Considered one of the world’s greatest live bands, Fanfare Ciocarlia (“Fanfara Ciocarlia” in Romanian langauge), a group of Roma (or Gypsy) musicians from a remote village in North-East of Romania, has played more than 1000 concerts all over the world since 90s. Their story is covered by the US newspaper Chicago Tribune.
“In a remote part of Romania, parties only get started when heavy brass is involved. The ensemble Fanfare Ciocarlia knows this, and its 11 musicians include trumpets, tubas, baritone and tenor horns, as well as drummers. This low-end weight is no barrier to its speed: Even before drinks flow, the band zooms through ecstatic dance tunes at hundreds of beats per minute.”
The musicians were discovered by a German producer, Henry Ernst, in 1996, and they were convinced by him to assemble. The band’s name Fanfare Ciocarlia, is made of a the French word for brass band-Fanfare, and Ciocarlia-means skylark, in Romanian.
“Centuries ago, Romania was a part of the Ottoman Empire, and the tricky rhythms and melodies of Turkish music runs through Ciocarlia’s repertoire. Trifan adds that Gypsy, also known as Roma, musicians have also preserved the songs from waves of nationalities that have passed through his country, such as Greeks, Ukrainians and Hungarians.”
One of the latest show of Fanfare Ciocarlia was at the Nobel prize concert, in the end of last year, in Oslo.
LIVE IN OSLO, 2012:
BBC DOCUMENTARY- “FANFARE CIOCARLIA”, 2013: