Faith i Branko (Serbia/UK)

7pm, Saturday 24th February 2018

Faith i Branko
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Leaflet (PDF - 2up) 

Serbia’s No. 1 Roma violinist and UK accordionist perform high-energy original Roma/Jazz influenced music with an international quartet.

Branko Ristic, described by BBC Radio 3 as a violinist ‘whom Paganini would be proud of’ has joined with Faith Ristic - a UK performer who’s ‘nimble accordion playing provides a beautiful bedrock’ (The Guardian).

From a foundation of ‘Serbian-Roma’ music, they have created a style that draws from both of their musical heritages and expresses their unique personal connection.

Recent highlights include The Royal Festival Hall, Kustendorf Film Festival & Edinburgh Festival; WOMEX award winning album ‘Gypsy Lover’ - produced by Emir Kusturica/ Nicholas Hooper is 11th in the European World Music Charts; radio play includes BBC Radio 3 Heritage Tracks.

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, Gypsy Rumba and Turkish and Indian influenced violin solos.

These styles form a set, which – for the majority – is joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery and spirited.

Visit their web site.

“Musically, it’s a delight” - The Guardian

“One of my favourite new Balkan ensembles” Emir Kusturica     

“Moving, breath-taking and virtuosic” - Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3

“Branko is set to become one of the leading Roma Violinists of the century”Froots, UK

“Totally Amazing” - Lily Allen

“Quite remarkable musicians” - Stephen Fry, BBC World Service

“Great musicians with a fascinating stage presence” - Alex James, Blur


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All the adjectives one could reach for have been applied to Faith I Branko in performance. All I can add is that experiencing them "do their thing" feels like you somehow managed to survive riding a wild pony. Though you almost died you just want to hop back on and do it all again . Get thee to the Church of Music people! - Humph Hall is World Class.
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