Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.
About Banda Magda
Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents. 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, 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 is releasing its 3rd opus, the vibrant, Technicolor “Tigre” on September 15, 2017 on groundUP / Verve Label Group.
Banda Magda’s sophomore album “Yerakina” appeared at #2 on the iTunes World Charts. It was co-produced by three-time Grammy Award Nominee Fab Dupont and recent Grammy Award Winner Michael League.
Banda Magda’s Amour, t’es là? was featured on NPR and PRI’s GLOBAL HIT.
On August 8th, 2013 it appeared at #9 on the Billboard World Music Charts.
On August 30th, 2013 the official music video of the track “Ce Soir” was premiered at NPR’s All Songs Considered.
On December 17th, 2013 it made NPR’s TOP 10 World Music albums.
Reviews of Banda Magda
Musician Magda Giannikou emanates joy. Even with a heavy accordion strapped to her shoulders, she flits about the stage, leading Banda Magda with the dance of her accordion bellows and girlish singing voice. A stylish marriage of Audrey Hepburn’s sophistication and Carmen Miranda’s vivaciousness, Giannikou has the look of vintage stardom about her. Add in her impressive musical talent, humor, and heart of gold, and it’s clear you’re witnessing a star on the rise.
– Alexa Peters, SMARTISTS
A constant tourmate of jazz collective Snarky Puppy, bandleader Magda Giannikou sings with breathtaking energy, her every expression telling a story. She leads a full, vivacious group of singers and instrumentalists of every kind through a whirlwind of samba.
– Adriane Pontecorvo, popmatters.com