“There is a definite edge to their music. [They] blur the lines between Django Reinhardt-inspired jazz on the one hand and indie music on the other – it’s quite incredible… if you ever see their name you must go and see them – it’s a visual delight as well.”
– Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Halifax-based Gypsophilia is a group of seven performers playing original high-energy jazz that is by turns angular, sweet, nostalgic, modern and raucous. In recent years Gypsophilia has become a formidable touring outfit, regularly crisscrossing the continent and playing to sold-out crowds all over Canada and the US. Their killer live shows and danceable, genre-bending sound have made them an audience favourite at major festivals and small clubs alike. With a combination of serious musicianship, humour and showmanship they are capable of enchanting a sit-down crowd one moment, and whipping people into a dancing, clapping, singing frenzy the next.
2015 sees the release of Night Swimming, their fourth full-length album. Joel Plaskett’s The New Scotland Yard Studio in Dartmouth, NS provided the setting, and Toronto-based producer Joshua Van Tassel (David Myles, Great Lake Swimmers, Amelia Curran) provided the direction, departing from the purely live approach of their previous discs. The result is a hauntingly beautiful 9-song masterpiece that showcases a darker, cinematic side of Gypsophilia alongside their signature ebullient swinging sound.
The four-time ECMA winning band features Gina Burgess on violin; Nick Wilkinson on guitar; Sageev Oore on piano, accordion and keys; Alec Frith and Ross Burns on guitar and percussion; Matt Myer on trumpet and organ; Adam Fine on double bass. Members of Gypsophilia have performed with the likes of Symphony Nova Scotia, Kanye West and more.