La Panika
La Panika
La Panika
La Panika
La Panika
La Panika
La Panika
La Panika
La Panika
La Panika
La Panika
La Panika


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  • country:France
  • style(s):Balkan, Brass
  • label:La Compagnie du Tire-Laine
  • type:Band, Composer/Songwriter
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
  • artist posted by:La Cie du Tire-Laine

Line up

  • APAZ DEMIR SEVGILIM  (Clarinet, singing)
  • BENITO BLANCQUAERT  (Saxophon alto & soprano, singing)
  • CEDRIC GILMANT  (Tuba Tenor)
  • CHRISTIAN LAISNE  (Tuba bass)
  • MITKO CHAKAROV  (Trompet)
  • PESHO ELMAZOV  (Accordion)
  • VINCENT HOUZIAUX  (Tuba, Soubassophon)


La Panika is a part of fifteen formations of the Compagnie du Tire-Laine, one of the symbolic collectives of the region of Lille (north of France) where become entangled gypsy musics, klezmers and the other swings gipsies.

Brass band but not just that, La Panika is the fruit of one thousand meetings, one thousand tumults, one thousand madnesses, one thousand events... Benito BLANCQUAERT, leader and amazing saxophonist of the formation, meets in 1996 Arnaud VAN LANCKER (Nono), artistic director and founder of the Compagnie du Tire-Laine. The projects fuse. He plays in " Sergan Le Rom " then with the musicians of the Taraf Borzo, notably together with Jean-Pierre LIETAR, highly skilled trumpeter with whom he dashes into an unforgettable tour during which he crosses the Grand Bulgarian Master clarinettist Yvo PAPASOV or still Mladen MALAKOV.

In 2001, Benito discovers in the Ghent streets the accordionist Pesho ELMAZOV a rom of Bulgaria, and it is the artistic love at first sight . Meetings which sealed the fate of Panika, that of the Pesho ELMAZOV, Jean-Pierre LIETAR and Benito BLANCQUAERT is naturally a part of it. It is the beginning of a brotherly friendship. The soul of La PANIKA was born, a brass band " bulgaro-franco-belge ".

With main part", Vincent HOUZIAUX, Christian LAISNE, Cedric GILMANT (tubas), Gaspard VANARDOIS (banjoiste of Taraf Dekale and guitarist of the Taraf Borzo) and Theophile DEMARCQ (percussionist of Swing Gadje and Taraf Dekale), Panika became an inescapable brass band of the gypsy musics of the Balkans, strongly influenced by the roms musics of the Black Sea. The group counts at the moment more than 150 wanderings and concerts, and so confirms its European dimension.

More recently, Apaz DEMIR SEVGILIM (clarinets) and Mitko CHAKAROV ( trumpet), two outstanding musicians, direct descendants of the lineage of musicians' big roms families which immortalize for centuries, generation after generation, their directory in the region of Shumen in Bulgaria, bring to La Panika this unique and incredibly gypsy breath