Last summer, The Falcon's audience fell in love...hard! To avoid heartbreak, we have asked this extraordinary ensemble and their charming, gregarious leader to return!
Banda Magda delivers an intricate, tropical, eclectic sound, drawing from world chansons infused with South American grooves and a twist of jazz. On stage, Banda Magda is an intense compilation of vibraphone, guitar, bass, vocals, accordion, piano and an avalanche of percussion surrounding the charismatic Magda Giannikou, founder, leader and singer of this thoroughly hip, thoroughly modern and ultimately fantastic group.
Since 2010, Banda Magda has appeared regularly in NYC venues, blending French repertoire and original music sung in English, Italian, Portugese, Spanish, Greek and Japanese. Their fame, however, has gone beyond New York City. Through YouTube videos and their current EP “Banda Magda”, they have created a global fanbase.
Banda Magda enjoyed a prestigious Residence at Carnegie Hall in 2012, a performance at the 2013 Namm Convention in California and a series of music videos, “Chez Banda Magda”, shot in Magda’s colorful East Village pad.
The truly international band features Magda Giannikou (Athens, Greece): accordion, piano, lead vocal, Petros Klampanis (Zakynthos, Greece): double bass, piano, guitar, vocals, Ignacio Hernandez (Buenos Aires, Argentina): guitar and Mika Mimura (Osaka, Japan): vibes, marimba, vocals.
Influenced by the music of artists like Sade, Sting, Bebel Gilberto, Emily King, Adele & Jamiroquai, multi-genre chanteuse, Natalie Forteza's songwriting pursuits embrace Pop, R&B, Soul and Latin genres. Natalie has opened for KJ Denhert, Mose Allison, Frank Vignola [Madonna, Ringo Starr, Wynton Marsalis] & Stephane Wrembel [Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona & Midnight in Paris]. With every performance Natalie evolves into a more muscular and nuanced singer - a young artist just beginning to test the limits of her instrument.