Updated Sep 2005

SZAPORA

A remarkable collaboration between two Bosnian sisters, five British musicians, a Polish Roma accordionist and a Sarajevan singer/guitarist.

"…energetic and heart wrenching music, turbo driven by two accordianists…" The Guardian

"…Every note oozing authenticity…" The Times

"…known as one of the best European bands playing music from the Balkan peninsula…" Songlines

This roots band transport their audiences to Eastern Europe with their fiery mixture of Hungarian csardas, Russian & Ukrainian folk songs, doinas from Romania and Bulgaria & Moldavian horas, played on a variety of instruments including violin, mandolin, mandocello, Portuguese guitar and accordion.

These combined with the voices of Mirella & Tea Hodzic create evocative images of Budapest cafes and gypsy campfires. Full of passion and energy, with rhythms as intoxicating as alcohol!

Renowned for brilliant and mesmerising performces from all over middle and eastern Europe, their live shows are a dazzling kaleidoscope of sounds.

They appeared alongside Traif de Haidouks, Goran Bregovic and other international names in the Barbican's 1000 year journey International Gypsy festival and the critically acclaimed series of concerts at Theatre du Bourg Neuf –Avignon,