank London, who brings his infectious energy and klezmer-brass sounds to the kick-off party. In their NY debut, Finnish duo Wonderlust are taking the Gypsy sound into club world by mixing music from both the west and east side of the Volga River. DJ Pepe rounds off the night with music from the Bosporus straight up the Danube River, right over the Hudson. West Village venue Le Poisson Rouge will morph into an Eastern gypsy town with visuals & decor by Wonderlust, palm reading by Mephulia and gypsy dances by the beautiful Kristina Melike – a feast not just for the ears but also for the eyes.
Saturday, April 11 10pm – 4am
NY Gypsy Festival presents 5th Anniversary Season Kick-Off Party
New York Gypsy All-Stars – High energy Balkan funk & jazz
with special guest Selim Sesler – “The Coltrane of the Clarinet” from Turkey
Romashka – Russian Gypsy dancing, tangos and tales of lost love
Frank London – Legendary leader of the NY Klezmer underground
DJ Pepe – Bosporus-meets-Balkans Mix
DJs Wonderlust – Grannies from the curves of the Volga River
Gypsy Dance by Kristina Melike
Visuals & Decor by Wonderlust
Palm reading by Mephulia
at Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St, New York