I have kind of followed the progress of the Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra a little bit over the years and was shocked to hear they were no more.
Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra (BGKO) was a project founded by clarinetist Robindro Nikolic and accordionist Mattia Schirosa. The project existed from year 2012 – 2015 creating great success while performing in Barcelona and most European countries. The last concert of BGKO was performed at Vienna KLEZMORE festival on the 8th of November 2015.
Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra were
Sandra Sangiao (Vocals – Catalunya)
Robindro Nikolic (Clarinet – Serbia/India)
Mattia Schirosa (Accordeon – Italy)
Julien Chanal (Guitar – France)
Ivan Kovacevic (Double Bass – Serbia)
Stelios Togias (Percussion – Greece)
Vroni Schnattinger (Violin – Germany)
They made such beautiful and vibrant music. A combination to my mind of Gipsy Klezmer sound and Gipsy Swing ala Django Reinhardt.
So while they are still in our minds I have to feature some of their greatest tracks.
Next up a really happy piece of Gipsy joy. You may not understand a word, like me, but I’m sure you will enjoy it.
Cigani Ljubiat Pesnji
‘Cigani Ljubiat Pesnji’ es una canción tradicional rusa y gitana interpretada por la BGKO.
What you say? You’re heading says Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra, and so it does. Well that’s the great news Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra is now Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra. So do we want to hear the new version?
Of course we do.
What I love about their music is that it is influenced by so many different sounds from the different areas of Europe and Asia. Also many different genres of music and multiple and diverse instrumentation. It’s a joy to listen to it.
Videoclip made by:
Bruno Amaral Pereira
El Otto – Espacio de creación de circo y teatro (Barcelona)
Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra is:
Mattia Schirosa (accordion, Italy)
Sandra Sangiao (voice, Spain)
Ivan Kovacevic (double bass, Serbia)
Stelios Togias (percussion, Greece)
Julien Chanal (guitar, France)
Joaquín Sánchez Gil (clarinet, Spain)
Oleksandr Sora (violin, Ukraine)
And here’s our final track for the day. A rousing happy tune performed live at the railway station in Vilnius. Long may they rock out.
Od Ebra do Dunava