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Album Review

Technically speaking, this isn't a new live album at all. Instead, it's a label reworking of the band's 2005 DVD The Story of the Band as a live CD with bonus DVD, which is a good thing for fans who don't have the earlier release. The music was recorded in Berlin in 2004, when Ioan Ivancea was still alive and Fanfare Ciocãrlia were roaring on all cylinders, scorching up and down the material, stopping and turning on a dime while roaring like the very best Balkan brass band, which they were at the time. The music is fabulous, and the DVD, Iag Bari — Brass on Fire, complements it perfectly, tracing Fanfare Ciocãrlia on tour and showing their rural home in Romania. It's worth the price for the music alone, but the DVD provides a mouth-watering bonus of Balkan brass.


Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

Fanfare Ciocarlia is a brass band of Gypsy heritage that adeptly manages to straddle two very different worlds. After playing together as a unit for less than six years, the band's 11 members can perform joyously throughout the customary 30 hours that some of their traditional ceremonies can last, and equally as well on a concert stage half way around the world. On Saturday night band members could entertain wedding guests in Zece Prajini, their Gypsy village located in eastern Romania, and by Sunday...
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