When the Balkan Media heard of their story in 2012, Faith I Branko quickly became well known across the Balkans and the International Balkan and Roma Diasporas and thus began their – to date – 5 year career in Balkan Television and Media: these include documentaries and guest appearances on stations such as RTS/ Pink/ Explosiv/ Exclusiv/ Prva Canal and MTV.
Faith and Branko Ristic form the core of their high-energy live performance, combining the accordion, violin, effects pedal and tabor pipe to take the audience on a journey from melancholy Roma violin laments to storming ‘Kolos’ and explorations into jazz improvisation, swing and Gypsy Rumba. These styles form the heart of the set, which – for the majority – is joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery and spirited. Branko’s violin – described as ‘something that Paganini would be proud of’ [Lach Walter] soars at break-neck paces whilst Faith’s ‘nimble accordion accompaniment provides a beautiful bedrock’ [The Guardian]. Faith i Branko are now the composers and producers of their debut album ‘Gypsy Lover’, recorded at Serbian film Director Emir Kusturica’s Studio, mentored by Nicholas Hooper (Composer/Harry Potter) and released with Riverboat Records/World Music Network.
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