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Balkan Journey

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Balkan Journey

Balkan Journey is a London-based quintet who play acoustic music from the Balkans and beyond with the flair and passion of generations past. Led by violin virtuoso Gundula Gruen, the band can perform as a 2 to 5 piece line up.

Balkan Journey provide sophisticated music and entertainment, bringing an exotic
ambiance to a variety of settings. They are equally adept at enchanting dinner guests
with haunting melodious pieces, or enticing their audience onto the dance floor with
swirling, rhythmical tunes for high-energy dances.

Their repertoire contains a mixture of well-known Balkan dance pieces, Hungarian coffee-house favourites, alongside some lesser known musical treasures
from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. At the heart of Balkan Journey's performance is
the traditional Gypsy spirit of entertaining people and creating a cheerful atmosphere.

Balkan Journey's activities are suitable for both indoor and outdoor events.
On request Balkan Journey can add up to three Gypsy dancers in colourful traditional
dresses or a Middle-Eastern Belly dancer to their performance.

Gundula : violin, vocals
Martino : alto sax
Jeremy : guitar
Vikto : double bass
Tom : darbuka, percussion

Act Information

Line-up

Gundula : violin, vocals
Martino : alto sax
Jeremy : guitar
Vikto : double bass
Tom : darbuka, percussion

Extra Line-up(s)

On request Balkan Journey can add up to three Gypsy dancers in colourful traditional
dresses or a Middle-Eastern Belly dancer to their performance.

Also included

Portable PA system with 2 aer speakers 50 watt and Yamaha 6 chanel mixer.

Location

South East based and will travel to these areas: South East, South West, Midlands, Wales.

Previous Clients

South Bank Centre
Royal Albert Hall
Union Chapel
Corsham and Rhythms of the World festival
Le Quecumbar

Testimonials

“The band performed at my 40th birthday and everybody was blown away. Balkan Journey are a class act who know how to get the party started! They have a broad repertoire ranging from upbeat Gypsy beats to slower and wistful melodies, so there really is something for every mood. I recommend them for anybody looking for something a little different for a special occasion.”
R. Ross

Dear Gundula - A short note to say how much I enjoyed the concert today in St George's, Bristol. From where I and my partner were sitting it was quite spectacular as well as musically exhilarating. I appreciate that you & your colleagues will go on to other events and venues but be assured that your memory burns brightly here in this part of Bristol. 

With thanks and best wishes to all,
 Ciarán Phillips

Wedding 27th August 2011, Clare and Steve Hamilton:

We hired Balkan Journey to provide the entertainment for our wedding last June. From the very first conversation, Gundula was so friendly and professional, and really worked with us to make the music a special part of the day. On the day of our reception, the band were consummate professionals. They showed up early and worked with the sound crew to make sure everything was just right. Their music was fantastic, and everyone had danced themselves silly by the end of the evening. But what really made them special was they made the extra effort to genuinely interact with our guests, even during breaks in the sets. Even now, we have friends who talk about Gundula, Tom or Jeremy when we reminisce about that evening. Balkan Journey really made our wedding reception special!

Highlights

Reviving Gypsy flavour for a modern day audience.
Uplifting and charismatic members.
Play upbeat Balkan beats to wistful romantic melodies.

Repertoire

Repertoire

Ajde Jano
Amarisi Amari
Bubamara
Caj Sukarije
Cardas Medley Halljatok (Romany Cardas)
Djunjuritsa
Dui Dui-Mili Semo
Dve Gitare
Ederlezi
Fuli Tschai
Gankino
Hora Chadera
Humorrosso
Itamitami Ita Mi
Jai Souvent Pleure
Jarnana
Jovano
Kalotaszeg Csardas Sapora (MarekÂ’s hora)
Kermenska Rachenitsa
Kibori
Korobuchka
Kustino Oro
La Rosa enflorece
Lolli Phabay Kikko
Makedonsko
Manea
Me Hum Mato
Mesk Havasi
Monti Czardas
More Sokol Pie Falcon Fly
Muro Shavo
Nane Cocha
Ochi Chornye
Odessa-Veggy
Petyorshka
Posadila Baba
To Diajal
Travel In Romania
Tre Yakhal si Kale
Tu Djaial
Vardar Ovasi
Vesela Sedmorka
Zigano
Zsal O Zavo

Extra Costs

The price brackets above should be used as a guide only as all quotes are bespoke.


Performance times for most acts except Tributes and some other Unique performers are usually 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 40 min sets.

(If you require the act to perform longer than these times you may incur extra costs.)

Travel costs vary depending on the act and will be included to the quote given to you by our agents.

Our acts would usually expect to arrive around 6pm and to be finished around midnight.

(If you need the act to arrive earlier or finish later there may be extra costs but these can be negotiated.)