Since they began their journey in early 2015 in Barcelona, Balkan Paradise Orchestra has shown, in each and every performance, their potential as an unusual and ground-breaking group. Composed by wind and percussion players, the Balkan Paradise Orchestra (aka BPO) is a breath of fresh air for the music panorama of our country. Audiences are completely engaged with their pure cheerfulness and distinguish playful vibes which will make it impossible for you to sit still during they shows.
With different studies, experiences and influences, but inevitably connected with the Balkan tradition of wind orchestras, they transform this musical genre to an authentic elixir made of rhythms of the entire world. They offer a show that works both on stage and on the street, with a surprising capacity of generating empathy towards the public and always bringing joy, party and an urge for dancing in every single corner of the world.
In their first year, Balkan Paradise Orchestra won the Projecte Cabal Musical 2015 prize from Taller de Músics de Barcelona, which allowed them to record their first ep and video clip. Later on, they were also awarded by the 1st Prize at Haizetara 2017, the International Street Music Competition from Amorebieta-Etxano (Euskadi), Sons de la Mediterrània 2017 in Catalonia, which helped them release their first album, K’ataka. After three nominations at the prestigious Enderrock 2018 Awards as best Folk album best video clip and young talent band, they were awarded for the Best Folk Album 2018 by popular vote for “K’ataka”. During 2019, they received one more prize as a new talent, from Premis Alícia 2019 organized by Acadèmia Catalana de la Música.
After releasing “K’ataka” and their presentation throughout Catalonia and Spain, it began the Unza Unza Tour; a show characterized by its strength, freshness and originality, by the hand of Sonde3.
In 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, the band released their second album,”Odissea”, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey and 2001: The Kubrick’s Space Odyssey. The album includes nine original tunes and a traditional song, creating a very varied sound universe; a kind of kaleidoscope where shapes, colors and textures all blend together. The album presentation tour has allowed them to tour numerous Spanish cities and some European places. They don’t only meet their audience expectations, but exceed them by far with an impressive and exciting live performance that leaves no one indifferent.
In 2021, Balkan Paradise Orchestra has also released a new project called “Game Sessions”, an EP based on four tracks from their latest album “Odissea”. For each song they have invited a different producer and collaborator; reliable artists they admire musically, to play and create new experiences around these songs.
In “Pingu” the mediterranean and virtuous voice of Magalí Sare, fused with an electroswing by Arnau Altimir, drummer and Oques Grasses’ producer. As for, “Low”, the experience and the reggae-dubstep sound of Joan Garriga’s producer, Toti Arimany, with the most powerful essence of Santa Salut, current reference of urban music in our country. In “Màntric”, they travel to Los Angeles to work with three of the most promising artists of the trap scene of the moment: Chafer, Delian and Everlyte. And, finally, in “Da Mas Over”, they invite the velvety voice of Travis Bird from Madrid, creating an explosive mix with Carlos Manzanares, producer of great national artists such as Kanka.
BPO continue their successful path and they are preparing a new live show full of surprises and new songs for 2022.