FUSING together Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical music in a whirlwind performance of frenzied virtuosity, Paprika are highly regarded as the UK’s leading Balkan band.

This spring these outstanding musicians are heading to Dorset for three electrifying performances through Artsreach to Powerstock, Langton Matravers and Tarrant Gunville.

Featuring She’Koyok’s Zivorad Nikolic on accordion, Vladimir Strkalj on guitar, Marko Tesic on violin and Rastko Rasic on percussion, Paprika intersperse fiery melodies and foot-tapping rhythms with lilting laments in high-energy sets. Artsreach, an organisation committed to bringing professional performances to rural communities in Dorset, are touring this band as part of their brand new Spring Performance Programme, thanks to the support of the Arts Council, County and District Councils and local supporters Blanchards Bailey.

Yvonne Gallimore, Artsreach Co Director, said “Accordionist Zivorad has been to Dorset in several sell out Artsreach tours as part of She’Koyokh, and so we are extremely excited to welcome him back with another acclaimed world music group.”

Paprika released their eponymous album in 2011 and have performed all over the world, from New Zealand to Japan, including Womad and Glastonbury festivals and prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Specialising in bringing rare or lost traditional Balkan music back to life, both the curious listener and the well-versed aficionado are sure to enjoy a host of surprises and fast-paced evening of outstanding live entertainment.

See Paprika at Powerstock Hut (01308 485287) on Friday January 19, Langton Matravers (01929 423834) on Saturday January 20 or Tarrant Gunville (01258 830361) on Sunday January 21. All performances are at 7.30pm. Full details and tickets also available from artsreach.co.uk