"Brass Noir - On the Trans-Balkan Highway" - Various Artists: Boban Markovic, Fanfare Ciocarlia & more
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- Artist:Various Artists: Boban Markovic, Fanfare Ciocarlia & more
- featured artist:Boban Markovic, Boris Kovac, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Darko Rundek, Fanfara Tirana, Frank London's KBA, Mercan Dede
- region:Gypsy and Balkan
- release year:2011
- catalogue numberPIR2546
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Brass Noir presents some of the most renowned artists of the Balkan, seleced by DJ Robert Soko the inventor of the popular BalkanBeat Party, featuring Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar, the undisputed kings of Balkan Brass and Fanfare Ciocarlia, the fastest Brass Band in the world, both known from the internationally successful Balkan Brass Battle.
The Balkan's Autoput is like Germany's Autobahn. Initiated by Marshall Tito in the 50ies as the „Road of Brotherhood and Unity“, in the 60ies and 70ies it became the much frequented holiday route for Yugo, Greek and Turkish „Gastarbeiter“ from Germany and Austria, tourists to southeastern Europe and exhausted lorry drivers heading for the Orient.
Today you can again drive along it in peace, but take care: the historical labyrinth is always there. Here is the soundtrack to cruise your own trans-balkan highway, between love and disaster, violence and melancholy, romance and abyss.
"Balkan Brass from Berlin's deadliest Piranhas: [...] Robert Soko has compiled 13 tunes from a variety of Piranha releases. Soko's aim is not to simplify raid the back catalogue for a brass sampler but to select particularly atmospheric brass recordings that suggest a road trip through former Yugoslavia. [...] Balkan music lovers may own most of the tunes here but Brass Noir is that rare thing: A Balkan brass album that can soundtrack a quiet evening in"Songlines March 12
"fomidable selection"fomidable selection
"Wer sich seither gerne auf Balkan-Beatparties vergnügt wird auch seinen Namen kennen: DJ Robert Soko, der diesen extrem infizierten Sampler kompiliert hat. Alle teilnehmenden Combos bringen traditionell reichlich Blechgebläse mit ins Studio [...]. Knapp 60 extrem unterhaltsame - mit Balkan-Pop, Klezmer, Jazz und Dance virtuos jonglierende - Minuten lang wird dem Trans-Balkan-Highway Tribut gezollt."Saarbrücker Zeitung Feb 2012
"a magnificent outburst of freedom mingled strength and fragility, laughter and tears, brief life in all this humanity."Axelle Mag April 2012