Country of Origin: New Zealand
Niko (formerly Niko Ne Zna) are New Zealand’s own Balkan Gypsy brass extravaganza. Hailing from Wellington the band has been in existence for the last 5 years and they have been stunning audiences ever since.
With trumpet, saxophone, accordion, trombone, sousaphone, drums and percussion Niko are a truly authentic ensemble. They can roam while playing, and enchant the audience into dancing, singing, clapping and stomping all night long. The band consists of some of Wellington’s finest instrumentalists who come from a wide array of musical backgrounds that unite together to produce a cocktail that will make your ears rise to attention and your feet move in a frenzy. Their music is high energy with dark undertones and sexy gypsy style.
Niko are a world class act with exotic tunes, fantastic grooves and exciting solos. The band have played extensively in Wellington with performances at The Wellington Fringe Festival, International Jazz Festival, Cuba Street Carnival, Wellington Summer City Festival to name a few and have been a staple of the Wellington music scene with regular performances all over city.
“It’s easy to forget where you are when you listen to these hypnotic melodies. It’s like being dropped amongst the hot and spicy lands of a country far away - to a place where you can free yourself with these infectious and wild beats that take their influence from the gypsy-soaked Balkan States.” Lucy Wyatt- www.wellingtonlivemuisc.com
Now is the time for the rest of the country to experience the Balkan Gypsy revolution.