Performers at Blue Mountains Music Festival 2019
Faith i Branko
Branko Ristic, predicted by UK fRoots to become "one of the leading Roma Violinists of the century", has joined with Faith Ristic, a highly charismatic and virtuosic UK accordionist, to compose and perform a style that draws from each of their musical heritage and expresses their unique personal connection.
The duo met in Branko’s Roma village in 2009, and, with music as their only tool for communication, began a journey that would lead to the creation of their debut album Gypsy Lover and their marriage.
Faith and Branko Ristic form the core of their high-energy live performance, combining the accordion, violin, effects pedal and tabor pipe to take the audience on a journey from melancholy Roma violin laments to storming ‘kolos’ and explorations into jazz improvisation, swing, Gypsy Rumba and Turkish and Indian influenced violin solos. These styles form a set, which—for the majority—is joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery and spirited.
Branko’s violin, described as "something that Paganini would be proud of" [BBC Radio 3] soars at break-neck paces whilst Faith’s"nimble accordion accompaniment provides a beautiful bedrock" [The Guardian]. Branko, a self-taught virtuosic Roma violinist with a painful personal history, opens his heart in their slower compositions, revealing at times the sadness and darkness beneath the frantic virtuosic revelry.
They source musicians from all over the world and for their 2018 Australian tour will be accompanied by Stefan Melovski on guitar and Viktor Obsust on Double Bass.