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 College of Music in Boston, Giannikou’s film-music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from the Kronos Quartet to Louie C.K., with whom she sang a duet for the comedian’s television series.
Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by unflagging energy. This group of close musical friends turns Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with the Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well as performances at venues and festivals including Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, Kennedy Center, Jefferson Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, Jazz al Parque, St. Moritz Festival Da Jazz, and Chicago World Music Festival.
After the success of their brilliantly colorful albums, 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), and Yerakina (co-produced by Grammy Award–winners Michael League and Fab Dupont), the Banda is in pre-production of their third opus, the vibrant, technicolor Tigre, to be released in 2016.