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January 17th, 2010
Library to host Gypsy Moon

011510gypsymoonLinda and Ray Sriro are Gypsy Moon, appearing at the San Marcos Public Library Tuesday.

STAFF REPORT

The San Marcos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins Street, will host Gypsy Moon, featuring guitarists Ray and Linda Sriro, in a free concert on Tuesday night from 7-8 p.m.

Gypsy Moon’s concert at the library precedes the group’s appearance the upcoming fifth annual Django Reinhardt Festival at Arts Fifth Avenue. in Fort Worth. As they did at a well attended concert at the library last year, the Sriros will give a concert-style performance. The audience will hear and see the same show that Gypsy Moon will perform at the festival.

The Sriros are longtime local musicians who have entertained area audiences for more than 20 years.  Linda Sriro may be familiar to some as a performer with the Wimberley Players and San Marcos Performing Arts. Residents who attended the Destination concert at the library this past Christmas may recognize her as one of the Andrews Sisters style trio.

Ray and Linda Sriro both became interested in playing guitar at the age of 14. When they met, they played together, exploring jazz and swing standards. Linda took a hiatus from the guitar to become an experienced and versatile vocalist. The couple still wanted to play together, but had a hard time finding the right genre of music that would complement both of their styles until they discovered Gypsy Swing.

Gypsy Swing was first popularized in France by Django Reinhardt, known around the world as one of the finest guitarists of all time. Manouche, another term for Gypsy Swing, is a blend of American jazz and swing music and the chromatic and often darker chords of Gypsy music, especially waltzes. In the 1930s, Reinhardt’s music was extremely popular and influential. Most listeners can even detect a bit of it in Western Swing.

Reinhardt died in 1953, but Gypsy Swing has a devout worldwide fan base and is still extremely popular in Europe. The music is not as widely known in America, although some classical and jazz musicians are taking up the style.

The Sriros fell in love with Gypsy Swing and have been trying to expose it to as many music lovers as they can. For booking information for Gypsy Moon, call (512) 396-7171. To hear a bit of Gypsy Moon, visit http://myspace.com/gypsymoonmusic.

Information about the Django Reinhardt Festival in Fort Worth can be accessed at www.artsfifthavenue.com.

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