Banda Magda: World-Music Pop From New York Ensemble
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D.C.'s own acclaimed avant-garde performance company force/collision creates a dynamic blend of live action and video projection inspired by British gay rights activist and experimental filmmaker Derek Jarman. Written by Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich and starring John Moletress, this new production explores Jarman's out-of-the-box life and work through the eyes of a young queer artist, and premieres on the 20th anniversary of Jarman's death from AIDS-related causes. A true visionary, Jarman was famed for his non-narrative films, including Tilda Swinton's film debut Caravaggio, along with The Last of England, The Tempest and Blue, as well as his music videos for artists like The Sex Pistols, The Smiths and Pet Shop Boys. This production is set to tour parts of the U.S. and the UK following this run. 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.