Brigitte Dajczer, also known by her stage-name Briga, is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer-songwriter based in Montreal, Quebec. The owner of Bahtalo Records, early in her career she was the violinist for the Rembetika Hipsters, a rebetiko band in Calgary. In 2004 Dajczer was recruited to play violin with the Montreal folk and klezmer band Les Gitans de Sarajevo, and their 2004 album En Voyage reached No. 33 on the CMJ New World Albums chart.

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  • Brigitte Dajczer, also known by her stage-name Briga, is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer-songwriter based in Montreal, Quebec. The owner of Bahtalo Records, early in her career she was the violinist for the Rembetika Hipsters, a rebetiko band in Calgary. In 2004 Dajczer was recruited to play violin with the Montreal folk and klezmer band Les Gitans de Sarajevo, and their 2004 album En Voyage reached No. 33 on the CMJ New World Albums chart. As a member of the band, Dajczer has been nominated for a 2005 Juno Award and a Canadian Folk Music Award, also winning the Galaxie Rising Star Award. She has also performed and recorded with Half Moon Run, Ratchet Orchestra, and Geoff Berner, among other artists.In 2008 Dajczer formed her own solo act Briga, playing "hybrid high-energy Balkan music" with four backing musicians from Montreal. A track from her debut album Diaspora went on to win Best Music at the 2010 Stepping Stone Film Festival. Her 2012 album Turbo Folk Stories mixes diverse genres, with the track "Moje Brat Mitko" described as "a mashup of French chanson, morose Balkan pop and creepy psychedelic rock, fueled by ominously tremoloing funeral organ." Turbo Folk was nominated in the Pushing the Boundaries category at the 8th Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2012, and that year also won the ADISQ Awards. In 2013 Briga won the Galaxie Rising Star Award, releasing her third solo album Wake in 2014. As an educator she has hosted classes and fiddle workshops in Europe, the US, and Canada. (en)
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