Andrea Del Favero - Artistic Director of Folkest
Fanfara Tirana crossed my road in a quite peculiar moment of my life: when, after a sport accident I injuried my arm, and risked not to be able to hold my instrument any more. I was about to fall into a dark depressive state. I had already heard about the band and read on the presentation note that their music could even make "the dead dance". That's why even with an arm hanging from my neck I went to check them out right before a concert. I observed them and listened to them carefully during the setting of the stage, and while they warmed up their fingers and tuned the band for the sound check. Three bariton filicorns, three percussionists, a tuba, saxophones, trumpets and clarinets running one after the other in parossistic crescendos and above all the extraordinary voice of Niko Zela, a new expression in the fanfara style.
The whole scene left me astonished: Blossoming in front of me is a beautiful new musical creation. A real and contemporary sound, not just a tune of the moment. Deep roots digging into the solid grounds of tradition and style for greatly innovative tones. Thanks to this band the musical and cultural values of a whole country, that has been long abused by hystory and massacred by the media rise out to the light.
And now,ladies and gentlemen, the concert. A unique blasting impact, rumbling, with rolling of broken rythms, as those a balkanian band is expected of being caple of. Those 7/8 and 9/8 almost impossibile to read and "simple" kosovar and North Albanian 2/4 might be so associated to mideuropean polkas if only they weren't been bitten by a much more mediterranean tarantula.
The cry of sadness of the clarinet's solo digs you into deep sadness, throws you among the dark waves of Adriatic Sea and the mountains of South Albania and tells you about the laments of lost loves. But as soon as the band blend together again you have the most beautiful and enjoyable brass band of the whole Balcanian peninsula in front of you. As you listen to this CD and you may ask yourself where has this band been all this time, how could we have done without them? This is one of the best groups in Europe nowadays, capable of moving elderly and thrilling young listeners
For a party where newspaper rolled cigarettes are smoked, where the wine is genuine and sour, where beer is flowing , legs are dancing to the rythm and the volume is loud, very loudWe can enjoy Fanfara Tirana on CD at last: please play this Cd at a bloody loud volume. Thank you.