Balkan Shmalkan is East Vancouver's sweet dance party orchestra; think global music with local attitude. Their funky brass dance beats are rooted in the living aural traditions of the Roma and Klezmorim of Eastern Europe and blended with a mixture of pop, funk, and jazz. Members of the group sing in 6 languages including Serbian, Romani, and Italian.
The group is a colourful, vibrant, and celebrative group of brass, drums, and vocals best enjoyed up close and personal. They are exceptionally versatile and mobile, playing on and off stage with nothing more than the power of their lungs and a few horns.
Formed in 2015, Balkan Shmalkan is the brainchild of a group of musicians with a long history of collaboration in traditional South Serbian Trubaci music. This project is a way of blending that music with other vibrant traditions and bringing it to the general population of BC.
The band is currently getting ready to release their first studio album in the summer of 2022.