The Samurai Gypsies Story:
"This Passionate, High-energy, gypsy soul-fire acoustic ensemble take their listeners on an exotic scintillating journey of sensual grooves and wild crescendos you can't help but move to. Their masterfully rich instrumentation, is both complex and precise, gritty and hot. The Samurai Gypsies get their unforgettable sound from the band's core string virtuosos, Gary Carpenter on guitar and Dany Cobo on violin. Taking music with african, flamenco, latin and jazz roots into some deliciously sexy and cerebral places."
- Angela Blessing, Event Producer
New video coming soon
2015/2016 were great.
We finally mastered and put our new CD on-line. It was a real labour of love and glad for it to be done but we are already in production on music for our next CD which we plan on recording live.
We did 3 sold-out shows at the beautiful Carleton Theater In Monterey on New Years Eve of 2015 and 2017. On the 17th of January last year we played at the Telluride Fire Festival in Colorado after playing the San Jose Jazz Festival and in July of 2016 we played the Mid-Summer Music Festival in Big Sur CA. We are looking forward to playing for the rest of the planet soon.
We mainly play private corporate and special events, weddings as well as festivals and wineries.
We are currently playing regularly at the FolkTale Winery in Carmel.
2020 Has been really challenging but we are still playing where and when we can.
If you are interested in having us play you can contact me directly: Gary (831) 295-3977 or contact our agent below
Bookings for Central & Southern California call us directly
Gary Carpenter Bolo Connection Photography
"Over the past many years, the name of Gary Carpenter has become synonymous with integrity, creativity and musicianship of the highest caliber. Based in the Santa Cruz area of California, Carpenter first came to our attention as a founding member of the fusion group Helios, a combo that provided more than a modicum of style to go along with an abundance of substance. Gary’s next foray was with the band Tribal Heat, as he explored various avenues in world music. Now add to those musical adventures Samurai Gypsies, Carpenter’s latest project that takes listeners on an intriguing journey into the realm of Latin and Rhumba. With this most recent offering, the versatile and multi-talented Mr. Carpenter shows all the fire and passion we’ve learned to expect. Make no mistake, this is melody with muscle; but even so, with a generous measure of nuanced touches – there’s enough to satisfy even the most discerning listener. Proficient in a plethora of styles, from jazz and world music, to flamenco based rhythms or anything in between, Gary Carpenter continues an upward trajectory with an ever expanding musical mission. Always intriguing and fresh – both on record and in live performance - guitarist Gary Carpenter is the epitome of a performer whose credentials are beyond reproach!"
Ted Hasiuk Host & Producer for Café Jazz
Composer and violinist Dany Cobo was born in Ecuador . Influenced by Violinist Jean Luc Ponty Dany studied violin and viola at the “Antonio Neumane” Conservatory of Music of Guayaquil , Ecuador . Took part in the conservatory chamber orchestra directed by Andrei Podgorny. In 1983, at 18 years old traveled to Quito , Ecuador invited by Hector Napolitano to joined a band that played Traditional Cuban music named “Rumbason” Performing in many venues, cities and international events . At the same time with Ecuadorian Singer/songwriter Hugo Idrovo , Napo and Alex Alvear was part of the band “Promesas Temporales”. that became one of the bands that influenced future generations in his country .
In 1987 & 1988 Dany was accepted as a Viola student for the “National symphony Orchestra” base in the city of Quito Ecuador , performing in several concerts with the National Symphony From 1988 Dany joined several touring bands traveling around south America . like the group of folkloric music “Altiplano de Chile” From 1990 and 1993, Dany traveled to Chile where he joined the music scene with several Chilean and Cuban musicians where he landed first mayor newspapers pages .
In 1996 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where his friend Omar Sosa introduced him to some of the best musicians from the San Francisco music scene. Dany studied with the renown Jazz violinist , composer and founder of the TISQ quartet David Balakrishnan.