A Romani musical journey

IF you enjoy the passionate, plangent music of the Balkans, you will be blown away by the virtuosity of Serbian Roma violinist Branko Ristic and accordionist Faith Ristic, who come to Dorset for their debut rural tour with Artsreach from 16th to 19th November.

Faith i Branko composed and played the music from Bristol Old Vic’s 2016 Christmas drama, The Snow Queen, and have spent the summer wowing crowds at some of the biggest festivals, including Camp Bestival.

Their performance combines tabor pipe, double bass and guitar with the accordion and violin, as they take audiences on a journey from melancholy Roma violin laments to storming ‘kolos’ and explorations into jazz improvisation, swing, Gypsy Rumba and Turkish and Indian influenced songs.

Faith i Branko guarantee an authentic experience of Roma music straight from the Serbian village of Gornja Grabovica. After the show, the musicians will be available to talk about Romani culture and music.

Book for the Artsreach tour: Buckland Newton Village Hall, 01300 345455 (Thursday 16th November); Langton Matravers Village Hall,  01929 423834 (17th); Chetnole Village Hall, 01935 873555 (18th); Ashmore Village Hall, 01747 811364 (19th). All performances start at 7.30pm; www.artsreach.co.uk