Bridport Arts Newsletter
Music Friday 17 March, 2023 8:00pm

Jazz Opa Rosa

TICKETS: £14, £12 concs. £5

Opa Rosa are an energetic quartet of Bristol-based instrumentalists. As skilled interpreters of music from the Klezmer, Balkan, Greek, and Roma traditions, they are fast gaining a reputation as one of the city’s most dynamic and virtuosic bands. In their repertoire is a vibrant collection of melodies from all across the Balkans, every detail and ornament of which is played with fiery precision. Their masterfully arranged tunes capture all the joy and sorrow that these traditions are so renowned for expressing. 

Recent appearances include a sold-out performance for their album launch at the Greenbank, Bristol, and supporting The Turbans and Sheelanagig at the Jam Jar, as well as playing at numerous UK festivals.

The ornate interplay of Isis Wolf-Light’s clarinet and Lulu Ruby Rose’s violin blends with the authentic sound of Thomas Hodson’s accordion, while Isaac Ellis dances up and down the double bass fingerboard with punchy grace. With several combined decades of study and experience, all four musicians are well-versed in the music’s form and significance, and their sensitive arrangements are grounded in a deep respect for the heritage and cultures from which these beautiful styles originate.