Balamuc is super excited to announce that the band and its music is featured in the talented filmmaker, Andrea Luka Zimmerman's new film, Wayfairing Stranger as part of The Wapping Project. The film is already an official selection of International Film Festival Rotterdam, the world premiere is set 27-30 January, watch this space! See below the trailer and more details:
Tarkabarka is officially in the top 40 of the Transglobal Music Chart!
4 STAR REVIEW ****IVAN ROD MUSIC BLOG, DENMARK:
“Balamuc is an international orchestra that plays the music of the nomadic gypsies – a traditional form of music in many ways, based on the tonal language that originates from the folk songs and dances of the gypsies in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania... And together the seven musicians create a terrific, believable and enthralling form of music. Tarkabarka is thus a complete album…Agnes Branner and Balamuc make a completely solid, technical surplus-oriented and artistically persistent effort for the genre.”
LE CANARD FOLK, BELGIUM
“One knows London has a very high level of cultural diversity. Balamuc did not have any difficulties finding good musicians to interpret songs and dances from Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and others… with a gypsy flavour avoiding cliches… Balamuc, led by Agnes Branner, affirms such a cultural identity.”
“....With their self-published CD "Tarkabarka", the East London-based multinationals from BALAMUC quite rightly rely on their good taste and avoid any cliché. ... "
"....Balamuc tries to breathe new life into Romani music and as far as I'm concerned they more than succeed. The musical traditions are not only honored, with this album you can also have a party, because no one can sit still. Nice album!...”
“Seven-strong Balamuc, one of London’s leading Eastern European bands, release Tarkabarka (Independent label, no catalogue number), a lovely bunch of Romani songs, dialects and dances as well as choice film material from the Balkans. The album title translates as ‘colourful’, and leader and violinist Agnes Branner sings in an ancient Romani dialect known as ‘beas’ (boyash), which is inspired by the celebration of life and love, often played at weddings and parties. The musicians come from Hungary, Turkey, France, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom – colourful it certainly is! FolkWales verdict: Thumbs up!”
Some lovely reviews of our first album, Yedi Kedi:
Leonid Auskern in JazzQuad in Russia:
"Balamuc... unique in many ways, thanks to the original new arrangements, the brilliant timbre of the sound and the energy that shines through in every note of their music... Motley like a geographical map of Eastern Europe, bright like the traditional outfits of the local girls and invariably positive, like the nature of the eternal gypsy wanderers - this is the Yedi Kedi album, which is difficult for a true lover of ethnic music to pass by."
Marija Vitas in Serbia from World Music Association:
"....Through eight songs, the young band Balamuc (founded in 2018) takes us on an impressive journey through the traditions of Ukraine, Macedonia, Romania (with an emphasis on Transylvania), Albania, and through the inevitable Roma heritage."
"...Hailing from Eastern Europe and elsewhere, the members of Balamuc joined forces in London where they have produced this musical tour of the Balkans and surrounding areas. Starting off with a Ukrainian wedding dance, they move through Macedonia, Albania, Hungary and Romania, taking in Transylvania along the way. Throughout the album there is a strong Gypsy aesthetic signposted with a version of the Romani anthem, ‘Gelem Gelem’. ....guaranteed to get the dance floor whirling. "
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Behind the Music
Balamuc are a unique collective of experienced musicians, with 7 members from countries in Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific.
Their music originates from Eastern Europe but stretches way beyond the usual confines of their genre. They aren’t afraid to step into new territory
(from Romania to Hungary via Transylvania!).
Although renowned for their fierce violin and heartfelt melodies,
Balamuc are best known as their life affirming, uplifting party
spirit and boundless energy. The 7-piece band features Agnes Branner on violin and vocals, Marie Faucher on clarinet, Alison Gleasure on cello, Jon Clayton on double bass, Luke Tremlett on guitar, Semra Bulut on darbuka and Seppi on drums.
Balamuc has established itself as
one of the leading Gypsy folk bands on the live scene today.
With the name translating to "House of insane’ don’t expect to stay
in your seat!