This concert features the GRP 2.0 lineup, an all-virtuoso crew:
Guitar: Introducing Cole Runge
Upright bass: Ethan Philion
Drum set and percussion: Gustavo Cortiñas Fouilloux
Violin: Steve Gibons
We'll be playing Gypsy Jazz, Romanian, Balkan and Middle Eastern music- including (originally) liturgical pieces written or arranged for Tzedek Chicago Congregation.
--Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Violinist Gibons commands an enviable reputation for his work in the gypsy-jazz idiom, including for his contributions to Alfonso Ponticelli’s Swing Gitan ensemble, which is in residence every Wednesday evening at the Green Mill.
--Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader:
"[This is] Chicago's go-to group for stripped-down, old-fashioned Roma music- They bring the improvisational sophistication of jazz to Romanian and Bulgarian Gypsy music without smoothing out its ragged edges."
-- Neil Tesser
Gibons... pushes the band an unmistakably eastern direction - to the Mediterranean and even the Arab Peninsula, in tandem with the French Roma tradition. The result is something certainly different, at times a bit bizarre, and always engrossing."