Fishtank Ensemble presents a world of music in Pistol River

By The Curry Coastal Pilot October 23, 2012 09:43 pm


PISTOL RIVER – The Pistol River Concert Association presents the Fishtank Ensemble in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

The concert will be at the Pistol River Friendship Hall, 24252 Carpenterville Road, Pistol River.


The ensemble, formed in 2005, has played everywhere from clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades, and even on the street.

The band includes two violins, a slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, trombone, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, accordion and one little banjolele. With these instruments, the band tackles everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco, and oddball originals.

Fabrice Martinez (violin and violintromba) is a fiddler who has traveled Europe in a mule-drawn caravan collecting and playing folk music with the group Croque Mule. Originally from France before living in the caravan, his love is Romanian folk music. He also plays Gypsy, Hungarian, Swedish, and other kinds of music.

Ursula Knudson (saw, voice and violin) has also traveled with the Croque Mule caravan. She is classically trained in voice and violin, and self-taught on the saw. She won second place in the 2004 International Saw Festival. She sings in Romanian, French, Japanese, and sometimes even in English, her native tongue.

Douglas Smolens (guitar) is a Flamenco guitarist, producer and composer. Performing as “el douje,” his album “Worlds Collide” is a mixture of traditional and modern styles.

Djordje Stijepovic (bass) was a member of world music bands in Serbia such as Shira Utfila (Sephardic), Kal (Balkan gypsy) and Marsya (Balkan). Stijepovic performs solo, and provides his signature slap for rockabilly band Atomic Sunset, Deke Dickerson, Slim Jim Phantom (from Stray Cats), and Lemmy (from Motorhead), and plays with other bluegrass, cajun, jazz, blues and other types of bands.

Tickets are $15 and available in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings and Gold Beach Books in Gold Beach. Tickets may also be reserved online at or by calling 541-247-2848. A $5 student discount or refund available at the door with student identification.