"Among the plethora of bands purveying the ‘Balkan sound’ few have taken the trouble to properly immerse themselves in Central Europe’s rich variety of musical traditions. Step forward, then, Opa Rosa - a swinging acoustic quartet whose set list meanders across the region from Macedonia to Moldova and beyond, setting themselves the task of catching the many subtle differences of style and rhythm and fearlessly rising to the instrumental challenge required. Playing with maximum energy and a great sense of fun they soon had a lively Valley Fest audience enthralled and even dancing despite the heatwave temperatures of a steaming afternoon."
- Tony Benjamin, BRISTOL 24/7
"Opa Rosa - a high energy, incredibly tight and talented band. Flexible, fun, great to listen to. A great Klezmer band and lots more besides for your bar mitzvah, wedding, Klezmer Ceilidh, festival or concert."
- Fiona Frank, Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, 2022
Fast gaining a reputation as one of Bristol’s most dynamic and virtuosic bands, Opa Rosa are an energetic acoustic ensemble sharing music from the Klezmer, Balkan, Greek & Roma traditions. With several combined decades of study and experience, all five musicians are well-versed in the musical traditions’ syntax and significance, capturing all the joy and sorrow that these traditions are so renowned for expressing.
Deeply rooted in Balkan traditions, Opa Rosa’s music aims to explore and reinvent the motifs of Eastern Europe by subtly drawing from other musical influences such as Post-Rock, Classical and Jazz. With their lineup of violin, clarinet, accordion, double bass and percussion, their unique and refined sound consists of an explosive and grooving rhythm section combined with intricate melodies soaring over rich and nuanced harmonic structures.
Following the release of their debut album 'A Feast from the East' they have toured internationally and captivated audiences with their high-energy and engaging performances. Recent gigs include a sold-out performances headlining Bristol Beacon, Green Note (London), Trinity Centre (Bristol), The Cornish Bank (Falmouth), Jamboree (London) and various festivals, including Smuggler’s Festival, Secret Garden Party, Valley Fest and Buddhafield.
Enjoy a collection of vibrant and soulful melodies played with fiery precision, and let Opa Rosa take you on a foot-stomping journey through the Balkans and beyond!