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About the Balkanistas

A large, exuberant ensemble of musicians from Wellington and around the globe, the Balkanistas have stamped their large gypsy footprint firmly on the local music scene.  Their sound reflects the diverse influences and energetic melodies of the Balkans. 

Winners of the People's Choice award to play at WOMAD 2014, Balkanistas have delighted and enchanted audiences everywhere with infectious dance rhythms, and an irresistible blend of gypsy sounds. 

Formed in 2013, and comprising 20 plus members, the Balkanistas’  impressive lineup features accordions, violins, clarinets, brass, percussion, bass, vocals and bouzouki.

Balkanistas have featured at the Newtown and Aro Festivals, the Weta Digital Christmas extravaganza, have a regular monthly spot at the iconic Meow, as well as other venues throughout the city.  An encounter with the Balkanistas guarantees you a good time, as many of our loyal followers will attest!    

Contact us now for a slice of gypsy action at your event!

 

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Vocals

Irina Mosina

Sveta Andic 

Briar Prastiti

 

Trumpets

Emily Clemett

  

Saxophones

Amity Lee

Garam Jung

Bridgett Anne Kelly 

 

 

Vocal coach

Mima Nikolic



 

Violins

Ana Christie

Ruth Prentice

 

Accordions

Daniela Mogin

Sharon Greally 

Misa Mojic

 

  

Photography

Kiril Lukyanovich

 

 

 

Trombones

Aiko Sato

Dale Hounsome-Vail

 

 

Bass / Bazouki

George Packard  

 

  

Soundman

Kevin Wooley

 

 

 

 

Sousaphone

Gerard Crewdson

 

Drums & Percussion

Andreas Lepper

Dejan Jeremic

Thomas Friggens

 

Clarinets

Urs Signer

Greg Rogan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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