Date & Price
Friday, June 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Open Air Theatre
Free with Gardens Admission
Timed Admission Tickets or Timed Member Reservations Required
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets limited. Sell out likely.
Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson and from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Drawing on the band’s global background, the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics, and world chansons sung in six languages.
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Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer, and accordionist Magda Giannikou (Kronos Quartet), Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson and from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, United States), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics, and world chansons sung in six languages.
Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and five continents. This group of close musical friends turns Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series and Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Vol.1, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as WOMAD, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, L’Olympia, Jazz à Vienne, Canarias Jazz, Apollo Hammersmith, The Kennedy Center, Kathmandu Jazz Festival, and many more. After their debut album Amour, t’es là? and sophomore Yerakina, Banda Magda released its third opus, the vibrant, Technicolor Tigre in September 2017 on groundUP / Verve Label Group.
Founder of Banda Magda
Trained in film scoring, arranging, and music production at Berklee, Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou has collaborated with everyone from Kronos Quartet, when she was commissioned by and performed with the quartet at Lincoln Center 2013, to Snarky Puppy, when she participated in their Grammy Award-winning Family Dinner Vol.1.
Andres Rotmistrovsky can be heard on more than 70 albums and has worked with acclaimed artists including Joan Baez, Sertab Erener, Paquito D’Rivera, Eva Ayllon, Marta Gomez, and La Mala Rodriguez. He has toured the world several times and performed at the Latin Grammys, as well as such prestigious venues as The Blue Note Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and more. He has created quite a buzz with his melodic approach to bass, holding down the bottom while setting a slot which combines melody and harmony to create a vibrant, lyrical sound. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rotmistrovsky attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and is currently based in New York City.
Marcelo Woloski is one of today’s most active, innovative, and versatile world-music percussionists. His flawless skill, charismatic personality, and unique approach to percussion setup and orchestration have made him the to-go person for recording artists, producers, and arrangers around the globe. Woloski tours the world with approximately 200 shows per year and has participated in more than 50 albums. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Woloski graduated from Berklee College of Music and moved to New York City, where he has been based since 2008. He is a member of Banda Magda, Gregorio Uribe Big Band, the Sofía Ribeiro group, Nicolas Ospina group, Farah Siraj group, and Snarky Puppy. He is currently working on his debut album.
Banda Magda and Gregorio Uribe Big Band guitarist Ignacio Hernandez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied music at the Escuela de Musica Contemporanea and the Centro de Altos Estudios Musicales, and graduated as a musical producer from the Escuela de Música de Buenos Aires. Captivated by jazz, Ignacio began his search to find his own sound in contemporary music and decided to continue his musical studies at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he found his passion for the fusion of jazz and South American rhythms. With Banda Magda he has released two albums: Amour, T’es La? and Yerakina. He has also toured throughout the world and the United States, including with Grammy Award-winning bandmates Snarky Puppy.
Originally from Nagasaki, Japan, Keita Ogawa is one of the most versatile and sought-after percussionists and drummers in New York City. After starting his music career at the age of 15 and performing regularly in Tokyo for several years, Ogawa decided to study at Berklee College of Music. Seeking full immersion into the world of Brazilian percussion, he relocated to Rio de Janeiro for three months and studied with some of the country's most respected musicians. Since his arrival in the United States, Ogawa has worked with some of the biggest names in modern music, including Yo-Yo Ma, Assad Brothers, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Romero Lubambo, Benny Green, and more. Ogawa currently works on several projects including Banda Magda, Bokantè, Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra, Clarice Assad, and Snarky Puppy.