Magda is perfect for cocktail hour or dinner music. Her
repertoire is extensive, heavily laced with jazz influences as
well as world music. She appears with a 4 - 8 piece ensemble.
Founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves
from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando.
Their songs capture the best of mid-century pop ballads and cinematic arranging, drawing on the
band’s global background and unchained musicality. Trained in film scoring at Berklee, Giannikou’s
film music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from Kronos Quartet to
Louis CK (she sang a duet with CK for the comedian’s TV show).
Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by a unflagging energy. 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, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, The Kennedy Center, The Jefferson Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, Jazz al Parque, St. Moritz Festival Da Jazz, and the Chicago World Music Festival.
After the success of their brilliantly colorful debut album, Amour, t’es là? (Top 10 Billboard World Music Charts, NPR’s All Songs Considered, First Listen, NPR’s 10 favorite World Music Albums 2013), the Banda is back with Yerakina (on Ropeadope/groundUP; release: September 2014). The album, co-produced by GRAMMY Award-winners Michael League (Snarky Puppy) and Fab Dupont (Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bebel Gilberto), shows the next step in the Banda’s devotion to their craft and their sound, featuring Technicolor folk songs and pop chestnuts played with dynamic finesse.