Led by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda's songs (sung in 5 different languages) hearken back to the golden age of Brazilian bossa, the best of cinematic arranging, and the lush chic of vintage French pop, all while drawing on the band’s global background. Trained in film scoring at Berklee, Giannikou’s film music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from Kronos Quartet to Louis CK (with whom she sang a duet she wrote for season 3 of Louie).
Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by a unflagging energy. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, The Kennedy Center, The Jefferson Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, Jazz al Parque, St. Moritz Festival Da Jazz, and the Chicago World Music Festival.
On Dec 10, the 14-piece ensemble returns to Joe’s Pub to perform Magda's string arrangements from their album "Tigre" as well as mid-century classics and traditional music from Mexico, Greece, Brazil, Italy, France, Colombia and Argentina.
Magda Giannikou: accordion and voice
Ignacio Hernandez: guitar
Haggai Cohen Milo: upright bass
Marcelo Woloski: percussion
James Shipp: percussion
Maria Im: violin
Curtis Stewart: violin
Brooke Quiggins Saulnier: violin
Gokce Erem: violin
Lev Ljova Zhurbin: viola
Irena Momchilova: viola
Maria Jeffers: cello
Sam Quiggins: cello