Band Of Gypsies
- instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
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Territory: Germany / Austria / Switzerland
Period: 2012: October / December --- 2013: March / April
Taraf de Haidouks and Kocani Orkestar are undoubtedly two of the most famous and emblematic Balkan Gypsy bands.
Started in 1991 in the small Romanian village of Clejani, the "band of honourable brigands" (that's the literal translation of
"Taraf de Haidouks") is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by launching an ambitious project: a kind of Balkan big
band, in which the 13 Taraf musicians and singers are joined by the 13 members of Macedonia's Kocani Orkestar, one of
the top brass bands around.
The name of this collaborative ensemble, Band Of Gypsies, is (among others) a reference to Taraf de Haidouks milestone
2001 album, which included three tracks in collaboration with Kocani Orkestar. This time the plan is more ambitious: all the
pieces of this entirely new repertoire are written, arranged and performed by an impressive, 26-piece orchestra, which
explores all the contrasts between the two bands' rich, respective textures. The swirling and fiery violins, cimbalums and
accordions of Taraf de Haidouks are engaging in exciting combinations and interplay with the mighty, funky brass and
percussion of Kocani Orkestar.
The compositions dig deep into the various sources which have been inspiring the two bands for years: traditional music from the Romanian countryside, urban Balkan pop, medieval ballads, so-called oriental brass band music, Turkish influences, even Bollywood film music...
Current Album: 'Band of Gypsies 2' (Crammed Discs / Indigo 2011)