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Faith i Branko at the Community Greenhouses
July 30 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm£8 – £17
We are DELIGHTED that Faith i Branko are playing an outdoor gig at the Community Greenhouses.
Comprised of leading Serbian Roma Violinist Branko Ristic – ‘a performer that Paganini would be proud of‘ [BBC Radio 3] – and English ‘passionate nimble-fingered accordionist‘ [ABC Sydney] Faith Ristic, the pair perform virtuosic original Roma-influenced music. Built from a foundation of Serbian – Roma music, their original compositions draw from both of their musical heritages to communicate their personal connection: ‘their music is as colourful, personal and tumultuous as their history’ [fRoots Magazine, UK]
Have a little pre-listen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xXYCllLDvc
The duo met in 2009 in Branko’s Romani Village Gornja Grabovica in Serbia, and – with no other means of communication – they began creating music together. Branko taught himself the violin, which became a way to express and escape the health and social issues that he experienced throughout his formative years – he created music as a way to connect with something ‘beyond this world’ – intuitively combining sounds of Jazz, Indian, Turkish and Classical music with his Roma traditions. Faith travelled to Serbia to learn styles of Romani Accordion, and source musicians for work in the UK.
Since 2009, they have completed 3 tours of Australia and New Zealand – including Port Fairy Festival, The National Folk Festival, Cygnet Festival and Illawarra Festival. Their debut album reached the Top 10 World Music Charts, and featured with John McLaughlin on ‘The Rough Guide to World Jazz’, and ‘The Rough Guide to Eastern European Music’. Their next album shall be released in October with World Music Records, with assistance from Emir Kusturica and members of The No Smoking Orchestra.
They are now Romani Ambassadors in Serbia, and Branko is Ambassador for ‘Serbia’s Best Violinist’ Festival – Sabor Violinist. They have played at venues including The Royal Festival Hall, The Southbank Centre and Glastonbury. Radio Play includes BBC Radio 3 Live Sessions, World Service with Stephen Fry, BBC Radio 6 and ABC Sydney.
They shall be opening Belgrade Documentary Festival in September with their Award Winning Documentary ‘Faith and Branko‘ by Dir. Catherine Harte. The documentary won the Jury Award at Los Angeles Film Festival, and prestigious awards at Sheffield Doc Fest, Canada Doc Fest, Krakow Doc and InEdit Barcelona among others.
Musically a delight..these virtuosic performers are a major discovery this year’ The Guardian, UK
‘Moving, breathtaking and virtuosic‘ Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3, London
‘Beyond talented..’ ABC Radio, Sydney
‘Totally Amazing‘Lily Allen
‘One of my favourite new Balkan ensembles‘ Emir Kusturica Practicalities
Gates open 6.30pm. Faith i Branko will play 2 sets: – 7.30 to 8.15 and 9 to 9.45. You can wander the gardens, eat, drink and be merry in the interludes.
Delicious hot food will be available from 6.30pm (vegetarian/vegan option available). Buy your food ticket in advance below. Please make a note if you require a vegetarian/vegan option when you book your ticket.
There will also be a paying bar at this event. Come! Rain or shine ……(if Rain – we can take shelter in the very well ventilated Greenhouse and under marquees) Book your tickets below. Children under 12 go free. BPCG is in the middle of Brockwell park, between the tennis courts and the walled gardens. Follow the signs. If you are driving to the gig, we recommend parking your car on Dulwich Road or near Dulwich Road as exit from the Park after dark is via the Lido Gates on Dulwich Road.