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by Inner Gypsy

Acoustic world-beat flute and guitar pop and extended jams with a gypsy soul
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Gypsychology
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2. Don't Wanna Lose You
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3. Clear As A Bell
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4. I Got You Babe
3:37 $0.99
5. Only Seventeen
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6. Trees
5:06 $0.99
7. Hoboken
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8. Mexico Man
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9. Mariah
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Inner Gypsy is the love-child of a guitar player and a flute player,who found each other in New York City, and who are linked as much by their love of every kind of music, as their love for each other's ideas and world-view. Their music is an acoustic fusion of rhythmic and melodic styles from all over the world, performed with a deep understanding of their craft.

Tiffany was a small town upstate NY girl with a great big wandering heart. She always knew that the only thing she ever wanted to do was to play her flute and travel the world. She studied music theory at the University of North Carolina in Asheville – including a course with synthesizer inventor and guru, Robert Moog whom, because of his creativity and consistent openness to new ideas, she remembers now with a great affection.
But somehow, over the years, she had become distracted from her love of music, and found herself working as an executive in the world of high fashion in New York City. Traveling the world, yes – but for business. Seeing the diversity of the arts and culture this planet has to offer – but unable to contribute her true talents because of the stifling limitations of the corporate culture to which she had unwittingly become connected.

Mario was a little Indian boy who was named after a famous Italian tenor. It was a different age, it was another world. As a child he moved from India, to London just as that city was dawning from out of a grey and dismal post war conventionality, into a place that “swings like a pendulum do.” It was an explosion of color and fashion and style and music where anything (and everything) goes! As a child he helped his father invent an instrument called the Sitar-Guitar, inspired by the then contemporary merging of eastern and western cultures.
He too ended up in New York City. Involving himself in music from all over the world, he honed his performance chops playing with rock bands, jazz and world-fusion bands, with reggae bands and even for a while with Chubby Checker's Rock'n'Roll Review. But eventually, he found himself trapped, through the vicissitudes of mundane economics, back in his day job: a designer in (what else) the fashion industry.

But just when all hope seemed lost, it was New York City where these two soulmates met in early 2004. Their band, Inner Gypsy, is the two of them at its core, sometimes supported by other “gypsies” (percussionist, violinist, upright bass, accordion). However they are quite capable of putting on a high energy performance without any help, thank you!
In the past two years they have performed extensively throughout the usual Manhattan club scene, as well as lesser know venues in New Jersey where they now reside as husband and wife.

Mr. & Mrs. Sen have just completed their debut album, Gypsychology, a collection of eight original songs – which span a diverse and international set of styles while still retaining a pop music accessibility – and one unexpected cover, the old Sonny & Cher classic, "I Got You Babe."



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joe del priore

Interesting conundrum here. Mario Sen in two tracks, Gypsychology and Trees, embraces a communal ideology. He expresses a 'we are all in this together' approach, whether it be accepting our differences as a melting pot without bigotry, or as a motivation for environmental awareness. However in his other compositions there is a focus on the individual and his coming to terms with just connecting with one other person. Past mistakes, foolish decisions, the ignorance of youth, lost chances at love haunt the narrators. All the community in the world isn't enough to create a buffer for his regrets. Tiffany Sen is a revelation on flute, never overplaying, always propelling her husband's exotic melodies forward. Mario flavors a Mexican sound with tinges of East Indian. His descriptive language in the cut Hoboken cover both the old city and its modern progeny, crowded bars, feelings of solitude for the outsider. Mariah suggests a spiritual quest and a need for absolution from excessive lying and disguise. He uses a Dylanesque tone in the vocals on Clear as a Bell, which touches on the basic unknowable essence of others. There's a jazzy cover of I Got You Babe and that vibrant beat of the opener Gypsychology. I would have preferred he incorporated electric guitar on some cuts. Maybe next time.


Hi Maz, its your old Bass player!
Hi mate its Gastaps (Lou)!
You have progressed a long way since we sat in your mums kitchen practicing! I have been trying to get in touch by email through your website but had problems, so I thought if I did this it might get throught to you!The album is fab and its nice to see that the spirit of Bayswater lives on! I am now living in deepest Dorset in a fabby little town full of Muso\'s, poets, painters and other cosmic lifeforms, up till recently I was running an organic farm but I\'ve retired now and just fool around with historic vehicles! How are Buster and Penny? well I hope, and is Seta still managing the family!Do you know if \"Dick the nose\" is still with us? these and a million other questions are waiting to be asked! Lots of love
Alan (Lou) (Gastaps) late of Fulham!

H. Lewis

Album Review: Inner Gypsy's Gypsychology
The new album by Inner Gypsy may be the best example of philosophical gypsy pop meets husband/wife virtuoso musicianship since 1965... which is not to say that Sonny and Cher were proponents of virtuosic music or, for that matter, that Mario and Tiffany Sen have anything in common with them other than their charming cover version of "I Got You Babe." But just listen to the arrangements in "Mariah" and "Clear as a Bell," and you will hear a direct connection to the risks that pop music started to take in the mid sixties, and which all but disappeared with the demise of The Police some time in the early eighties.

In those days, what we now term "Prog Rock" (read: Yes, King Crimson) had as much in common musically with Folk music (read Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen) as "Funk" had with "Psychedelic" inasmuch as they were all pop music. They cross pollenated and pioneered every possible combination of styles and sounds known to man. If we include such world music notables as Bob Marley, Salif Keita and even Ravi Shankar, we are now creating a gumbo of Katarina sized proportions.

I asked Mario Sen (guitarist and vocalist with Inner Gypsy) if this is what he was trying to do:
"I know this will sound awfully cliché," he responded, "but we're just making music. We don't really separate the styles. Our fingers and our voices go where they please. It seems really artificial to us to draw lines between things like that. Like countries, for example. I'm not sure which one of the astronauts made this comment, but he looked down at the Earth, and he said he didn't see any borders like they have on maps. There were no lines drawn on the surface of the planet which separate us. We're all in this together."

And certainly the lyrics of the title song, "Gypsychology," reflect that way of looking at life. But that is not the only mood represented on this artfully conceived and painstakingly executed album. "Only Seventeen," has an almost Kristofferson-like plaintive country feel to its lyrics, which bemoan those wasted early years. And "Trees," (a song supposedly sung by the trees themselves) comes at you with the joyous anger of one who does not resent the battles ahead.

Meantime, the acoustic guitar and flute playing are simply splendid all the way through. After the fast synchronized runs in Gypsychology lending it that Latin feel, we go on a trip to most of the spicy and warm places this planet has to offer, (with a few diversions to the cold and lonely ones – "Hoboken" for example) and exit finally to the sweep of the Raga style meanderings in the grand finale track, "Mariah."

You will love this album if you like to sit down and listen to music and let it take you where it will. If not just download the mp3 of "I Got You Babe," and dance to it while you cook tonight's meal. Thirty years from now it will seem as much of a classic as the original one does today.