"Gypsy brass band fra Romania"
Balkanmusikk har fått en utrolig popularitet i hele Europa de siste årene og Fanfare Ciocarlia fra Romania er regnet for å være det mest betydningsfulle av alle balkanbrassband, og det tøffeste live-bandet!
Following the release of "Gili Garabdi" in spring 2005, which promptly landed at number 1 in the WMCE Top 10, FANFARE CIOCARLIA travelled throughout Europe to record with musicians from the continent's extended Romany community. Overcoming borders and visas, foreign tongues and rhythms, more than two dozen musicians from France to Bulgaria came together to create "Queens and Kings" an extraordinary celebration of Gypsy songs. Casual observers may wonder how Fanfare Ciocărlia's roaring Balkan funk could possibly fuse with the flamenco guitars of French Gitans Kaloome or Macedonian legend Esma Redzepova's accordion driven music? Zece Prajini's musical magicians shrug off such concerns, noting that they share elements of language, experience, and an almost indescribable yet very Gypsy musical synergy with their guests. Hungarian music has permeated northern Romania for centuries, while Yugoslav and Bulgarian music came from encounters with travelling Gypsy communities or on pirate cassettes. Spain and France existed in pre-war memories, lost yet not forgotten Latin connections; as did jazz and pop flavours long filtered through closed borders." From these sources and their own ancient Gypsy roots, Zece Prajini's musicians built Fanfare Ciocărlia. Here, accompanied by some of Europe's finest singers, Romania's brass dervishes share tales of life, love and loss. "Queens and Kings" celebrates unity in diversity while standing as a testament to the vision of Ioan Ivancea, Fanfare Ciocărlia's clarinet-playing patriarch, who died in October 2006. To Ioan then, a true Gypsy King, this album is dedicated.
Guests: Saban Bajramovic - † (Serbia), Esma Redzepova (Macedonia), Jony Iliev (Bulgaria), Ljiljana Butler (Bosnia), Dan Armeanca (Romania), Mitsou (Hungary), Kaloome (France), Kal (Serbia) and Florentina Sandu (Romania)
The album "Queens and Kings" has been released February 23rd 2007 on Asphalt Tango Records.
Zece Prajini (literally meaning 'ten fields') is a village of just four hundred souls, surrounded by gentle mountains and dusty tracks. Situated in the East of Romania, it is no more than a stone's throw from the border with the former Soviet republic of Moldavia. This area of Romania is known for its rugged seclusion and the stubborn poetry of its inhabitants. In the evenings, when the winds calm down, the sounds of the fanfare echo from the surrounding slopes. This is the home of the twelve Romany Gypsy musicians who make up the FANFARE CIOCARLIA brass ensemble.
The art of playing music has been handed down from generation to generation since time immemorial. There is no sheet music. The instruments, bearing the marks of the previous decades, have lost their shine and gained their own patina. On them FANFARE CIOCARLIA manage to set off a musical firework display, with an unbelievable talent for intricate rhythms and dizzy tempos. Traditional dances from Romania and rhythms from Turkey, Bulgaria and Macedonia are played on horns, trumpets, clarinets and timpani. For each different moment in life there is an appropriate piece: geamparale, sîrba, hora, and if the mood requires, a racy ruseasca at the end.
Meanwhile the stars of Gypsy Brass toured almost every country and continent one can think of and even were invited to throw DANNY ELFMAN's 50's birthday party in musical terms down in Hollywood.
The party FANFARE CIOCARLIA kicks off just after entering the stage and which drives everyone sheer mad was also put on celluloid. Director Ralf Marschalleck, Berlin, visualized the two exciting but so different worlds the musicians of the Gypsy Brass Band FANFARE CIOCARLIA live in: the tiny Gypsy village Zece Prajini in Romania and their life on the big concert stages abroad. The full length road movie "Iag Bari Brass On Fire" for cinema release features the musicians' life which is based on an old tradition, a tradition which was discovered by an international fan community to assuage a hunger for a Balkan atmosphere and unleashing brass music. Furthermore the German film director FATIH AKIN fit the musicians in several scenes of his acclaimed movie "HEAD ON", which won the Golden Bear at the International Filmfestival in Berlin 2004. Right now FANFARE CIOCARLIA again is represented in the cinemas all around the world - their cover version of "Born To Be Wild" makes part of the soundtrack of "BORAT".
At the end of October 2004 Asphalt Tango Records released the first DVD of FANFARE CIOCARLIA featuring an entire LIVE CONCERT, the movie 'IAG BARI', two VIDEOCLIPS, a cinematic self-portrait in 8mm by the musicians of the band plus more surprising insights into the life of the Speed Demons of Gypsy Brass.
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