Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra, Spain
Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra (BGKO) is an international ensemble of musicians based in Barcelona which is awakening the interest of audiences all over Europe through their genuine reinterpretations of traditional music from the Balkans, the Middle East and the Mediterranean shores. A music that goes straight to your heart without tricks.
Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra (BGKO) is the evolution of the Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra, which in three years turned into a referall of the roots music made in Barcelona achieving a notorious international exposure.
The unique and contemporary sound of the BGKO comes from their passionate and relentless exploration of sounds and timbres from the romani, klezmer, balkan and Mediterranean music. All understood as a set of musical traditions and multi ethnic cultures which go beyond any geographical boundary, nurtured by the imprints of the different peoples who inhabited these lands: Ashkenazim and Sephardi Jews, Gypsies, ottomans, etc.
The group itself blend the different artistic influences of its members, enriched and shaped by Barcelona’s vibrant musical scene: from Latin American to traditional Catalan, Greek, Italian, Russian and Middle Eastern songs to the vital vibes of jazz manouche and rockabilly.
BGKO are Sandra Sangiao (voice, Catalonia), Mattia Schirosa (accordion, Italy), Julien Chanal (guitar, France), Ivan Kovačević (double bass, Serbia), Stelios Togias (percussion, Greece), Joaquin Gil (clarinet, Spain) and Olexander Sora (violin, Ukraine).
Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra has successfully performed live in Front of international audiences:
Hiroshima Mon Amour, Torino (Italy)
Palau de le Música, Barcelona (Spain)
l’Auditori de Barcelona (Spain)
Sala Apolo, Barcelona (Spain)
Altes Brauhaus Breznik, Breigburg (Austria)
GamsbART, Graz (Austria)
Wiener Metropol, (Austria)
Turnhalle, Bern (Switzerland)
Festes del Tura, Olot (Spain)
Piccolo Teatro Grassi, Milano (Italy)
Porgy & Bess, Viena (Austria)
Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan (Italy)
Teatro Miela, Trieste (Italy)
Auditori Nacional de Andorra
La Belleviloise, París (France)
Turnhalle, Berna (Switzerland)
Klub Močvara, Zagreb (Serbia)
Klarnet Festival, Istambul (Turkey)
International Gipsy Festival, Tilburg (Holland)
Mediterranean Folk Music Festival (Malta)
Festival Tres Culturas, Frigiliana (Spain)
Jazz & Food Festival, Barcelona (Spain)
International Music Festival Imago (Slovenia)
Jazztage, Dresden (Germany)
Nordland Theater, Mo i Rana (Norway)
Fira Mediterrania de Manresa (Catalonia)
Internationales de la Guitare, Montpellier (France)
Since it’s creation BGKO gathers a faithful and ever growing fan base in the social media, with more than 3.000.000 plays of their videos on YouTube.
On September 2016 BGKO releases their third album “Del Ebro al Danubio”, with new reinterpretations of Mediterranean and Balkan sounds, hitting the first positions on the Transglobal World Music Chart, the prestigious list of the best world music releases.