Faith i Branko

Live Act Gipsy Swing Gypsy Jazz Jazz Balkanbeats Worldmusic
Faith i Branko - Gipsy Swing Gypsy Jazz Jazz Balkanbeats Worldmusic Live Act in Oxford

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'a married duo whose fusion style is almost as colourful as their history… Musically, it’s a delight’
The Guardian ****
'Faith i Branko' recently returned from working with Emir Kusturica in Serbia, released their Album ‘Gypsy Lover’ with the World Music Network/Riverboat Records Label in March 2016, and are currently touring the record throughout Europe. More details can be seen on the World Music Network site: http://www.worldmusic.net/store/item/TUG1092?currency=GBP.

Faith i Branko are a passionate, virtuoso UK/Serbian-Roma duo. They released their highly anticipated debut album ‘Gypsy Lover’ on March 25th 2016 - a set of original compositions recorded with top Serbian Roma and UK artists which chronicles their shared struggles since 2009. Branko Ristic, one of the world’s foremost Gypsy Jazz Violinists, has joined with Faith Ristic, a highly charismatic and virtuosic UK Accordionist, to create a style that draws from and redefines each of their musical heritages. Recent performances include Guca Festival; Vienna Roma Fest; Sydney International Festival; Enlighten Canberra; Tasmania; Oxford Two Make; Stephen Fry BBC World Service; Hootananny; Greennote; El Rincon; BBC 3 Live Sessions; Sanctum at Bristol and many Balkan TV appearances. ‘Love knows no bounds’: a phrase as old as time and never truer than in the love story of this romance’s two protagonists, Faith and Branko. Their album 'Gypsy Lover' has already been voted among the top 10 World Music Albums by radio stations including Mundofonias and Spin the Record.

The duo forms the core of their high energy live act: they combine accordion, whistles, vocals, acoustic violin, electric violin, keyboard and effects pedals to take the audience on a journey from melancholy Roma violin laments to playful Reggae songs and frantic Kolo/Irish dances. Gypsy Jazz, Balkan, Classical, Swing and Improvisation form the core of their entirely original set - which they perform both as a duo and in collaboration. They source musicians from all over the world to play as a trio, quartet and as a highly energetic Romani/UK Orchestra: their current line-up includes double bassist Matt Webb and guitarist Ramiro Nocelli.

'really rather fine' Ian Anderson, fRoots

'Quite remarkable musicians' BBC World Service

'Great musicians with a fascinating stage presence' Alex James, Blur

'Combine a leading virtuoso Roma Violinist from Serbia with a highly accomplished English Accordionist with a great voice and what do you get?' Nicolas Hooper [Harry Potter/ Disney African Cats]'

'Two special people have created an album that is real and full of musical surprises' Emir Kusturica, Director/No Smoking Orchestra

'a married duo whose fusion style is almost as colourful as their history… Musically, it’s a delight’
The Guardian ****
'Faith i Branko' recently returned from working with Emir Kusturica in Serbia, released their Album ‘Gypsy Lover’ with the World Music Network/Riverboat Records Label in March 2016, and are currently touring the record throughout Europe. More details can be seen on the World Music Network site: http://www.worldmusic.net/store/item/TUG1092?currency=GBP.

Faith i Branko are a passionate, virtuoso UK/Serbian-Roma duo. They released their highly anticipated debut album ‘Gypsy Lover’ on March 25th 2016 - a set of o...

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Discography Faith i Branko

  • 2016 Gypsy Lover Album | World Music Network/Riverboat Label

Media

  • Video Faith i Branko. 'Gypsy Love...
  • Sound Faith i Branko: Bumbar (tak...

Origin

  • Oxford GB

Founded

  • 2009

Members

  • Faith Ristic Accordion/Vocals/Whistle
  • Branko Ristic Violin/Effects
  • Matt Webb Double Bass
  • Ramiro Nocelli Guitar