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The Cleveland Museum of Art says
Fanfare Ciocărlia
Wed, 4/13
7:30 p.m.
Gartner Auditorium
$53–$69, CMA members $48–$62

Fanfare Ciocărlia is one of the world’s greatest live bands, its energy and ingenuity having won the band fans from Melbourne to Memphis, Tokyo to Toulouse. Having learnt their craft at the feet of their fathers and grandfathers Fanfare’s members proudly approach every concert as a challenge to both entertain audiences and keep the true spirit of Gypsy music alive.

When Fanfare Ciocărlia—the brass orchestra from the “hidden” village of Zece Prăjini in northeastern Romania—takes the stage the crowd receives 100% Gypsy music. Zece Prăjini’s isolation—situated in a misty valley, the valley’s dirt roads are occupied by flocks of geese and horse and carts; here live eighty Gypsy farming families who live a traditional rural lifestyle dictated by nature’s seasons—meant that under communism the village remained hidden from the outside world. Somehow the ancient Ottoman tradition of brass bands accompanying armies, weddings, and funerals continued to exist here when it had long died out in the rest of Romania. And when Henry Ernst, a young German music fan, wandered into the village in 1996 he found a living tradition that he knew the world would embrace.

And so it did. Fanfare Ciocărlia—whose name translates as “lark’s song”—conquered Europe in 1997, its furious live blast appealing to punks and headbangers, jazz and funk fans, world music aficionados, and those who simply love music that sounds absolutely unique. Even the classical world embraced Fanfare Ciocărlia and it has since performed at many prestigious philharmonic halls. The Romanian’s breakneck speed, technical chops, ripping rhythms, and sweet-and-sour horns is quite different from any other brass band on earth. Everyone who heard Fanfare Ciocărlia agreed on one thing—no brass band had ever played as fast as this before. Make that two things: no brass band had ever sounded like this before! Fanfare Ciocărlia went on to conquer the USA, Japan, and Australia. The Gypsies may only have spoken their local Romany dialect but their music spoke an international language and audiences responded to their fierce Balkan funk by turning concerts into parties. What Fanfare Ciocărlia played was something new. The Times of London described it as “a heavy, heavy monster sound” and Fanfare’s recordings have taken their eerie Balkan groove into dance clubs across the planet.

Having debuted in Cleveland in 2013 to tremendous acclaim on the museum’s Ohio City Stages summer series, Fanfare Ciocărlia returns for its first-ever appearance in Gartner Auditorium.
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By: The Cleveland Museum of Art

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