Fanfare Ciocarlia

The musicians from the Roma brass band, FANFARE CIOCÂRLIA, come from the northeastern Romanian village of Zece Prajni where they began as a loose assemblage of part-time musicians playing at local weddings and baptisms. Their instrumental lineup includes trumpets, tenor and baritone horns, tubas, clarinets, saxaphones, bass drum and percussion. Their song lyrics are usually either in Romani or Romanian. Their musical style stems primarily from the traditions of Roma and Romanian folk dance music, but they also borrow freely from Turkish, Bulgarian, Serbian and Macedonian musical styles, and they incorporate a number of tunes gleaned from international radio, Hollywood and Bollywood in their broad repertoire as well. They are best known for a very fast, high-energy sound, with complex rhythms and high-speed, staccato clarinet, saxophone and trumpet solos, sometimes performed at more than 200 beats per minute. They are also known for using no sheet music in their performances, sometimes randomly blasting their horns and clarinets in the middle of a song, and for playing old, battered instruments onstage. In 2006, the band won the BBC Radio 3 World Music Award for Europe. Their latest release is entitled Queens and Kings.
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