Recently awarded the 2013 Galaxie Rising Star Award, Briga released her 3rd album Wake in
2014, a concept album that explores her father’s mysterious Polish/Jewish roots. Delivered with
a Turbo Folk edge, wrapped up in heavy Balkan & Moroccan grooves, and polished with
lamenting judo-arabic strings, Wake’s sound is a gem that lies somewhere between the
everyday and the monumental.
Born in Québec and raised in western Canada before her return to Montréal, Briga’s music is a
reflection of her fragmented identity: a hybrid of songs written in French and English, all
accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European and Romani folk sounds,
learned from the days her father played the piano to put the children to sleep. Nicknamed Briga
by her fellow band mates in the ex-Yugoslavian band Les Gitans de Sarajevo, her name means
sorrow or burden.
Briga is a rare breed of violinist. Not only is she classically trained, but she has a life time’s
experience travelling the world with a fiddle on her back, learning songs from local folks by ear.
Her knowledge of music and different cultures goes beyond mere ethnomusicology. Briga
continues to deepen her knowledge of traditional music from around the globe. This in
turn inspires her to write new repertoire that takes tradition and pushes it to today’s sounds. She
lives and breathes music, passing it on to students and audiences everywhere.
In the past Briga has toured with Bulgaria’s no.1 Violinist and her mentor, Georgi
Yanev and her 2nd album, Turbo Folk Stories was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award as well as Quebec’s ADISQ awards.