The Balkanics

November 3, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Balkanics

Featuring Linsey Pollak

Saturday November 3 @ 8.00pm – 11.00pm
Ticket Price: $26 pre-sale and on the door.

The Balkanics make a rare return to Sydney with their high-energy music from the Balkans, especially Macedonia.

Their music is energetic, infectious and very danceable!  As well as traditional tunes, many of them Gypsy or Roma in origin, their original compositions are inspired by many years of studying, playing and living these most vibrant of musical cultures.


Featuring five accomplished musicians who have been playing together in different combinations for several decades, The Balkanics will intoxicate you, the hypnotic energy of their improvisations dragging you onto the dance floor.  Cast away your worldly woes and be transported to a universe inhabited by extravagant rhythmic variation and catchy melodic invention.


The Balkanics are Linsey Pollak (sax, gaida, clarini), Anthony Pizzica (rezouki, tambura), Philip Griffin (electric bass, tambura), Ric Halstead (sax, flute) & Tunji Beier (drums). Between them they have performed in many varied ensembles (Dva, The Paranormal Music Society, The Unusual Suspects, Seaweed & Wire, The Cycologists, Makedonski Bop, Xenos, Okuta Percussion, Ross Daly’s Australian Labyrinth, etc), performed with many international artists (Jimmy Witherspoon, Red Rodney, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Mick Taylor, Billy Cobham, Nitin Sawhney, Pece Atanasovski) and at venues and festivals throughout the world (WOMADelaide; WOMAD NZ; St Chartier Festival, France; Perth, Melbourne, Sydney & Adelaide Arts Festivals; Vector Arena, Auckland; Barbican Centre, London; Hong Kong Arts Festival; Montreal Jazz Festival).


“Among the plethora of bands playing Balkan and Gypsy music in Australia these days, one rarely encounters high-level musicianship so completely intertwined with sheer gusto as is the case with the Balkanics” – John Shand (SMH)






Stipski Cocek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwSJnl01PQI

Baker’s Dozen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VpKRbpfhLk