Born: May 17, 1977
Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is an instrumental group based out of Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. The ensemble also pulls influences from jazz, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the Hot Swing repertoire, originals and standards done in uniquely arranged styles.
The idea for Caravan G.S.E. started in early 2002 when Chris Ruppenthal, the group's leader and an aspiring jazz guitarist, first heard recordings of Dutch Gypsy jazz guitarist Jimmy Rosenberg who played in the Reinhardt style. Chris soon turned away from the American bebop style of jazz guitar to follow in the long shadow of Django and was inspired to seek out fellow Gypsy swing enthusiasts....
Articulate speed with control and loads o swing characterize this group of local rebels. They'll transport you to a land of slow moving covered wagons, incense and dancing. Prentice Berge, Restaurant Magnus
Ruppenthal's quick-stringed guitar meshes perfectly with upright bassist Kevin Tipple, clarinetist Timm Gould and guitarist Ed Fila. Aaron Conklin, Isthmus Newspaper
Original, energetic and really talented... I love their sound! Jonathan Overby, Host of WPR's Higher Ground Radio Show
In addition to being great to work with, Caravan G.S.E. really knows their stuff. They drew the audience in with expert playing and just enough history to bring the songs to life. Jon Hain, Owner of Mother Fool's Coffeehouse