Caravan of Thieves | Bouquet

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Bouquet

by Caravan of Thieves

Fun yet elegant compositions that embody the spirit and swing of early Gypsy Jazz but with plenty of witty, inventive lyrics and vocal harmonies to serenade the listener. Recommended if you like The Beatles, Django Reinhardt, Stephen Sondheim.
Genre: Folk: Musette
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“The music of Bouquet from Caravan of Thieves will catch hold of your soul, it’s languidly frantic, with sensuous backbone to it and something just a little sick hiding behind it all... I can’t believe these guys haven’t taken the mass market by storm yet”
- Erin Thursby/ EU Jacksonville

“Caravan of Thieves may easily be one of the most interesting bands I’ve listened to… I definitely see Caravan of Thieves being on many people’s end of the year lists”
- Chris Dahlberg/ Cosmos Gaming

"Look out! Caravan of Thieves will cast a musical spell on you and then they'll steal your heart"
- Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club)

“The soaring harmony vocals between Fuzz and Carrie are the first thing that will capture your attention… they are crisp and cleanly delivered and never overbearing, but at the same time deliver the lyrics with an unmatched passion”
- Guest List Magazine

“If a ragtag group of gypsies started throwing Molotov cocktails through the window during the recording of "A Prairie Home Companion," it would probably sound like Caravan of Thieves”
- Dan Barry/ Hartford Advocate

Caravan of Thieves create fun yet elegant compositions that embody the spirit and swing of early gypsy jazz but with plenty of witty, inventive lyrics and vocal harmonies to serenade the listener. Fiery violin arrangements, thumping upright bass and rhythmic acoustic guitar spanking counteract the sweet, melodic, harmonious male/female vocals of Fuzz and Carrie.

Within their first year together, Caravan of Thieves have managed to win immediate praise for their new and unique brand of alt gypsy acoustic music and their high intensity show. During that time the quartet found themselves performing in premiere venues around the country with world renowned artists such as Dan Hicks, Tony Trischka, Tom Tom Club, Menudo, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Trout Fishing in America and Ryan Montbleau Band. Caravan successfully connected with audiences on each of these diverse and at times, odd fitting bills proving the music to be a hit with folk, pop, rock and jazz appreciators alike as well as all age groups. This became evident when in only ten months they went from support act to selling out their first headline show.

Also in that first year and in a fit of creativity, the group wrote, recorded and released their debut full length album, “Bouquet” featuring 12 original compositions including a guest appearance from accordion player Bruce Martin (Tom Tom Club), producer Keith "Touch" Saunders and mastering engineer, Joe Lambert (B-52’s, Bright Eyes, Animal Collective, R. Kelly). To accompany this collection of dramatic and comical short stories, they built an interactive stage set of percussive junk and full multimedia production which delivers the audiences directly into the wild, imaginative minds of Fuzz and Carrie and the Caravan of Thieves.

Comprised of Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, the singers and acoustic guitar players, Ben Dean the violinist and Brian Anderson the double bassist, this ragtag cast of characters converge from vastly different backgrounds in folk, pop, classical, jazz and rock. Fuzz (who has spent the past thirteen years touring the world with funk and dance groups such as Tom Tom Club and Deep Banana Blackout) teamed up with Carrie in 2004 to create an acoustic duo and their full band Rolla together. In those early years they developed their songwriting and vocal harmonizing skills together, released two records and played hundreds of shows around the country. As their vision developed, the couple knew they needed to expand their palette and in early 2008 recruited Brian, who had toured previously in his experimental jazz trio Raisin Hill as well as Ben who had studied jazz and classical violin since an early age and performed in a variety of ensembles, bands and orchestras around Connecticut.

Some notable Caravan of Thieves shows would include: Green Apple Music Festival in Miami, FL; Spring Gulch Folk Festival in New Holland, PA; Gathering of the Vibes Festival in Bridgeport CT; CMJ Music Marathon in NYC; The Mint in Los Angeles, CA and State Theater in Falls Church, VA. Many more to come in 2009!


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JOSH RUFFIN

Metro Spirit
AUGUSTA, GA - As Caravan of Thieves slowly begin to ease themselves out from the music
world’s periphery and into its mainstream, the band is likely going to inspire more than a few
comparisons to Gogol Bordello and the Decemberists. And though such blurbing will be
sufficiently widespread so as to be accepted as hard fact, it would nonetheless be somewhat
misleading. While its certainly true that the Northeastern quartet’s “Bouquet” is entrenched
firmly in the former’s frenetic gypsy swing and in the latter’s folk songwriting sensibilities, they
are, before all else, their own unique animal and, despite their almost ADHD-like hyper-dabbling
in everything from vaudeville to sea shanties to tango numbers, they manage to fuse that
dizzying range of influences into an execution of something wholly blistering, intelligent and
cohesive.
The seamlessness of the Thieves’ style and performance is rooted in the husband-and-wife guitar
tandem Fuzz and Carrie (last names, apparently, be damned), who slap, whack, strum and pick
their way through the album’s dozen tracks. Indeed, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to listen to them
trade solos over a barrage of minor seventh chords with violinist Ben Dean on “Bar Isole,” but
the duo’s secret weapon is their uncanny sense of vocal harmony; capable individual singers they
may be, one listen to the beautiful chorus of “Freaks” is all you’ll need to be convinced.
Speaking of Dean, the man adds a nearly surreal air to the group’s aesthetic, his fiddle runs
sounding as if they might spin out into the stratosphere on “Ghostwriter—and if Brian Anderson
weren’t there to keep everything grounded with his thumping double bass, they certainly would.
Of course, such prowess could be taken as showboating were it not for Fuzz and Carrie’s ability
to craft rock-solid, quirky songs: though rooted in the old-time shanty, “Burial at Sea” flirts with
a menacing Morricone-esque progression, and “The Butcher’s Wife’s” cautionary fable sounds
like the “Sweeney Todd” libretto-writers were commissioned to pen the soundtrack to Walt
Disney’s nightmares. Never, however, let it be said that there isn’t a soft side to “Bouquet;” the
gentle, lilting waltz “Zuzu’s Petals” is the album’s subtle centerpiece.
Despite their lack of Ukrainian street cred (and really, is there no more formidable variety?),
Caravan of Thieves are too charming, too wry, and just too damn good to fly under anyone’s
radar. Especially yours…if you’re still reading this, you have no excuse.

DW Ditty


I am thrilled to find that this CD is out. I caught a short Caravan of Thieves set last April and was blown away - of course by the music, but also by pure energy. These people really know how to move air molecules. Buy it!

Deb

Wow!
Caught this group at the 2009 Phlly Folk Fest this week and absolutely had to find and buy some. Was absolutely blown away! Witty, sly. Oh yeah, very sly.