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The Dutch band Amariszi is known for their captivating and exhilarating Balkan inspired pop music performed by bass & drums, guitar, horn section and accordion. Original compositions with feel-good arrangements create an accessible music attracting a wide audience: this approach has helped the group acquire a respected position within the Balkan scene. Merel Simons’ role is noteworthy, as she became the figurehead of the band, through her bright timbre and splendid diction.

Founded in 2007 by accordionist/composer Kay Krijnen and drummer Dolf Huybers, the band celebrates its 10 year anniversary in 2017 with the release of their third album Babel Fish. Recorded in an old wine cellar in rural Hungary in between clucking chickens and pungent spirits, you can hear the Balkan signature, which is cleverly and refreshingly interspersed with pop, reggae and swing.

Official website

Territory: Netherlands

Touring Period: all year

Booking Agent: Thijs Vandewalle (Belgium)


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