French Pop + Latin + Jazz

Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou (Kronos Quartet, Louis CK), Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.

Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with the Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, and Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Vol. 1 as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as WOMAD, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, L’Olympia, Jazz à Vienne, Canarias Jazz, Apollo Hammersmith, The Kennedy Center, Kathmandu Jazz Festival and many more.

After their brilliantly colorful debut album "Amour, t’es là?” (Top 10 Billboard World Music Charts, NPR’s All Songs Considered, First Listen, NPR’s 10 favorite World Music Albums 2013) they followed with “Yerakina” in 2014, co-produced by GRAMMY Award-winners Michael League (Snarky Puppy) and Fab Dupont (Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bebel Gilberto), which features Technicolor folk songs and pop chestnuts played with dynamic finesse.

Banda Magda is producing their 3rd opus, "Tigre" to be released in 2017.

Bouncy, upbeat, irrepressibly fun music – it is quintessentially New York and cosmopolitan to the extreme. - New York Music Daily

The sound is fresh and retro-hip cool, but not in any contrived way.  The musicians are top-knotch and the songs are well-composed. - Tom Schnabel, KCRW Rhythm Planet

An artist who fires on all artistic cylinders - NPR

Banda Magda makes music for a new generation. - The Oberlin Review

The music is as French as a summer kir royale on the Côte d’Azur or as bossa nova as a day at Copacabana. - PRI’s The World

The musicianship on the album is of the highest order. - World Music Report

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Show Dates & Times:

8/12/17 - Saturday

7:30 pm,

$20/ Advance, $25/Door. Handling fee applies to online and phone sales.

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