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Gypsy swing band to perform at ONU

Sep 28, 2007
Buffalo-based "gypsy swing" group Babik will bring its unique version of European jazz to Ohio Northern University on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The group will present an hour-long master class/clinic at 1 p.m. and then a performance at 8 p.m. Both events will take place in Snyder Recital Hall.

Comprised of Stuart Fauchs, lead guitar, Geoff Perry, violin, Josh Assad, rhythm guitar, and Kevin O'Brien, upright bass, Babik plays a special brand of jazz known as gypsy swing. Created in the 1930s by two-fingered French guitarist Django Reinhardt, gypsy swing blends American big band swing with the exotic flare of European gypsy folksongs. Each of Babik's songs is performed solely on acoustic instruments, combining passionate improvisations, toe-tapping rhythms and the gypsy tradition.

Since its formation in 2005, Babik has garnered considerable critical and popular recognition. Readers of Artvoice magazine recognized Babik as best jazz act in the 2006 and 2007 "Best of Buffalo" polls. Readers of Buffalo Spree magazine also named Babik as best jazz act in that publication's "Best of WNY" poll in 2007. The group's 2006 debut CD, "Pronounced Bah-beek," became an immediate No. 1 bestseller in the Buffalo, N.Y., area.

These events are free and open to the public.