This fabulous Octtet has become legendary for brilliant and mesmerising performances from all over middle and Eastern Europe: doina’s from Romania, csardas’ from Hungary and hora’s from Bulgaria. Violinist Chris Garrick has been described as an extraordinary musician whose fiddle playing “…was a stunning display of musicianship, whether lightly dancing, delicately teasing or producing pyrotechnics that scorched the very timbers of the building.” Virtuoso accordionist Eddie Hession was plucked from his golden seat with the Three Tenors to join the band. Dave Kelbie, mandolin player of “…staggering ability…” and founder member of Szapora (formerly known as The Budapest Café Orchestra) presents the band in a laconic style, which belies the furious, reckless but passionate music to follow. It’s a sound that will instil itself in your bloodstream and stay there forever. MILES KINGTON
Szapora was formed by Dave Kelbie in 1997 with an original line up drawn mostly from British members of the band The Budapest Cafe Orchestra. Late additions to the band were the incredible soulful voices of singing partnership Mirella and Tea Hodzic from Sarajevo who introduced a new repertoire which leaned more to traditional musics from former Yugoslavia allowing the band to explore richer, more nuanced emotional territory.
Szapora became known as a vigorous name on the UK Balkan music scene, astonishing audiences Europe wide with their mix of virtuosity and true emotional charge.