BANDA MAGDA

Posted Sunday, February 10th

February 10, 2019

BANDA MAGDA

Sophisticated Global Music Mash-Up at Firehouse Arts Center

 

PLEASANTONCalif. — The high-energy, global music mash-up band known as Banda Magda hits the Firehouse Arts Center stage on Sunday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m.  Lead by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer, and accordionist Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda does it all: South American rhythms, jazz improvisation, cinematic arrangements, plus the best of mid-century pop.  The high-profile 5-person band glides from samba to French chansons, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando with consummate pizzazz.

Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group of close musical friends formed Banda Magda in 2010 in New York, and has developed a dizzying international touring schedule, hitting 5 continents and over 20 countries yearly.  Highlights include a spot on the Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, WOMAD, The Kennedy Center, and countless top-tier jazz festivals. When not performing on stage, Banda Magda is in the recording studio, with three albums under their belt to date.

Trained in film scoring, arranging and music production at famed Berkelee College of Music in Boston, Magda has collaborated with everyone from Kronos Quartet (she was commissioned by and performed with the quartet at Lincoln Center 2013) to Snarky Puppy (participated in their Grammy Award Winning Family Dinner Vol.1).

Show time: Sunday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m.  Reserved seating tickets are $27 – $37.  Tickets online at www.firehousearts.org, by calling 925-931-4848, and in person at the Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, in downtown Pleasanton.  Box Office hours are Wednesday – Friday 12:00 noon-6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and two hours prior to performances if not sold out.

 

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Banda Magda! In concert at the Firehouse Arts Center Theater, Pleasanton. Sunday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. Jazzy latin-afro rhythms, cinematic arrangements, plus the best of mid-century pop, wrapped up in high-profile, high-energy 5-person band.   Lead by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer, and accordionist Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda glides from samba to French chansons, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando with consummate pizzazz.

Reserved seating tickets $27 – $37.  Tickets available at www.firehousearts.org, 925-931-4848, or at the center Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, in downtown Pleasanton.

The Firehouse Arts Center is owned and operated by the City of Pleasanton, and dedicated to inspiring passion through the arts.  The center is comprised of the 227-seat Firehouse Theater, the 2000 square foot Harrington Gallery, classrooms and rehearsal space, the grand atrium lobby, and the famous interior glass bridge.  With world-class performing and visual arts, exciting interactive programs for all ages, and a state-of-the-art venue which opened in 2010, we combine the sophistication of the culturally rich Bay Area arts landscape with the hospitality and intimacy of our own home town.  The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton.

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