A Poet and a Dreamer blending Irony and Melancholy, Brass and Gipsy Jazz
Singer songwriter, composer and guitar player, Branko Galoic was born in Zagreb in former Yugoslavia in 1973. Right from the beginning he combined rock with traditional Balkan influences.
In the year 2000 he moved to Amsterdam. A few years later, he recorded his first album, Above the Roofs, which was released internationally and received great reviews in the European Press. He collaborated with some of the best musicians from the Balkans such as Mostar Sevdah Reunion, Vlatko Stefanovski, Merima Kljuco, and his first album „Above the Roofs“ was produced by renowned producer Dragi Sestic (Mostar Sevdah Reunion, Amira Medunjanin etc).
Branko released two more albums in Amsterdam, „Skakavac“ and „Ej ti tu!“ and then moved to Berlin where he recorded one more album „Super cug“ with Marko Jovanovic, a mouth harmonica virtuoso from Berlin. His music is based in the tradition of Ex-Yugoslavia and mixed with different styles such as Ska, Pop and Chanson. Over the years he has played with musicians from Greece, Turkey, Iran, Irak, Latin America, Holland, Germany, France, Ex Yugoslavia and so developped his own, unique style which has already been compared to the likes of Jaques Brel, Alain Stivell or Melingo.
Since 2014 Branko has been living in Paris where his latest release “Angel Song” (Silvox Records 2015) was celebrated by FIP radio as one of the discoveries of the season. In January 2016 “Angel Song” also entered the European World Music Charts on number 15 and was longlisted for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
A new duo album with Paris based Portuguese guitar virtuoso Francisco Cordovil will be released in 2017.
Duo Branko Galoić & Francisco Cordovil (2 guitars & vocals)
Branko Galoić Quartett (guit – voc – perc – cello)
Branko Galoic Skakavac Orkestar (5-7 brass bigband)
2015 Angel Song (Silvox Music)
2014 Super Cug (CD Baby, digital release)
2011 82 Ej ti ju! (Silvox Music)
2010 Skakavac (self-released/Xango Music, CD Baby digital distribution)
2005 Above The Roofs (Snail Records)
„… from Gipsy Balkan Brass to Turbo-Reggae and a kind of South Italian film music, reminding of a merry-go-round in a Fellini classic”
Radio Bremen CD Tipp Angel Song, DE, 2016
“The music is very lively, but also melancolic and romantic…with a touch of Ex-Jugoslavian feeling… I recommend “Angels Songs” at any time!”
Sound&Image on Angel Song, DE, 2016
“The beautifull Ej ti tu album!”
Mattie Poels, Radio 6, NL, 2013
“New strong hope for balkan music”
Zlatko Gall, Free Dalmatia, CRO, 2013
“You can wake me up with songs like Fraukje tango any time”
Ton Mass Volskrant, Amsterdam, NL, 2011
(4 stars review for album Skakavac)
“Branko Galoic is a Croatian singer-songwriter and guitarist whose debut CD is a collection of songs about exile and life on the road. With the help of an eclectic mix of musicians and instruments, he’s come up with a striking sound that, while reminiscent of such past troubadours as Jacques Brel and Alan Stivell, is an original blend of Gypsy music and the blues.”
The Independent (London), 2007 by Roger Trapp
“Among the Best 100 albums of the year”
Jazzism Magazin, NL, 2007
“Spleen that Galoic paints with his music we could not hear for a long time in our music scene”
Zoran Stajcic-T-Portal, CRO, 2007