Swinging Crossover with Balkan, Pop and Ballad Grooves
Amariszi creates an exciting mix of Balkan influenced music delicately weaved together with pop, reggae and swing. Original compositions arranged especially for the band attract a wide audience: this unique approach to the music has drawn in much attention from the Balkan scene.
The Amariszi line-up of virtuoso accordion lines, groovy horn section, guitar, bass & drums, explores a world of music where anything can happen, and their appearance, animation and enthusiasm makes every performance a party!
Merel Simons’ captivating presence on stage, clear timbre and beautiful expressiveness is an outstanding contribution that immediately appeals to the audience.
Amariszi was founded in 2007 by accordionist/composer Kay Krijnen and drummer Dolf Huybers. Four years later their remarkable debut album ‘Balkan Chaotika’ was released, critically acclaimed and appreciated, with coherent teamwork, originality and inspiring virtuosity. In 2014 Amariszi released ‘Nine Balkan Nights’ which achieved the top position in the English World Music Audio Chart and #13 in the World Music Charts Europe.
The group won the ‘Dutch Balkan Blues Contest 2011, ‘Zimihc International 2010’ and was crowned the winner of the ‘Next best Band 2009’.
The band has toured in Turkey, Bulgaria, France, Macedonia, Czech Republic and Hungary and played on various festivals such as Sziget (HU), United Islands (CZ), Paaspop, Festival Mundial and Oerol. They can also be found in the following venues: Paradiso, Mezz, W2, Tivoli, Patronaat, Effenaar and 013.