Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar
Devla (Piranha Musik, November 10, 2009)
Few Eastern European brass bands can match the vitality and innovation of Serbian band Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar, which is led by trumpet master Boban Markovic and his son Marko. Two generations of a legendary Gypsy family join forces to provide a powerhouse of brass virtuosity and infectious energy that has jumped from village celebrations to the dancefloors of the hippest Central European clubs.
Some pieces on Devla: Blown Away to Dancefloor Heaven are downright funky, with a powerful rhythm section composed of drums, bass and bass brass instrumentation. The album includes unexpected elements in a brass band such as, rapping, flamenco, darbuka percussion, and even a bagpipe solo.
Devla: Blown Away to Dancefloor Heaven includes veteran Serbian singers like Rade Krstić whom Marković lured out of his decades-long retirement, the Louis Armstrong-inspired Ljubiša Stojanović as well as rising stars like Bulgaria’s Sofi Marinova and Sergbian Gypsy Mustafa Šabanović.
With Devla: Blown Away to Dancefloor Heaven, the Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar shows us an impressive range of brass talent and a joyous mix of Balkan and Gypsy sounds.
Buy the album:
- In North America: Devla (Mp3). Other recordings available: Boban I Marko Balkan Brass Fest, The Promise, Live in Belgrade, Go Marko Go!, Zlatna Truba, Millennium
- In Europe: Devla: Blown Away to Dancefloor Heaven. Boban I Marko Balkan Brass Fest, Go Marko Go!, The Promise, Bistra Reka – Clear River, Millennium
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.