Babik

Babik

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A progressive gypsy jazz band inspired by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Biography

Babik (pronounced Bah-Beek) is a progressive Gypsy Jazz band inspired by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. One of those rare musical ensembles that can truly reach across generational and stylistic lines to create a fan base that is as diverse as their musical influences. At their concerts it is not uncommon to see a white-haired 75 year-old grandmother dancing next to a purple-haired 20-something.

Babik has the ability to bridge passionate jaw-dropping virtuosity, with a rare toe-tapping danceability that keeps its audiences enthusiastically engaged. The group's ability to connect is evident in the way crowds clamber to clap, dance, and cheer along with nearly every performance.

Since forming in 2005, Babik has enjoyed both commercial and artistic success. All four members (Stuart Fuchs-Lead Guitar, Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry-Violin, Joshua Assad-Rhythm Guitar, Kevin O'Brien-Upright Bass) are full time professional musicians, and the success of their partnership, both on and off stage, shows in their lighthearted improvisational performances.

Babik stays busy performing over 150 shows a year at concert halls and festivals, in addition to facilitating educational programs & improvisation workshops at high schools and colleges.

In March of 2008, Babik worked with arranger Brent Havens (creator of orchestral programs of Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Doors) to create the first ever orchestral program of the music of Django Reinhardt, which was performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to an audience of thousands. Babik has even performed with the contemporary dance troupe Configuration Dance in a tightly choreographed theatrical show.

Their hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. has awarded them "Best Jazz Band" by two different magazines for three years in a row. Their first release, "Pronounced Bah-Beek", broke Western New York sales records at two area retailers, and the Buffalo News calls Babik "One of the Hottest Bands in Buffalo"-high praise from a town that launched The Goo-Goo Dolls, Ani DiFranco, Rick James, Spyro Gyra, and Soulive.

With their latest release, "American Gypsy", the band showcases ten original compositions and three standards that both honor the roots of Gypsy Jazz while exploring a wide range of styles such as Jazz-fusion, Klezmer, World and Latin Music. The result is an amazingly coherent, expansive, and ambitious vision of Gypsy Jazz that will excite jazz and music lovers alike.

Perhaps Buffalo Spree Magazine best expressed the spirit of the band in a recent feature story: "It's hard not to fall in love with a band whose every tune seems to state 'We love life and we want to celebrate it.'"

Awards
Best Jazz Band -Artvoice 2006, 2007, 2008
Best Jazz Act -Buffalo Spree Magazine 2006 & 2007
Best Album -Live At Sessions Buffalo Spree Magazine 2007

Discography

New Studio Album out this Summer!!!
2006 Debut CD- (Pronounced: Bah-beek) -Best Selling CD
2006- Live at Sessions -Award winning DVD

Set List

Set List
A typical Babik set includes a mix of Django Reinhardt songs, compositions by other gypsy artists, and original band compositions. The group also puts a gypsy spin on familiar jazz standards such as Honeysuckle Rose, Caravan, and All of Me, in addition to performing novelty songs like Spiderman and The Shiek of Araby.

Educational Workshops
Babik performs dozens of educational workshops each year for elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as universities. Each program is tailored to the age and abilities of the students being taught. Workshops are available for bands and orchestras as well as general student populations.

Intro to Improv
Through discussion, performance, and audience participation, Babik demystifies the mysteries of improvisation, and shows that everyone can do it. General students learn that improvising music is similar to improvising speech, and are guided to create their own musical conversations. Orchestra and band students are given