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DOSSIER Agoust 2009
by Mono Lo


La Caravane Passe
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The band was formed in 2001 by Toma Feterman, who has ancestors of Polish, Rumanian and Jewish Russian origins. A self taught multi-instrumentalist, Toma sings as well as playing the banjo and the  trumpet.

 After initially performing music that covers a wide range from punk to French “chanson”, he decides to gather a group to perform music from Eastern Europe - a way of returning to his roots. At the beginning, the musicians were friends that played traditional songs. He meets Olivier Llugany in January 2001. Llugs started playing the fiscorn (a traditional bass bugle from Catalunia) at a young age, in the Sardane orchestras of his region (coblas). As a result, this unusual instrument has been introduced into the project – it has certain similarities with the tubas of the brass bands from the Balkans. It is thanks to Llugs that the group has that particular brass sound. Between 2001 and 2003, the band becomes popular in Paris, acquiring a reputation as a celebratory gypsy-klezmer ensemble. They can be found on all the stages of the Paris musical underground scene.

La Caravane Passe plays several times a week in places like l’Olympic, Les Trois Arts, Le Café Montmartre… The group also participates quite regularly in cabaret evenings where they meet and accompany a big variety of circus acts. During 2002, La Caravane Passe creates, together with Môh Aroussi, « le Vrai Faux Mariage » (the Real Fake Wedding), a kind of gypsy rock cabaret performance.

In 2003 Ben Body, a great friend of Toma Feterman, becomes bass and double bass player for the band.

2004 is the great turning point in the group’s career : that year, Pat Gigon and Cyril « Zinzin » Moret join La Caravane Passe : the set-up is complete.

As they meet up and listen to gypsy bands across France, Toma and Llugs observe that this music has a great impact on the French public, but remains closeted in a finally rather cultural, conventional context. This is when the idea hits them to “translate” this music, to move it without offending it, to deviate it towards the French rock idiom. Toma’s compositions are rather alternative rock songs which have taken the colours of gypsy music in the wider sense (from Central Europe to Spain and Northern Africa). The music is full of energy and very festive, wandering from Balkan tango to hip-hop, from reggae to tarantella.

Since 2004, the band have been on stage with some of the most famous gypsy bands: Fanfare Ciocarlia, Taraf de Haïdouk, many collaborations with Rona Hartner, Koèani Orkestar, O’djila, Boban Markovic, Bratsch, Slonovski Bal, Goran Bregovic … but also with French rock bands like Sergent Garcia,  Java, Mon Côté Punk, the Washington Dead Cats, El Gafla, Le Grand Orchestre du Splendide… For two years in a row, the band filled the well known Paris venue Cabaret Sauvage with the “Real Fake Wedding” once a month, and also played in Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, as well as in Serbia and Macedonia; and they also played in famous Paris venues like the Elysée Montmartre, Bataclan or New Morning.

In France, the audience has welcomed the new release enthusiastically, celebrating this event by filling the New Morning twice in December and also a very hot Bataclan in January !

Toma Feterman : voice, banjo, trumpet, guitar
Llugs Llugany : fiscorn, voice, trombone
Cyril Zinzin Moret : sax soprano
Ben Body : double bass
Pat Gigon : drums

Records [up]
Go to Plechti   Go to Plechti
   2006 - Album

Velkom Plechti!   Velkom Plechti!
   2008 - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Ahora In Da Future   Ahora In Da Future
   2010 - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Gypsy For One Day   Gypsy For One Day
   2012 - Album
   buy it at iTunes

Main contributions [up]
Mic Cité   Mic Cité
   2007 - Compilation
   buy it at iTunes

Forum [up]
  The Forum for La Caravane Passe

Contact & Management [up]
3 rue Jean Moreas, 75017 Paris
Xavier MARGA / xav.tzigart@gmail.com / + 34 633 246 913

Métisse Music
1, Villa Juge
75015 Paris
01 40 59 04 73

85, rue du faubourg du temple
75010 PARIS
01 53 19 12 46

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