Radio Banska

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Bio: A jazz infused blend of dark Balkan passion and Levantine mystery expressed in genre-defying original compositions.
Since the project was launched, this Bath-based instrumental quintet have played at Marlborough International Jazz Festival, Bath Fringe Festival, Bristol Harbourside Festival, Bude... See Full Bio

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“Who knew John Zorn was composing 13-time Balkan/Arabic tunes? Balkan-jazz quintet Radio Banska, evidently, and there’s a cracking arrangement of Zorn’s ‘Ravayah’ on this album. For all the rootsiness of the tunes, they’re all modern, with guitarist Dave Spencer contributing half and violinist Nina Trott’s briskly Manouche ‘Emo Latino’ a lively little number. Tosh Wijetunge’s bass and Mark Whitlam’s drums cast a convincing reggae spell over Richard Galliano’s ‘Chat Pitre’, moodily rendered as a loose ballad, and guitarist Tony Barby flavours Spencer’s ‘We’re Not in Kansas Now’ with a Moorish flamenco underpinning. It’s all tightly arranged, straddling the roots/jazz divide without overstretching either way, and nicely captures the band’s distinctive sound.”
—  Tony Benjamin, Venue magazine
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    The Balkan Courtesan Released on Jan 1, 2012


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  • Jasir (Artist) Jasir
    Yours is a rare and beautiful fusion of musical styles. It stirs up passionate memories, while also prompting me to rise and dance. Thank you so much for introducing us to y...
  • WoJo (Artist) WoJo
    Beautiful and passionate music! Keep up the amazing work! -WoJo <3
  • my name is mark (Artist) my name is mark
    Wonderful, inspiring music.
  • Fusion Beat (Artist) Fusion Beat
    You have a very unique style. Love the violin! La Mezquita is beautiful!
  • Peg O'Neill (Artist) Peg O'Neill
    Your band is really fabulous. I Loved " What a Frozen waste". The guitar sings and the your music is so well written! IMAFAN! Thanks so much for fanning me!
    Wow! Your music is so damn interesting. I love all the references to to a Middle Eastern and Latin sound. Your violin is superb (I'm partial...play violin myself LOL). Y...
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