Fishtank Ensemble mixes myriad sounds and styles at Levitt Pavilion
By John Sollenberger 06/22/2012
Summer means free concerts galore in Pasadena, with the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park in full swing five nights a week.
Friday, feel the magic of a perennial area favorite as Fishtank Ensemble lights up the Levitt stage.
This fiery foursome plays a hybrid of gypsy music and other styles, blending French jazz with Flamenco, Serbian and Transylvanian influences and adding its own original touch for a thoroughly entertaining show.
Members use their own unique experiences to create the sound. For example, Sacramento native and vocalist Ursula Knudson sang opera on the streets of Italy before falling in love with gypsy music.
Serbian bassist Djordje Stijepovic actually played with gypsies in Europe, along with various rock groups, before jumping in the tank. All the players boast virtuoso chops, which will be on full display in the park amphitheatre.
Using violins, bass, trombone, accordion, guitar and other traditional instruments, the band’s diversity has kept the quartet busy since its 2005 inception, and they’ve played gigs ranging from hip LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades and various special events.
Visit fishtankensemble.com for the full lowdown. — John Sollenberger
Music starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park, at the corner of Raymond Avenue and Holly Street, Pasadena. Admission is free. Call (626)
683-3230 or visit levittpavilionpasadena.org.