Banda Magda with Roanoke City Public Schools Strings & Roanoke City Public Schools Jazz Ensemble
Students of the Music Lab and area high schools will have the opportunity to work and perform with Magda Giannikou of Banda Magda in a multi-day songwriting workshop prior to her performances in the Jazz Club and Family Series.
12 & Under - $5
Silver - $20
Gold - $24
(Plus a $3 service fee)
and Dylan Locke Productions
“Magda Giannikou leads her international band Banda Magda with a sense of joy and orchestration that produces a unique language and cross-cultural experience to the listener. At least 5 different countries are represented and it all comes out with a fresh voice. Magda is charming to say the least as she leads her group. Her joy is infectious and the band demonstrates the superb level of musical mastery and enthusiasm of what this unique cast of characters brings to the table!” -Jamey Haddad, percussionist
Founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Their songs capture the best of mid-century pop ballads and cinematic arranging, drawing on the band’s global background and unchained musicality. Trained in film scoring at Berklee, Giannikou’s film music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from Kronos Quartet to (she sang a duet with CK for the comedian’s TV show).
Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by a unflagging energy. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, The Kennedy Center, The Jefferson Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, Jazz al Parque, St. Moritz Festival Da Jazz, and the Chicago World Music Festival.
After the success of their brilliantly colorful albums, "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), and "Yerakina" (co-produced by GRAMMY Award-winners Michael League and Fab Dupont), the Banda is in pre-production of their 3rd opus, the vibrant, Technicolor "Tigre" to be released in 2016.
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