Hudba sveta Žilina
World Music Žilina
15.-16. March


15th March 2018, Mestské divadlo Žilina, 19:00
BraAgas (CZ)
Flaco de Nerja Flamenco Ensembel (ES/SK/RS/AT)

15. marec 2018, Rosenfeldov palác , 15:00
Flamenco workshop

16th March 2018, Stanica Žilina - Záriečie, 19:00
Rusín Čendeš Orchestra (SK)
Cimbaliband (HU)

17th April 2018, Dom odborov Žilina, 19:00
Balkansambel/FS Rozsutec projekt "Len tak" (SK)


Fanfare Ciocărlia (Romania) is one of the most famous brass bands in the word performing unrestrained and lively Balkan music. Undoubtedly, they are one of the most remarkable bands within this musical genre. Their virtuosity, energy and creativity have brought them many fans from Melbourne, Tokio to Vroclav. Thanks to their fathers and grandfathers they have learned to play the music which was formed from generation to generation. Fanfare Ciocăia perceives each performance as a new challenge including the commitment to bring a lot of joy and happiness to their audience, as well as to share the authentic spirit of the still living Gypsy music.

The members come from Zece Prăjini, a small village located in the northeast of Romania. About 80 Gypsy families live there in harmony with nature and traditional style of agriculture. During the communist era, the village was totally isolated from the outside world. Maybe that it is why the tradition of brass band is still alive and accompanying each wedding and funeral.

In October 1996 a German music producer Henry Ernst came to Zece Prăjini and proposed some local musicians to form a band. They picked the band name Fanfare Ciocărlia - Fanfare is a French word which penetrates into the Romania language and defines a brass orchestra while Ciocărlia is a Romanian word meaning a lark. From the moment Ernst, who is their manager, discovered them, the band has already played about two thousand concerts in dozens of countries around the world. Since when they have been discovered by Ernst, their current manager, the band has already performed about two thousand gigs in dozens of countries all around the world. Their creativity, directness and openness along with a touch of musical insane appeal to punk music fans, demanding jazz experts, world music lovers, folk music lovers, and to all who are simply open to a good music. Even though they sing only in the Romanian dialect, their music allows them to communicate clearly and it becomes comprehensible throughout the world. No matter where they play, the audience is always enthusiastic.

The band has released 10 albums. Each of them has received recognition from both listeners and critics. The band has cooperated with many artists from different parts of the world (Puerto Candelaria - Colombia, Adrian Raso - Canada, Kodo Drummers - Japan, Boban & Marko Markovic - Serbia, Esma Redzepova - Macedonia, Transglobal Underground - UK, etc.). Their music has also appeared in movies like Head in the Wall by Fatih Akin, Crime Ferpekcyjna by Álexa de la Iglesia and even in Borat, as well as in many advertisings all around the world (IKEA, Louis Vuitton, Guinness, etc.).

In 2016 Fanfare Ciocărlia celebrated its 20th anniversary and it has performed about one thousand gigs in China, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Mexico, USA/Canada and so on.

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