Serbian double bass player Ivan Kovacevic is one of the leading musicians of the Spanish blues, jazz and rock’n ‘roll scene. Based in Barcelona for the last 20 years, Kovacevic has played in renowned bands such as Los Mambo Jambo, Nu Niles, Down Home, Bernat Font Trio or Lazy Jumpers, among other collaborations with notable artists of the style in over 50 record albums.
With the experience gathered on stages all over the world, he now leads the largest rhythm ‘n’ blues band in Europe, the Barcelona Big Blues Band, as double bassist, director and arranger.
On top of his lifelong dedication to African-American music, his artistic restlessness and the need to return to his ancestral roots have led him to be one of the founding members of the Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra. The world-known emblematic band whose characteristic interpretation of traditional Balkan and Eastern European music has made them an international benchmark of contemporary world music. With thousands of followers all over the globe, the BGKO has performed in over 35 countries, selling out prestigious concert halls night after night.
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Es un violinista y violista de Background clásico que se ha formado en Barcelona, Holanda y Alemania desde bien pequeño se centra en el interés por la improvisación, y la creatividad.
En Barcelona, la ciudad que le acogió desde 2008 Colabora constantemente con distintos proyectos del entorno layetano, de música Jazz, etno y clásico, guardando un espacio especial para aupaQUARTET y la Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra BGKO, y actuando en el extrangero de forma sistemática en cientos de teatros, auditorios y festivales de más de una treintena de países.
Combina su pasión por la interpretación con la composición y la pedagogía y en ambas se encuentra en activo. Ha impartido masterclass en instituciones superiores y de Grado profesional por el territorio ibérico y en el extrangero compartiendo su gran pasión por la improvisación con las futuras generaciones de músicos.
Victor Paradis is a young and multifaceted French-Canadian guitarist who has performed with different bands at some of the main alternative music festivals in Spain. A newcomer to the jazz scene, in a short period of time he has become an essential personality of the Barcelona music scene. Classically trained and hardened for years on underground stages all over the peninsula, he now delves into the aesthetics of gypsy jazz and world music through Bratia, with a fusion of influences free of complexes.
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Born in Athens, Stelios Togias has performed more than five hundred concerts in over thirty countries with bands stemming from the Barcelona music scene, such as Aikar, Trio Feta, Fanfarria Ermenesinde, or the emblematic Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra (BGKO). Togias is a restless percussionist who has investigated and delved deeply into the rhythms found in Middle Eastern musical cultures, and plays percussive instruments of Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish origin.
Since 2012, he has been a regular member of the Gipsy Balkan Jams base quartet in Barcelona. As such, he is one of the musical personalities responsible for generating a cultural and artistic fabric in the Catalan capital, focused on spreading the appreciation for Balkan and Eastern European music to new audiences.