225+ shows in The Netherlands, Turkey, France, Belgium, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, at festivals such as Sziget (HU), Club Babylon (TR), Oerol and many more.

About the Band

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With Balkan, French Pop and Ballad Grooves Amariszi creates an exciting mix of Balkan influenced music, weaved together with ska, reggae and swing. Original compositions arranged especially for the band attract a wide audience: a unique approach to music drawing in much attention from the Balkan and pop scene.


Founded in 2007 by accordionist/composer Kay Krijnen and drummer Dolf Huybers, the band celebrates its 10 year anniversary in 2017 with the release of their third album ‘Babel Fish’. Recorded in an old wine cellar in rural Hungary in between clucking chickens and pungent spirits, you can hear the Balkan signature, which is cleverly and refreshingly interspersed with pop, reggae and swing.

“A heck of an album!”—Mixed World Music


“A determined sonic blast [...] Smooth jazz swiftly transforms into mischievous bursts of Morricone guitar, as umpteen thousands of kilometers dissolve into a warm recording of mild adventure and unexpected musical commonality.”—fRoots


“Colourful carrousel for the ear.”—Trouw


“It's impossible not to start dancing. Amariszi is Balkanvirtuostity at its best.”—3voor12


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