Caravan of Thieves


Like  many  families,  this  one  started  with  a  married  couple-   Fuzz and  Carrie  Sangiovanni,  (guitar, vocals,  various  percussive  “instruments” )  writing  and  performing  as  a  duo.  “It  started  as  a  romantic, bohemian vision of a couple making music, performing on the road, in parks, venues, traveling around and  avoiding  responsibility  as  much  as  possible,”  says  Fuzz.  “The  first  thing  we  discovered  was  we loved singing together, harmonizing our voices. Just seemed to click right away.”

In the spring of 2008, Fuzz and  Carrie extended their family to include fiery violinist  Ben Dean  and double bass madman, Brian Anderson   completing their colorful vision. Since then, the four of them ran away from home and never looked back.  Within that first year, the Caravan of Thieves  began to win immediate praise for their unique blend of gypsy  swing  and  popular  music,  inspiring  them  to  record  and  release  the  debut  full-   length  album Bouquet  (2009). To accompany this collection of dramatic and satirical tales, they built an interactive stage set of percussive junk and the ragtag quartet took their newly animated show on the road, sharing stages  with  world  renowned  artists  such  as  Emmylou  Harris,  Dan  Hicks,  Glen  Campbell,  Nanci Griffith, The  Decemberists, Keb Mo , Tom Tom Club, Iron and Wine,  Punch Brothers, Tony Trischka, John Hammond, John Jorgenson and many others. The Caravan successfully connected with audiences on each of these diverse bil ls, proving their act to be understood and appreciated by folk, pop, rock and jazz audiences of all ages.

“The years spent making music as an acoustic duo, alongside street performers,  forced us to create a style of music we can present anywhere, anyhow, plugged in or not, a little wild and raw,” adds Carrie addressing  the  palpable  troubadorian  nature  of  Caravan  Of  Thieves,  “And  this  seemed  to  be  a characteristic  of  popular  artists  and  performers  who  have  developed  their  persona  and  style  that continue to span generations.”
Driving  gypsy  jazz  rhythms,  acoustic  guitars,  upright  bass  and  violin  lay  the  foundation  for mesmerizing  vocal  harmonies  and  fantastic  stories.  It’s  theatrical  and  humorous.  It’s  musical  and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout  the  performance  in  momentary  fits  of  claps,  snaps  and  sing – alongs.  If  Django  Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house, Caravan of Thieves would b e the band they hired.

“This idea of bringing the street performance to the stage led us to gypsy music and the 1930′s swing era  as  these  are  free  feeling,  charismatic  performances  by  real  entertainers.  With  this  as  the  musical backdrop,  combined  with  our  fascinatio n  with  macabre  images  and  sharp – witted  sarcasm,  we  began writing happy sounding pop songs with pretty harmonies, dark thoughts and creepy characters. This all seemed to be a suitable combination. And banging on buckets, frying pans and hubcaps were just crazy and human enough to fit too.”