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NEW ALBUM \ Int. Release date: 17th of January 2014 Lable: www.asphalt-tango.de Artist online: www.facebook.com/FanfareCiocarlia   Legend has it that the Devil likes to frequent crossroads, cutting deals for souls and spinning his cunning yarns. Yet not all crossroad pacts are diabolical; some are just damned brilliant. Take the crossroads encount...
Photo by: Fanfare Ciocarlia
Photo by: Fanfare Ciocarlia
Photo by: Fanfare Ciocarlia
Photo by: Fanfare Ciocarlia
Photo by: Fanfare Ciocarlia
New album "Devil's Tale" out on Asphalt Tango Records January 17th, 2014.

Forget "Balkan Beats," forget the hype, here comes the real deal:

Fanfare Ciocărlia are one of the world's greatest live bands, their energy and ingenuity having won them fans from Melbourne to Memphis, Tokyo to Toulouse. Having learned 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.

When Fanfare Ciocărlia - the brass orchestra from the "hidden" village of Zece Prăjini in northeastern Romania - take the stage, the crowd receives 100% Gypsy music. Zece Prăjini's isolation - situated in a misty valley, the valley's dirt roads are occupied by flocks of geese and horse and carts; here live eighty Gypsy farming families who live a traditional rural lifestyle dictated by nature's seasons - meant that under communism the village remained hidden from the outside world. Somehow, the ancient Ottoman tradition of brass bands accompanying armies, weddings, and funerals continued to exist here when it had long died out in the rest of Romania. And when Henry Ernst, a young German music fan, wandered into the village in 1996, he found a living tradition that he knew the world would embrace.

And so they did: Fanfare Ciocărlia - whose name translates as "lark's song" - conquered Europe in 1997, their furious live blast appealing to punks and headbangers, jazz and funk fans, world music aficionados, and those who simply love music that sounds absolutely unique. Even the classical world embraced Fanfare Ciocărlia, and they have since performed at many prestigious philharmonic halls. The Romanians' breakneck speed, technical chops, ripping rhythms, and sweet and sour horns are quite different from any other brass band on earth. Everyone who heard Fanfare Ciocărlia agreed on one thing - no brass band had ever played as fast as this before. Make that two things: no brass band had ever sounded like this before!

Fanfare Ciocărlia went on to conquer the USA, Japan, 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 Ciocărlia 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.

Along the way, Fanfare Ciocărlia have been celebrated by critics and championed in all kinds of media: they star in several films (Ralf Marschalleck's "Iag Bari" follows the band on tour across Europe, while Fatih Akin's "Head On" has them ripping up Berlin's clubs), own the cover of "Princes Amongst Men" (Garth Cartwright's acclaimed book on Romany musical culture), were commissioned by Sacha Baron Cohen to cut the biker anthem "Born to Be Wild" for the "Borat" soundtrack, and have been sampled and covered, championed and emulated, by countless DJs, bands, and Gypsy orchestras. Their radical reinterpretations of popular Western standards - including the James Bond Theme and Duke Ellington's "Caravan" - show how the Romanian orchestra effortlessly "Gypsifies" any music they get their horns on.

Besides making great music, Fanfare Ciocărlia have twice developed brilliant musical theatre - "Gypsy Queens & Kings" (which brought together many of Europe's greatest Romany musicians) and "Balkan Brass Battle" (which saw the Romanians face a Serbian orchestra) both toured the world to great acclaim.

Fanfare Ciocărlia have released eight albums, several of which have topped the European World Music charts. Their DVD "Brass on Fire" was acclaimed by Songlines magazine as "setting a new standard for music documentaries." They have played over 1,200 concerts and like to consider themselves "the hardest working band in the blow biz." Put simply: nobody does it better, harder, faster, funkier than Fanfare Ciocărlia.
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