|Friday 04 November 2016 @ 09:00pm : -
A Bath-based jazz quintet, fusing Levantine mystery, dark Balkan passion and Latin rhythms in exciting original compositions.
Nina Trott - Violin
Since the project was launched, this Bath-based instrumental quintet have played at Marlborough International Jazz Festival, Bath Fringe Festival, Bristol Harbourside Festival, Bude Jazz Festival, Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Ashburton Live and scores of small venues in the south of England. They have also worked on the Arts Council funded rural touring circuit and released their first album "The Balkan Courtesan" in early 2012 on the Get Real Records label in 2012. Recorded at Riverside Studios in Bath and mastered at The Powerhouse in London, it is available as download from radiobanska.bandcamp.com . Bristol session men Justin Fellows and Sol Ahmed have recently joined Radio Banska, expanding the band's jazz/world vision still further.
"...Radio Banska rip up the file named 'genre' and throw the resultant musical confetti in the air for all to dance around in!..."
"I spend hours listening to world music of all kinds, every continent, every genre, and very rarely does an album make me sit up the way this one did” ~ BBC Southwest
"For all the rootsiness of the tunes, they’re modern and tightly arranged, straddling the roots/jazz divide without overstretching either way" ~ Venue Magazine
"A deIight of fusion jazz and a hidden gem at the festival. Catch them where you can!" ~ Ian Roberts, Teignmouth Jazz Festival 2014
" … the rapport between the musicians is captivating …traditional and original material with jazz, Balkan and latin influences. An intelligent, dynamic, adventurous and exciting musical journey – I can't wait to hear them again ! " ~ Marick Baxter, director - Bath Folk Festival