Banda Magda: World-Music Pop From New York Ensemble
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The last date listed for Banda Magda was Sunday July 28, 2013 / 10:00pm.
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Dubbed "an enchantingly beautiful dancer" by The New York Times, soloist and choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy brings her work Sannidhi (Sacred Space) to Atlas, accompanied by live music. This lyrical piece celebrates both the divine and the natural worlds, blending the spiritual and secular and bringing the past and present together through this beautiful, traditional type of dance. Ramaswamy is an acclaimed specialist in the classical Indian form of Bharata Natyam, and is set to be accompanied by vocalist Lalit Subramaniam, percussionist Rajna Swaminathan and violinist Anjna Swaminathan. Learn More
Banda Magda boasts an intricate, tropical and eclectic sound, drawing from world chansons infused in South American grooves with a twist of jazz.
Exoticism, lyricism, impeccable feet-stomping groove, subtlety and depth of emotion. Inspired by music legends such as Serge Gainsbourg, Tom Jobim, The Beatles, and Pink Martini, “Magda” and the “Banda” create a unique aural experience at the crossroads of their diverse musical backgrounds, from France and Greece to Japan and Argentina.
On stage, Banda Magda has the image of an intense compilation of vibraphone, guitar, bass, vocals, accordion, piano and a cataclysmic overload of percussion surrounding the charismatic Magda Giannikou, founder, leader and singer of this hip, mod and ultimately fantastic group.
Chef d’orcheste, singer, composer, producer, arranger, pianist and accordionist Magda Giannikou comes from Athens, Greece, lives in New York, and writes songs in French, with South American musical influences (!!!). And one could easily be skeptical about how one could seamlessly blend all those elements until they hear the result on stage.
Formed in New York in 2010, Banda Magda appear regularly in venues all over New York City, blending French repertoire, original music and songs from all over the world, arranged in the Banda Magda way and sung in English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek and Japanese.