Faith i Branko

Faith and Branko Ristic form the core of their high-energy live performance, combining the accordion, violin, effects pedal and tabor pipe to take the audience on a journey from melancholy Roma violin laments to storming ‘Kolos’ and explorations into jazz improvisation, swing and Gypsy Rumba. These styles form the heart of the set, which – for the majority – is joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery and spirited. Branko’s violin – described as ‘something that Paganini would be proud of’ [Lach Walter] soars at break-neck paces whilst Faith’s ‘nimble accordion accompaniment provides a beautiful bedrock’ [The Guardian]. Branko – a self-taught virtuosic Roma violinist with a painful personal history opens his heart in their slower compositions, revealing at times the sadness beneath the frantic virtuosic revelry. They source musicians from all over the world and are performing their 2016 ‘Gypsy Lover’ tour as a trio, quartet and five piece band with collaborating artists Matt Webb (Double Bass); Ramiro Nocelli (Guitar); Matteo Grassi (Electric Bass); David Mckenny (Percussion)

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Press

‘Musically a delight’ The Guardian

‘Moving & Virtuosic’ BBC Radio 3

‘This album is the greatest discovery of this year’ – Oxfam, 2016

‘This Balkan/Oxford Crossover is really rather fine’ – Ian Anderson, Editor, fRoots

‘Quite remarkable musicians’  – Stephen Fry, BBC World Service

‘Great musicians with a fascinating stage presence’  – Alex James, Blur

‘Combine a leading virtuoso Roma Violinist from Serbia with a highly accomplished English Accordionist with a great voice and what do you get?’   – Nicolas Hooper [Composer, Harry Potter/ Disney African Cats]

‘Two special people have created an album that is real and full of musical surprises’  – Emir Kusturica, Director/ No Smoking Orchestra

 

Available for concerts, events and weddings. Contact David at Fougou Media for more details