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'A major discovery this year' The Guardian. Versatile accordionist with varied repertories and line-ups for all occasions
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'Musically a delight..these virtuosic performers are a major discovery this year' The Guardian 'Moving, breathtaking and virtuosic' Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3 'Totally Amazing' Lily Allen Faith has 15 years of experience of playing at Weddings, Birthdays, Festivals, Concerts, Corporate Events and many other venues including: - Emir Kusturica's Birthday Party; Anthony Gormley Birthday Party; Fundraising function with Lily Allen; BBC Radio 3 Heritage Roots Live; Picadilly Casino; Novi Jazz Fest; Notting Hill Private Members Arts Club New Years Eve; Le Quecumbar Gypsy Jazz Club; Kate Moss private function. - The Royal Festival Hall; Bristol Old Vic Theatre; Sydney International Festival; Guca Festival; Wilderness Festival; Vienna Arts Festival; Giffords Circus; The Southbank. She performs with the following lineup: Solo - accordion (+ vocals and tabor pipe) Duo - accordion + violin/clarinet/guitar/percussion/vocals/double bass Trio - accordion + 2 of the above Quartet - accordion + 3 of the above Quintet - accordion + 4 of the above (with optional drumkit) Repertoire: She can provide a variety of repertoires for the clients needs. The following genres can be combined as wished: Balkan/French/UK Folk/Classical/European/Golden Oldies An example Balkan set list has been provided in the repertoire section. BIO Faith Elliott studied classical piano from a young age, as well as the organ, violin, recorder, percussion, music theory and composition. She studied 'Ethnomusicology' at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, specialising in Cuban piano and percussion (which she studied in Havana) as well as the music of Eastern Europe, Tabla, Korean percussion, Mbira and Gamelan. In 2009 she worked as MD for 'Giffords Circus', composing an original Balkan inspired soundtrack and creating a one-man band act. She created radio shorts with BBC Oxford - documenting one man bands and the music of Eastern Europe - before travelling to Serbia with the assistance of the Winston Churchill Fund to study the Roma accordion styles of Central Serbia and to collect sound clips. After an intensive six-month period of study she travelled to Australia to perform with Orchestra Del Sol and returned to work as MD and performer for 'The Garden of Dreams' at Live Theatre, Newcastle. In 2012 she returned to Serbia to implement an Arts Council Overseas Development Grant funded compositional project with Roma musicians and was based in Serbia for the next few years, appearing regularly on documentaries and cultural programmes. She worked as 'comedy musical director' for Giffords Circus, designing and creating original instruments and comedy sketches with Barry Grantham. In 2013 she sourced Serbian Roma musicians to work with Giffords Circus and created an 'East meets West' soundtrack with Director Cal McCrystal. With Roma violinist Branko Ristic and 'Lolo Lovina' she toured Australia in 2014 before co-composing and recording the album 'Gypsy Lover' with Branko Ristic, produced by Nicholas Hooper/ Emir Kusturica. This was released with World Music Network and placed in the top ten European World Music albums. Awarded an Arts Council grant, 'Faith i Branko' toured the UK and Europe in 2016 before working with Lee Lyford and Gwyneth Herbert on the Bristol Old Vic show 'The Snow Queen' - combining electro-soundscapes with Roma music. Faith booked, tour managed and performed the 'Faith i Branko' Australia/NZ Tour in 2018 and is currently recording her second album, sponsored by PRS 'Women Make Music'. Throughout this she has taught music to all ages and values inspiring students with her personal experiences. She offers a duo line-up combining the accordion with the guitar, percussion, clarinet or violin. Her violinist Branko Ristic is the only Roma Gypsy violinist to be performing in the UK - described by BBC Radio 3 as a violinist ‘whom Paganini would be proud of’ has joined with Faith Ristic - a UK performer who’s ‘nimble accordion playing provides a beautiful bedrock’ The Guardian. From a foundation of ‘Serbian-Roma’ music, they have created a style that draws from both of their musical heritages and expresses their unique personal connection. Recent highlights include The Royal Festival Hall, Kustendorf Film Festival & Edinburgh Festival; WOMEX award winning album ‘Gypsy Lover’ - produced by Emir Kusturica/ Nicholas Hooper is 11th in the European World Music Charts; radio play includes BBC Radio 3 Heritage Tracks. They appear regularly on Balkan/Roma TV and their biographical documentary ‘Duo’, is due to be released in 2018; they are recording artists on Emir Kusturicas' latest film with Monica Belluci; toured Australia and Europe – including Enlighten Canberra, The Basement (Sydney), The Homestead (Tasmania), Vienna Roma Fest, Guca Festival and Kustendorf Film Festival; recently completed a tour of the UK, including the Royal Festival Hall, The Southbank Centre, Echo Founders Festival with Anthony Gormley, The Caves (Edinburgh), SOAS Concert Series, The Arts Centre (Glasgow), and are the composers and producers of their WOMEX award winning album, ‘Gypsy Lover’ - recorded at Serbian film Director Emir Kusturica’s Studio, mentored by Nicholas Hooper (Composer/Harry Potter) and released with Riverboat Records/World Music Network. Recent radio play includes BBC Radio 3 Heritage Tracks, World Service with Stephen Fry and 6 Music. 'Gypsy Lover' is placed in 11th position in the European World Music Charts.

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Faith's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Michael E
5 years ago
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4.5 out of 5

they were marvellous. Played twice as long as expected and got all the old folks dancing

From other customers:

Julius G
5 years ago, for a Corporate event in Chester Terrace
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5 out of 5

Excellent. I needed a Balkan group for an exclusive VIP Serbian event and they were reliable and of very high artistic quality.

Sinisa R
5 years ago, for a Funeral / Memorial service in Belgrade
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5 out of 5

They were the perfect subtle, emotional and sensitive group for the service

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Faith's Song list

1. Example Balkan Song List
Balkan Song List
Moj Dilbere Silvana Armenulic
Jovano Jovanke Macedonia Trad.
More Sokol Pie Macedonia Trad.
Ajde Jano Serbia Trad.
Makedonske Devojke Macedonia Trad.
Opa Tsupa Saban Bajramovic
Gankino Oro Bulgaria Trad.
Bo-za-ce-ze Boban Prodanovic
Medeno Kolo Ljubisa Pavkovic
Sile Kale Bal Saban Bajramovic
Ederlezi Roma Trad.
Djelem Djelem Roma Trad.
Niska Banja Serbia Trad.
Cajorije Sukorije Esme Redzepova
Kalinka Russia Trad.
Kustino Oro Goran Bregovic
Miserlou (Pulp Fiction)
Zapevala Sojka Ptica Silvana
Uzicko Kolo Serbia
Prelaz Kolo Serbia
A Sto ti je Mila Kceri Silvana
Evo Banke Cigani Moj Zvonko Bogdan
Jutros Smeja Ruza Lepa Brena
Tebe Majko Misli Lete Sejo Pitic
Ljubuv Mi Srce More Pedrag Cune Gojkovic
Kaze Zasto Me Ostavis Film
Nocas Me Srce Pati Silvana
Ruza Rumena Dragan Jovanovic
Hungarian Dance Brahms
Moscow Nights Russia Trad.
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Actor, Musicologist, Community music worker, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Accompanist
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