Brothers Brett and Jeff Feldman founded the Gypsy-fusion band, Occidental Gypsy, incorporating folk, blues, klezmer, and Latin influences. The band tours nationally and are considered among the many new heirs of the Django Reinhardt legacy.
Occidental Gypsy’s 2nd full-length album, 44070, was released 1/11/2017. 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 US. 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 song ‘Messalina’)
Brett Lee Feldman – lead guitarist and primary composer/arranger.
Eli Bishop, violinist – co-arranger.
Jeremy Frantz – guitarist and primary vocals
Jon Chapman – percussionist.
Jeff “JPhat” Feldman – co-founder and bassist.