Balkan Stories: Sounds from Op Sa! Balkan Band
PEAKS: Balkan Stories were lucky enough to play host to this fiery travelling party that goes by the name of Op Sa! They are big, bold and brass-heavy. We were mesmerised, the crowd compelled to dance and unable to drag themselves away from turned into a lively gypsy party.
On Tuesday night then, we bore witness to how the band bring their own passionate brand of Balkan music, influenced by the roots of the Serbian Kolo and the Turkish čoček, their repertoire proved to be an addictive blend of wild beats, gypsy flair and modern sound...
So, listeners, below you can look forward to hearing music from Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and the Romani culture with a growing number of original compositions and arrangements incorporating jazz and rock influences. The band’s sets are orchestrally varied and dynamic, and ooze passion for what they do. Teaming a traditional brass trumpet section with clarinets, saxophone, electric guitars, darabouka and a drum kit, they give a contemporary twist to deep-rooted cultural influences and create an unmistakeably rich sound.
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Op Sa! have supported top bands such as Serbian Romani band KAL and the Turbans. They have also worked alongside producers Gypsy Hill and performed at prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as being the featured headliner at the Lancaster Music Festival 2015.