Brothers Brett and Jeff Feldman founded the Gypsy-fusion band Occidental Gypsy, incorporating folk, blues, klezmer, and Latin influences. The band tours nationally and is considered among the many new heirs of the Django Reinhardt legacy.
Occidental Gypsy’s second full-length album 44070 was released this past January. Two of the instrumental songs are about historic events; ‘Vrba’ is about an individual’s heroics to save people from death in Nazi Germany. ‘Children’s March’ is about a Civil rights event in the U.S. The rest are covers of Django Reinhardt favorites and jazz standards. Band member Eli Bishop, award-winning violin prodigy, has won a Guinness World Record for fastest clapping (featured in the song ‘Messalina’).
Brett Lee Feldman - Lead Guitar | Primary Composer/Arranger
Eli Bishop - Violin | Co-Arranger
Jeremy Frantz - Guitar | Lead Vocals
Jon Chapman - Percussion
Jeff “JPhat" Feldman - Bass