Faith i Branko

FRI Lighthouse 6:45 – 7:45pm
SAT Stage 1 10:00 – 11:30am Meet The Guests
SAT Stage 3 6:15 – 7:15pm
SUN Stage 3 10:00 – 11:30am Women Out Loud – Faith Ristic
SUN St John’s Church 2:45 – 3:45pm

Faith and Branko Ristic form the core of their high-energy live performance, combining the accordion, violin, effects pedal and tabor pipe to take the audience on a journey from melancholy Roma violin laments to storming ‘kolos’ and explorations into jazz improvisation, swing, Gypsy Rumba and Turkish and Indian influenced violin solos. These styles form a set, which is joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery and spirited. Branko’s violin – described as …“something that Paganini would be proud of” BBC Radio 3

“….soars at break-neck paces whilst Faith’s nimble accordion accompaniment provides a beautiful bedrock” The Guardian.

Branko – a self-taught virtuosic Roma violinist with a painful personal history – opens his heart in their slower compositions, revealing at times the sadness and darkness beneath the frantic virtuosic revelry. They source musicians from all over the world and currently perform as a quartet with collaborating Roma and non-Roma artists Matteo Grassi (electric bass) and Ramiro Nocelli (guitar).