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Emerging around the beginning of the 19th century, Gypsy brass bands developed from Turkish military bands.; The performing ensemble on this release, Fanfara din Cozmesti, is one of the most well known Romanian Gypsy brass bands performing today.; This release includes an extensive booklet with information about the fifteen band members and each of the songs on the album.
Personnel: Stefan Nitica, Grigore Manolea (clarinet); Dumitru Chiriac, Sînel Oprica, Stelian Costandache, Stelica Grigoras (trumpet); Grigore Chiriac, Ion Bulgaru (euphonium); Constantin Lucan (tuba); Neculai Grigoras (drums).
Audio Mixer: Cristi Sandu.
Liner Note Author: Diz Heller.
Recording information: Estratus Studio, Bucharest, Romania.
Despite centuries of persecution, the gypsy musical tradition still thrives throughout Europe in its streets, bars, and cafes. The 13-piece Romanian gypsy brass band Fanfara Din Cozmesti, a multi-purpose outfit that performs at religious events as well as social occasions, is one of the many musical branches of this vibrant culture. Their music may be rooted in the military bands of the 19th century Ottoman Empire, but tunes like "Cantecul Miresi," "Batuta," and "Sarba Verisorilor" are polyrhythmic, Eastern influenced, and often raucously cheerful.