In the beginning...
It sounded like an impossible undertaking: six musicians, from three different continents, collaborating on a dozen songs for a global fundraising project called "Peace Partners".
The impossible part? These six musicians would not gather together at some centrally located recording studio. Oh, no. The plan, here, was to conceptualize and complete these songs without ever sitting in the same room, or even setting foot on the same soil.
Rather, these recording sessions would take place in "the Cloud", entirely over the Internet; writing, arranging, recording, mixing, mastering -- all done "online", without any of the six musicians involved ever meeting one another, in person. It was an "impossible" experiment...made possible by modern technology. It was also the digital birth of Gypsies in Cyberspace.
Did the experiment work? Three years and five albums later, it's safe to say that, yes, it did.
And the experiment continues, even as the band's lineup has undergone several personnel changes. Through it all, "da Gypsies" continue to evolve...and continue to develop their unique sound -- still never having met, in person.
Ultimately, that initial, "impossible" experiment has led to this, a sixth Gypsies' album: "Gypsies in Cyberspace: Greatest Misses".
How's that, again? Greatest "misses"? What can we say? Da Gypsies have never had a "hit" -- whatever that means, in this modern age of niche markets and Spotify playlists. What they have done, however, is record some pretty damn good music, over the course of the past three years.
How good? In the end, that's your call. Here are sixteen songs, culled from those five earlier albums, to help you decide.
Kev & Jack
released 01 April 2013
Gypsies in Cyberspace:
Kevin Sweeney - guitar, bass, vocals
Jack Nimersheim - guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals
Special thanks to...
Chris Nurse - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Gil Wayne - guitar, keyboards, sitar, drums
Paul Feia - guitar, bass, vocals
...and musical friends:
Jason Nimersheim - guitar
Ron Sachs - guitar
Ron Baumgartner - drums
Rick Marksberry - guitar
Lorenzo Declich - bass, guitar, keyboards, drums
Travis Charbeneau - lap guitar
Marvin Lee - bass
Patrick Lajeunesse - background vocals
Alessandra De Luca - background vocals
Selena Schopfer - background vocals
Produced by Jack Nimersheim
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