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we are


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.


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

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we have
spent the last six years reclaiming space in a system dominated by the top 40 hit parade, and physical space otherwise mainly used to sell people something they don't need in exchange for money they don't have.

we've played in spain and romania and most of the lands between, and made some people really happy, even while some other people did their best to make it not so.

we've enjoyed playing in bars and concert halls and at demonstrations and on the street gleefully watching the crowd beg for more live music before the thump-machine is turned on again.




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