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Sample Track 1:
"Small Doll" from Pierre de Gaillande's "George Brassens Project"
Sample Track 2:
"Poor Martin" from Pierre de Gaillande's "George Brassens Project"
Sample Track 3:
"Taketron" from Slavic Soul Party!'s "Taketron"
Sample Track 4:
"Real Simple" from Slavic Soul Party!'s "Taketron"
Sample Track 5:
"El Ranchero Punk" from Rana Santa Cruz's "Chicavasco"
Sample Track 6:
"Loopita" from Rana Santa Cruz's "Chicavasco"
Sample Track 7:
"Nuevos Ojos" from Pistolera's "En Este Camino"
Sample Track 8:
"Guerra" from Pistolera's "En Este Camino"
Sample Track 9:
"Senor Balaban" from The Cuban Cowboy's "The Devil's Dance"
Sample Track 10:
"The Devil's Dance" from The Cuban Cowboy's "The Devil's Dance"
Sample Track 11:
"Sonido Amazonico" from Chicha Libre's "Sonido Amazonico"
Sample Track 12:
"PrimaveraE LaSelva" from Chicha Libre's "Sonido Amazonico"
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All About the Artists

Slavic Soul Party !

Throbbing funk grooves, fiery Balkan brass, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! NYC's official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunk.  SSP! has created an acoustic mash-up of Balkan and Gypsy sounds with North American music, weaving the gospel, techno, funk, dub, jazz, and Latin influences of New York's neighborhoods seamlessly into a Balkan brass setting.  Their original sound has never been clearer than on their new cd Taketron, a surprising re-imagining of brass band dance music that includes only two traditional songs (a blazing Moldovan oompah and a soulful Gospel journey).  SSP!'s music has won the ear of fans and musicians on both sides of the Atlantic, and their tunes have been learned by Serbian brass stars Boban Markovic Orkestar and New Orleans funk sensations Galactic, among others.  In addition to touring throughout the US and Europe, SSP! holds down a residency every Tuesday in Brooklyn which has become a destination for music fans from around the world.

Rana Santacruz

Rana’s music has been called “Mexican Bluegrass” or “Irish Mariachi” with a dose of rock and alternative. His music starts in Ireland, runs through Appalachia, swings through New Orleans, and careens across most of Mexico. The acoustic instrumentation includes cajón, upright bass, accordion, guitar, banjo, jarana, violin and trumpet. He cites his main influences as  The Pogues, Tom Waits, Chavela Vargas, Agustín Lara, son jarocho, and tambora -- and folk music in general.

The Cuban Cowboys

Mixing indie rock with traditional Cuban music ain't easy, but it makes for one hell of a ride. The Cuban Cowboys are indie rock's answer to the Buena Vista Social club. Armed with mambo riffs, swooning surf guitar, and a killer live show, the band is steadily building a following across the US. Their debut album "Cuban Candles," went as high as 15 on CMJ's World chart and NPR named it among 2007 top-10 releases in California. Newsday said the album was “destined to become a classic intersection between roots rock and Cuban Son.” Their new album, "The Devil's Dance," is being produced by four-time Grammy nominee Greg Landau (Maldita Vecindad, Susana Baca, Patato Valdes, et. al). With a November 2009 release, the band hopes to keep winning fans and spreading el word: TCC lobs joo.


Pistolera's accordion-driven melodies invite you to a dance party at the Brooklyn-Mexico border. Fans around the world are dancing cumbias to the group's socially conscious songs--en español--about immigrants' rights, war, racism, feminism, and life on the border. Pistolera's two albums, Siempre Hay Salida (2006) and En Este Camino (2008), were produced by Grammy-winner Charlie Dos Santos. The band has toured in the U.S., Belgium, Holland, Portugal, and Mexico, and has shared the stage with Los Lobos, Lila Downs, The Mexican Institute of Sound, Kinky, Ely Guerra, Los Amigos Invisibles, Vieux Farka Toure, and Ozomatli, among others.

Chicha Libre

When journalists in Lima want to write about Chicha, the psychedelic-meets-Amazon music once popular in Peru, ironically, they place a call to Brooklyn’s Chicha Libre. The new band—led by Barbès club owner Olivier Conan—is reviving the style that was popular among indigenous empowerment groups in the 1970s, but frowned down upon by the middle class and mainstream. Antibalas did it with Afrobeat. Sidestepper did it with Afro-Colombian music. Now Chicha Libre does it with the funky wah-wah groove and psychedelic organ of Peru’s Amazon.

Pierre de Gaillande

Franco-American singer and composer Pierre de Gaillande grew up in Paris and Southern California, listening, among other things, to his dad's extensive collection of George Brassens, one the most emblematic French singer of the 20th century. Pierre went on to play in American indie bands. He moved to NY and played bass with the Morning Glories, played guitar with Vic Chestnut and toured Russia with his own band, Melomane. In the past couple of years, Pierre also rediscovered his dad's record collection and developed a mild obsession with George Brassens. He has taken on the impossible task of translating Brassens' songs. He has stuck to the rhyming scheme and verse length of the original songs, thus matching the melodies perfectly. He has re-arranged the music with a cinematic sensibility, using a combination of guitars, clarinets, lapsteel and charango. He has managed the impossible - to translate not only the style, content and wit of the original, but he has also managed to somehow translate the musicality of the original recordings with completely different arrangements.