KEZVA is an energetic four-piece putting together Thomas' original compositions with a collection of music of Eastern music collected over the years.
Purveyors of balkan fusion: KEZVA (formerly Karsilama) is a Bristol based ensemble featuring soaring melodies and high energy rhythms. Led by frenetic viola, footstomping accordion, piano, vocals and guitar, and driven by massive drums and twisted bass, they will take you on a wild ride through the music of Eastern Europe and beyond. All this brought to you by an all-star lineup of talented local and international musicians.
Opa Rosa is the collection of the energetic and vibrant sounds of Klezmer, Gypsy and Balkan music brought to you by accordionist Thomas Hodson, violinist Lulu Ruby Rose, clarinetist Isis Wolf and bassist Izy Ellis. They will take you on a journey through the Balkans, Greece, Turkey and beyond, bringing you a collection of wild Eastern music learnt first-hand from masters of their traditions. Let Opa Rosa’s joyous dances and soaring melodies take you to far away lands...
I have frequently run workshops across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the U.S. passing on his knowledge of music of the Balkans to musicians of all levels. I am a passionate music teacher and it is my greatest pleasure to pass on my knowledge of this music to all who are interested in it.
I am currently running daily workshops online 'Balkan Corner' through Corona Lockdown. Click HERE to find out more
Please get in touch if you are interested.
In Bristol I currently perform with Purveyors of Hot Gypsy Swing 'The Roundabout Swing Band'. Recreating the authentic sounds Parisian Jazz made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli
Also frequently performs Ceilidh Music for dances and weddings with London/Bristol 'CEILIDH TREE'
Get in touch for bookings!
The Squeezebox Trio
From 2011-2016 I managed, toured and played extensivly around Australia and New Zealand with 'The Squeezebox Trio'. Hitting up several festivals, workshops and swing dance classes.
The Underscore Orkestra
Since 2016 I have been peridically involved with US band 'The Underscore Orkestra'. Playing a broad mix of Balkan, Klezmer, Swing and Americana and touring across the globe playing high energy shows
Currently based in Cork Ireland, we still collaborate!