Fanfare Ciocărlia

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Fanfare Ciocarlia
Fanfare Ciocarlia are a 24-legged brass beast whose eastern funk groove has torn up halls and festivals across the planet. Their energy and ingenuity having won them fans from Melbourne to Memphis, Tokyo to Toulouse. Having learnt their craft at the feet of their fathers and grandfathers Fanfare's members proudly approach every concert as a challenge to both entertain audiences and keep the true spirit of Gypsy music alive. Fanfare Ciocarlia went on to conquer the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. The Gypsies may only have spoken their local Romany dialect but their music spoke an international language and audiences responded to their fierce Balkan funk by turning concerts into parties. What Fanfare Ciocarlia played was something new. The Times of London described it as "a heavy, heavy monster sound" and Fanfare's recordings have taken their eerie Balkan groove into dance clubs across the planet.


Fanfare Ciocărlia Discography Tracks


Fanfare Ciocărlia Radio Pașcani (Album) Piranha Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Fanfare Ciocărlia Baro Biao: World Wide Wedding (Album) Piranha Germany 1999 Sell This Version
CD-PIR1577 Fanfare Ciocărlia Iag Bari(CD, Enh) Piranha CD-PIR1577 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
Fanfare Ciocărlia Gili Garabdi - Ancient Secrets Of Gypsy Brass (Album) Asphalt Tango Records Serbia and Montenegro 2005 Sell This Version
Fanfare Ciocărlia Queens And Kings (Album) Asphalt Tango Records, Asphalt Tango Records Germany 2007 Sell This Version
CD-ATR 2309 Fanfare Ciocărlia Live(CD + DVD, Album) Asphalt Tango Records CD-ATR 2309 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
Boban & Marko Marković Orchestra* Versus Fanfare Ciocărlia Boban & Marko Marković Orchestra* Versus Fanfare Ciocărlia - Balkan Brass Battle (Album) Asphalt Tango Records Serbia 2011 Sell This Version
Adrian Raso And Fanfare Ciocărlia Adrian Raso And Fanfare Ciocărlia - Devil's Tale (Album) Asphalt Tango Records Canada 2013 Sell This Version
Fanfare Ciocărlia Onwards To Mars! (Album) Asphalt Tango Records Germany 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EC030 Fanfare Ciocărlia vs G-Flux Fanfare Ciocărlia vs G-Flux - Alili(7") Electric Cowbell Records EC030 US 2015 Sell This Version


LP-ATR 2409 Fanfare Ciocărlia Best Of Gypsy Brass(LP, Comp) Asphalt Tango Records LP-ATR 2409 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
LP-ATR 5316 Fanfare Ciocărlia 20(2xLP, Comp, 180) Asphalt Tango Records LP-ATR 5316 Germany 2016 Sell This Version


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December 16, 2015
Fanfare Ciocarlia, Koko - world music review: magnificent party animals

What's red, gold and black and is the best party animal on the planet? Unquestionably it’s the brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia. If you can’t go and see them in their remote Gypsy village in northeast Romania — which you can — it’s hard to imagine a better location than Camden’s scarlet glitterball music hall, Koko.

The dozen-strong band are red-shirted at the front, with glistening trumpets, saxes and percussion, plus a backline in black of baritones and tubas. The rhythms are punchy, the tunes are catchy and the dancing comes easily. The crazy ebullience, the showmanship and sheer pace of the playing seems spontaneous, but it’s well-honed through years of touring. Led by clarinet and sax player Oprica Ivancea, they’re slick, but with just the right rough edges and everyone gets their solo moment.

There’s minimal division between the band on stage and a wild, youthful audience in the hall. The energy goes round in a figure of eight — out from the band into the audience who are jumping, waving, snogging and back into the band who drive it to further frenzy. After the concert was over and the stage was being cleared, Ciocarlia were down with the audience for an instant after-show party. Magnificent.

Simon Broughton was blown away by the crazy ebullience of this exuberant Romanian brass band

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