Members of the talented Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra and their friends used to put on a regular jam session every Thursday at El Arco de la Virgen. El Arco was forced to close by the Ajuntament de Barcelona but the swing continues at Moraima in homage to the shuttered space.
The Balkan jam fuses Klezmer, Gypsy jazz and Romani rhythms with influences from other folk styles from Eastern Europe as well as contemporary genres. BGKO is Sandra Sangiao (voice), Robindro Nikolic (clarinet), Mattia Schirosa (accordion), Julien Chanal (guitar), Ivan Kovacevic (double bass) and Stelios Togias (percussion).
The international ensemble, whose members collectively represent half a dozen countries, embodies the vibrant fusion of the Jewish and Romani musical traditions.