Gypsy Stars Taraf de Haïdouks & Kocani Orkestar to Perform at Blaze Festival 2011 in London

Taraf de Haïdouks
Two of the major Gypsy bands join forces to create a big band under the name Band of Gypsies. Their concert will take place Wednesday 6 July 2011 at Hackney Empire.

Taraf de Haïdouks and Kocani Orkestar are two of the most famous, emblematic and brilliant Balkan Gypsy bands.

Formed in 1991 the “band of honourable brigands” (“Taraf de Haïdouks”) is celebrating its 20th anniversary by launching an ambitious project: a kind of Balkan big band, in which the 13 Taraf musicians and singers are joined by the 13 members of Macedonia’s Kocani Orkestar, one of the top brass bands around.

Be ready for a wildly entertaining evening of raucous new music and exhilarating arrangements of old favorites as the swirling and fiery violins, cimbaloms and accordions of Taraf de Haïdouks battle it out with the mighty, funky brass and percussion of Kocani Orkestar.

Expect the unexpected as the two bands draw on traditional music from the Romanian countryside, urban Balkan pop, medieval ballads oriental brass band music, Turkish influences and even Bollywood film music in what promises to be an unforgettable encounter between two of the world’s finest Gypsy bands.

Taraf de Haidouks recordings available:

Kocani Orkestar recordings available:

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