Brainstorming games, body percussion and rhythm singing are some of the techniques that Banda Magda employs in order to help create, internalize and perform music. The band's international background and deep knowledge of diverse music styles and languages, inspire students of any practice to cultivate a curiosity for what's beyond, leading to sense of belonging in the world as a whole.
About Banda Magda
LED BY GREEK-BORN COMPOSER, ORCHESTRATOR, SINGER & ACCORDIONIST MAGDA GIANNIKOU, BANDA MAGDA MOVES FROM SAMBA TO FRENCH CHANSON, FROM GREEK FOLK TUNES TO COLOMBIAN CUMBIA AND AFRO-PERUVIAN LANDO.
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.
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 will be touring its 3rd opus, the vibrant, Technicolor "Tigre" worldwide.