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we are

   Amsterdam's

caspian hat dance
 
We have developed a characteristic sound through over four hundred live performances, having forged our own style and sound from a base of Romani, Klezmer, Eastern European, Balkan, Latin, and Italian music, strains of other folk sounds from around the globe, and what we dream about at night when everybody else has gone to sleep.
 
Our shows are a blend of high energy and great musical complexity, ongoing interchanging of instruments and languages, a blend of unusual compositions and visceral folkloric music, and inescapable demands for encore after encore.
 
We have played nearly everywhere conceivable in Amsterdam and have toured Holland and the European lands to the West, East, and South. We play in bars, squares, cafes, squats, and concert stages, in your living room, on your laptop and on your rooftop.
 
We are a street band that plays in sold-out concert halls and a concert-hall band that plays in plazas and squatted buildings.
 
We sing at the violin and the accordion, the guitar, the double & electric bass, all kinds of percussion and tambourines, charango & quena, and our own voices.
 
We sing in Romani, German, Hungarian, Macedonian, and some languages we made up ourselves.
 
Nothing you can see or hear on this website compares to seeing us live.
 
 

highlights

We have had the honour to play:

 
Twice with Balog József and Agi, from Hungarian Gypsy band Etnorom, formerly of Kalyi Jag. József is the composer of the beautiful "Mori Shej, Sabina". (2010.10, 2007.11)
In Hungary at Budapest's Gödör Klub and Veszprém Street Music Festival
Before legendary Colombian folk singer Toto la Momposina. (2010.08)
At Benelux's biggest world music festival, Festival Mundial, alongside Flogging Molly, Babylon Circus, Calle 13, and Ozomatli (2010.06), and at the Tilburg Gipsy Festival alongside Taraf de Haïdouks + Kočani Orkestar, Di Naye Kapelye, and Lajko Felix. (2012.06)
Before Macedonian Gypsy brass band Kočani Orkestar in Amsterdam. (2010.06)
Alongside Gypsy Klezmer Folk Punk rockers The Zydepunks in New Orleans. (2009.07)
For thousands of people as the closing act of Holland's Oerol Festival, at the Groene Strand. (2009.06)
Together with Hungarian Gypsy band Parno Graszt in Budapest. (2007.08, 2009.01)
Hanging many meters off the ground in a geodesic circus tent (2008.01)
At village weddings and folk festivals in Hungary and Romania. (2007.06-2007.08)
Many times in Amsterdam's Melkweg. (2007.07, 2007.07, 2007.05, 2008.01) and Paradiso (2006.09, 2006.12, 2008.01, 2009.05, 2009.12)
In all of Holland's major cities and concert venues, as well as nearly every country in Europe
At the Roma Tent at Budapest's sziget festival (before being kicked out by the proprietors, who found the lyrics too scandalous) (2007.07)
Countless times in Amsterdam's finest culture space, Cultureel Theehuis Mezrab
Alongside Che Sudaka, the Antwerp Gypsy Ska Orchestra, the Bucket Boyz, Oi Va Voi, Zibabu, The Amsterdam Klezmer Band, de Beatzers, Mala Vita, Club Era, and La Kinky Beat

the caspians
 
Caspian

Caspian Crowd-Funding

We are crowd-funding the reunion and CD release tour.

We can't do it without you!

Nearly all our shows have been free and we played an amazing benefit for the Stansted 15 at the Vrankrijk last night.

We're at 64% of our goal with 16 days to go.

Please give us all your money forever and ever.

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October 27: OCCII with Balkan Beat Bar

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It is seriously, really happening.

The Caspians are reuniting at the end of October, 2018, to play shows in Amsterdam, Budapest, and Balaton.

The CD which we had left unfinished is ready to share with you.

Our first show will be in Amsterdam on October 27*, at the OCCII -- where we played our first major gig 12 years ago!

After that we head to Hungary to play 3 more shows, then back to Amsterdam for 2 more.

You could decide to miss it ... but why, oh why would you?

You can help make this happen! I don't want to give away too much, but it might have something to do with little shiny round pieces of metal issued by "governments".

More on that later.

For now, cancel everything and come around. What's 10 years between friends?

* Note: this will be the only Amsterdam show with Silvi and Juri!

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Goodbye (for now?)

farewell.jpgIt is with pleasure alloyed with pain and not a little unconcealed sadness that I announce our goodbye-for-now party this Saturday.

With Valentin leaving for Berlin and Pablo leaving for Uruguay it's not clear what will happen with the band. When people ask how or whether we will keep playing, the only answer we can give (for now) is that we won’t be playing in the near future, at least not in this formation.

So here’s to the songs unsung and the jokes unemailed. (For now).

But I think I speak for all of us that whatever inspired us to do this all this time drives us still, and is perhaps stronger, if different. What’s that you say, put it into words? Oh, that’s easy … it’s a beach in the beautiful country of ____, where night is day and day is also day, it’s the Vondelpark, where you go and sit for a while, it’s those old-style aeroplanes where two guys had to push the propellor to get it moving while the pilot put on his goggles and ate a candy bar, it’s a back page torn out of the book of Europe & the Americas, it’s an Amsterdammer riding a bike, a whole crazy city of Kermits the Frog.

And if we dare say so ourselves, the upcoming album was well worth waiting for.

By all of which I mean to say that we will still be filling the world with noises in some way or other.

So keep your ears open and your heart free of dust and your eyes on the back of the neck of the guy in front of you and march, soldier, march.

And come on Saturday and party with us one last time. For now.

We are scheduled as the first band, which means we really start at 22h!

Eagles & Belgian Beer

eagles.jpg Eddie and the Eagles are on a mission to ‘make it happen’  in this city.

Let's find out what that means!

Thursday, Sep 6 @ OT301.
w/punk and art from Dobre Cultural Platform, EKE Trio Gibson/Hoogland/Jäger, Mau Mau.

And, to celebrate its 15th year anniversary, Café Belgique asked lots of good artists to play.

They also asked us.

Friday, Sep 7 @ Ruigoord
w/Supercity, Los Pistoleros de la Paz, Humanos Mágicos, + DJ's

Come see us blast through ‘Mädchen’ and ‘Conversación de Borracho’ with some special guests and a brand new sound. 

Tilburg Gypsy Festival and More

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Tomorrow (Sunday) and next Sunday we are playing two free shows in Amsterdam & Tilburg.

Tomorrow at 19.30 you can catch us at Friekfest, the 10th-year anniversary blowout and quite possibly also goodbye party for Villa Friekens, a squatted free-space -- by now an institution -- in the North of Amsterdam which is slated to be evicted soon.

Next Sunday at 18.20 we will be at the Tilburg Gypsy Festival, where you can also catch the amazing:

Taraf de Haïdouks (Romanian for "Band of Outlaws")
+ Koçani Orkestar

Di Naye Kapelye (Yiddish for "The New Band")
+ The Manyo Band

Amsterdam Klezmer Band (Dutch for "Amsterdam Klezmer Band")

Amariszi (Romani for "She is Ours")

Felix Lajko (Hungarian for "Lajko Felix")

and many more amazing bands, in possibly the coolest Gypsy/East-European festival this summer in the Benelux! (Italian for "Good, Lux!")

Don't miss it. And if you, don't ever admit it to anyone.

- The Caspian Fashion Society

Occupy Amsterdam

Friends,

Come and hear us play 99%* of our repertoire at the Occupy Amsterdam camp at Beursplein 5, and help us welcome our fantastic new violin player *Neske* to the Caspian Credit Consortium!

Microphones will be present, human and otherwise.

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Beursplein 5 is at Beursplein, number 5.

Saturday, November 12., 21h00

*: Figure not accurate

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Looking for a violin player

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Do you like the noises we make? Do you want to help us make more of them?

People keep asking us when we're going to play again, and we sure are itching to.

If you can play the violin and you think you want to play with us, or you know someone you does, do let us know. We would ask you to try two of the unreleased songs: 'Fritz' and 'Le bokhale barvalenge'. You can find them on the website or myspace. Pass it on!
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2010/2011 winter tour

Our winter tour is in full swing now over. Next stop:

Budapest at the Gödör Klub on December 30
Wien (Vienna) at the Ost Klub on New Year's Eve
Manhattan, NY
Knoxville, TN
Little Rock, AR
Hattiesburg, MS
New Orleans, LA
home to our castles and cottages

See us in the full list of cities in Europe and the U.S. by checking our agenda.

See us in sexy glasses doing secretarial work by closing your eyes and thinking a lot.

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Friends, Enemies, Eric:

On Tuesday our violin player Joseph plans to leave the country and basically the band, after 4 years of solid squeezing, tearing, screeching, crooning, touring, arranging, recording and performing.

Also on Tuesday, the mayor of Amsterdam will contradict his stated policy, as he plans to evict several squats, such as the Schoolstraat, 't Blijvertje, and Schijnheilig, for at least one of which the only plans existing are to fill it with anti-squatters.

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Why don't you come to our concert at Schoolstraat 4 tomorrow at midnight,
and see if we can convince the relevant parties to change their minds?

Well, why don't you, huh? Friends, enemies, no need to answer. Eric: I
expect a prompt reply.

De mazzel,

Caspian Hat Dance




concerts you missed
 
  2018
Nov 3 Bella.Fucking.Ciao amsterdam
netherlands
time:
doors @ 20.00
Mobiele Eenheid

gedempt hamerkanaal 86
free
 

Geen speculatie, meer inspiratie!

Nov 2 Benefit for Stansted 15 w. Almudena y Davide, Pablo Fagúndez, & Balkan Beat Bar DJs amsterdam
netherlands
time:
doors @ 19.00 / caspian @ 21.00
Vrankrijk

spuistraat 218
5 (suggested)
 

Oct 31 Babel Camp balatonboglár
hungary
time: 22.00   free
 

Oct 30 Caspians w/DJ Lay DNA budapest
hungary
time: 20.00 Szimpla Kert

kazinczy utca 14
free
 

At Szimpla Kert with Dina Balogh (Lay DNA)

Oct 29 Return to Hungary! budapest
hungary
time: 21.00 Lámpás

Dob 15. Pince.
 

First Hungarian show of our reunion!

show all past concerts

 

 

 

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