PAPRIKA: PAPRIKA started as a Balkan band made of classically trained musicians who also loved playing traditional and gypsy music. Their focus is on bringing rare and lost traditional Balkan music back to life through their unconventional formation of violin, two accordions, guitar, bass and percussion. Their Balkan ballads and dance songs, known as Kolos in Serbia, or Horas in Bulgaria and Romania, have taken them out into the clubs and festivals of the UK and beyond.
PAPRIKA have toured extensively throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan and have appeared at the Purcell Room, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Glastonbury Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as WOMAD festivals in the UK, Spain and Abu Dhabi.
They have performed on World on 3 for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC 6 Music on “Cerys on 6” and were also featured on UK television Channel 4’s “Come Dine With Me”.
“They won the crowd completely with their charm and virtuosity” The Independent
“Paprika – hot and fiery, lived up to their name, giving us a whirlwind tour of the Balkan countries, each piece becoming a firm favourite before being superseded by the next. Toe-tappingly good, with the audience whooping and cheering from the first note.” Cheltenham Festival
“Paprika’s critically acclaimed performance at the Songlines Encounters Festival at Kings Place caused quite a stir with one audience member in particular, classical superstar Nigel Kennedy being “knocked out” by what he heard.” Simon Broughton, Songlines Magazine
Miloš Milivojević – Accordion
Živorad Nikolić – Accordion
Vladimir Strkalj – Guitar
Rastko Rašić – Drums
Marko Tešić – Violin
Peter Bakaja – Bass