Kocani Orkestar

Kocani Orkestar
The Ravished Bride - new cd coming soon


The Ravished Bride
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  • country:Macedonia, FYR
  • region:Balkan
  • style(s):Brass, Gypsy
  • label:Crammed Discs
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
  • artist submitted by:Divano Production


Oriental brass bands are a Gypsy
specialty throughout the Balkan
region, from Serbia to Macedonia.
These brass bands were created in
the 19th century, in imitation of
Turkish military brass bands which
had replaced the traditional
ensembles based on oboes and
drums. The sound of Oriental brass
bands was introduced to larger parts
of the Western public by the
soundtrack of Emir Kusturica's film

Performed by two trumpets, three
tubas, saxophone, clarinet, zurla
(traditional oboe) and percussion,
their style of music is aptly described
in their region as Romska Orientalna
Musika - 'Rom' meaning 'Gypsy'. It is
a potent mixture of powerful brass
band sounds, Turkish/Bulgarian
rhythms (including characteristic
asymetrical time signatures such as
7/8, 9/8 etc., which are sometimes
called 'Aksak' in traditional Turkish
music), and Eastern-style solos
which are at the same time very
skillful, inspired and wild.

The material comes from a variety of
sources: traditional dance music
from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia,
Turkey, elements of rumba and
salsa, and even Indian film music.
Their album's title-track (