After their appearance alongside Taraf de Haidouks, Goran Bregovic and other international names in the Barbican’s 1000 year journey International Gypsy festival, the critically acclaimed series of concerts at Theatre du Bourg Neuf - Avignon, and their wonderful concert on the BROSELLA Folk & Jazz festival in Brussels (in 2000), this remarkable collaboration between two Bosnian sisters, five British musicians, a Polish Roma Accordionist, and a Sarajevan singer/guitarist continues with the release of the new CD ‘The homeland of our Wanderings’.
Dave Kelbie has acquired an international reputation as a promoter of Gypsy music and culture which has led to acclaimed music partnerships with many of Europes leading Gypsy musicians.
Mirella Hodzic started her music career at the age of 8, and trained in classical guitar and opera. In a popular singing partnership with her sister Téa, she worked as professional musician in the former Yugoslavia for fifteen years.
Tea Hodzic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia where she trained in classical guitar and opera. Since living in the UK Téa has appeared on both television and radio and with Mirella sang on the soundtrack for Channel 4's award winning series, "Bloody Bosnia".
Paul Moylan joined Szapora in March 2000. His playing features a wonderful mixture of fierce grooving pizzicato and olympic style bowing, the like of which the band hasn’t yet seen, and which adds a new and fantastic dimension so crucial to the music.
Bronislav Vanya Krawczyk Vanja is one of the most accomplished accordionists to come out of Poland in recent years. He is self taught and was touring Poland playing concerts, parties, weddings etc before he was invited to come and play in the UK in 1995.
Luke Carver Goss has performed with Szapora since 1998. He also works with violinist Oli Wilson-Dickson in the duo 'Fidaddle', who are currently playing at folk festivals around Britain.
Oliver Wilson-Dickson has been studying the violin since the age of six. Born into a family of musicians, he was raised on a diet of traditional, world, jazz and contemporary music and studied music at the University of York.
Dylan Fowler first came to prominence in the Miller/Fowler Latin Jazz Guitar Duo in the early eighties. In January 1998 Fowler was invited to join the group Szapora.
Mirza Halilovic is an actor and musician born in Sarajevo and who studied at The Academie of Theatre, Film & TV in Sarajevo. Mirza has lived in France since 1995.