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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An acclaimed vocalist and six-time Grammy nominee, Nnenna Freelon was called by The New York Times "a jazz singer with unstinting vivacity." She has released a dozen successful solo discs, appeared at major jazz festivals including Tanglewood, Monterey and Montreaux, and recorded and toured with the biggest names in the business, including Ramsey Lewis, Jessye Norman, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles and many more. And that's in addition to performing on the most prestigious stages in the world, among them Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and The Kennedy Center. 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.