With layered guitars, sharp violins, and sounds that come together with unsullied timing, Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan doesn’t miss a beat. It’s hard to believe the things these talented souls are capable of. They make more original notes out of each instrument than some people can squeeze out of an entire band. It’s almost difficult to decipher what exactly are the instruments that are making all these hip-popping melodies.
The band consists of a great number of fellows: Alfonso Ponticelli, the bandleader, carries on lead guitar while Jason Miller puts in his magic on rhythm guitar. James Sanders and Steve Gibons master their violins, intermittenly plucking and bowing, while Tony Ballog chooses between playing the violin, beau sample, or bass. Louie Marini slaps at his stand up bass, and, of course, what gypsy-jazz band would be complete without an accordion, played by Juliano Milo.
The music that morphs amongst these musicians is that of genuine mastery. Not only have they mastered a flamenco style while adding a gypsy jolt, quite a stone to step unto, it’s done with such perfection while still having the innovation to add their own twist to it. There’s no doubt they’ve got an abundance of passion pulsating through their fingers.
If you’re interested in experiencing Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan, come by The Cave of The Serbian Cultural Center St. Sava on April 23rd at 10pm.
Did you know? 1930s psychiatric care consisted of drastic procedures such as lobotomies, shock therapy, electro-convulsive therapy, and insulin-induced comas. These were carried out to alter cognitive function and, in theory, cure mental conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and general “moody” behaviors.
The first lobotomies were performed by drilling holes into the prefrontal cortex and inserting alcohol into the hole in order to destroy tissue and sever connections. Ice pick lobotomies were later carried out, mainly by Dr. Walter Freeman. This consisted of inserting ice picks above the eyeball and just below the eyelid, pounding them in using a rubber mallet, and shifting the devices back and forth in order to rip through neuro connections. These were generally performed without anesthetic; electroshock therapy rendered patients unconscious before the procedure.
A form of lobotomies are still preformed today. Psychosurgery is now used with MRI machines as guides.
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