BGKO+Special Guests – Sandra Sangiao Farewell Concert


Doors Open:20:30 – Concert: 21:15-23:30


SANDRA SANGIAO says goodbye to BARCELONA GIPSY BALKAN ORCHESTRA after seven years together, with a SINGLE CONCERT that will be LIVE STREAMED in our YouTube channel on October 30 at the mythical SALA APOLO in Barcelona. An emblematic place that will host them once again for a night full of Eastern Europe melodies and rhythms. The BGKO says goodbye to their angel, with her musicality and her explosive contagious energy…

Along these years the band has achieved a remarkable international projection, playing on a long list of countries that culminated in recent times with the first visit to New York and Chicago. BGKO continues their musical journey trusting this list will keep growing, reaching new listeners with new creations.

The BGKO has shared in this period their passion for music, for learning and artistic evolution, but perhaps more vital has been the love they have received from their audiences. Looking to the future, the orchestra continues working with enthusiasm, producing new material and expanding its musical horizons with new collaborations. This will be a concert that marks an end and a beginning.

BGKO are: Sandra Sangiao (voice, Catalunya-Spain); Mattia Schirosa (accordion, Italy); Stelios Togias (percussion, Greece); Julien Chanal (guitar, France); Ivan Kovačević (double bass, Serbia); Oleksandr Sora (violin, Ukraine) ; Daniel Carbonell (clarinet, Catalunya-Spain); Pere Nolasc Turu (violin, Catalunya-Spain)

SPECIAL GUESTS: Nihan Devecioğlu (voice, Turkey); Marguerita Abita (voice, Italy); Banyari Dance (Gipsy Oriental Dance, Spain); Yannis Papaioannou (oud, Greece); Georgi Dimitrov (Kanun, Bulgaria); Marta Alicja (clarinet, Poland).

These nomadic musicians and passionate explorers of the Klezmer and Gypsy sounds extend their inspiration to a wider musical genre, understanding Balkan music as a set of musical traditions and a multi-ethnic culture that goes beyond its geographical boundaries and that also feeds of all those historical traditions that have ever inhabited these lands: Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, Gypsies, Ottomans, Arabs, etc.



They say a change cycle happens every seven years, and it is what we experience in this period. After all this time living, sharing, and creating together, the path of our dear Sandra separates from the BGKO.

In this special post we want to share our voices:


I say goodbye to the Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra after seven years together. I feel honored to have been a part of this family, and such a special project. The BGKO is so much more than the sum of seven musicians. It is coexistence made music by seven very different people from diverse cultures, languages, beliefs, and value sets, united respectfully by one singular passion: music.

From them, I have learned to be a better person and to sing at the service of music and life. Now, I say goodbye with courage and so much love. The BGKO continues on, with new people, musicians, expressions, collaborations, always loyal to the magic of the group: a collective that loves music from Eastern Europe and shares it with enormous personality.

I now feel the need to step off this ride, because I no longer wish to maintain the same work rhythm. I want to channel my energy into a more tranquil path in order to continue singing and traveling at my own pace, and in order to guide other people in connecting with their own voices, and share my experience with whomever feels things in a similar way.

It was not an easy decision, but it is without a doubt the most honest. Therefore, it seems the best to me; for the group and for life itself.

I wish to infinitely thank my companions– each and every one is an incredible person! I also wish to thank the audiences that have given me so much: so much energy and love… Together, we have created so many unique moments. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I wish my BGKO family all the best, and who knows? … Reencounters are often magical and spectacular things!!!


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FaceBook: Sandra Sangiao Page
Instagram: @sandra.sangiao



Sandra has always been an inspiration, helping us mature and bringing out the best in us with her musicality and ever-expanding energy. We can never thank you enough for the years we shared, which have been intense as well as unique.

If there is one that characterizes the BGKO, it is its affinity for change. From the very start, this has been a crucial factor, but at the same time there has always been a constant: our passion for music, for learning, and for artistic evolution, though perhaps even more vital is the love that we always felt from our audiences.

Looking to the future, we will keep on working with enthusiasm, producing new material, and expanding our musical horizons with new collaborations.

In the next months we will have many surprises– stay tuned!

Jam sessions every Wednesday in El Foro

BGKO organizes their emblematic Gipsy balKan jam sessions every Wednesday from 21.30 to 23:30 in El Foro Restaurante (C/Princesa, 53, 08003 El Born, Barcelona).

Contribution for musicians: 5€

Doors open at 21.00 hours.

BGKO featuring Bora Dugić at the unique Teatre Grec in Barcelona

BGKO presents “Skakavac” the first of a serie of 4 videos of our concert with the Serbian flute master Bora Dugić at Teatre Grec, where we performed a different and unique music repertoire. We invite you to join us with one of the most renowned folk musicians in the world. Stay tuned!