Bubamara Brass Band
Balkanteka (Sketis Music SKMRon104, 2013)
Although most of the focus is on Serbian, Romanian and Macedonian brass bands, Russian also has its lively Gypsy brass band scene. Bubamara Brass Band is a vibrant band from Moscow that mixes Balkan brass sounds with Middle Eastern belly dancing percussion.
Balkanteka , Bubamara Brass Band latest release features one of the stars of the international brass band scene, Serbian trumpeter Marko Markovic from the Orchestra Boban and Marko Markovic.
Most of the material performed by Bubamara Brass Band consists of original pieces by bandleader Alexander Kashtanov. The group also plays a classic gypsy Serbian song titled “Caje Sukarije” and the famous Macedonian song “Zajdi, Zajdi Jasno Sonce”.
The lineup includes Nataliya Zherenkova on vocal, violin; Aleksandar Kashtanov on alto sax, flute, guitar, zills; Nikolay Moiseenko on alto sax; Konstantin Safyanov on alto sax; Oleg Grymov on clarinets, soprano sax; Sergey Serov on trombone, bass trumpet, vocals; Arhip Samsonov on baritone horn; Artem Koryapin on baritone horn, trumpet; Dmitriy Karev on accordion; Andrey Timofeev on tuba; Iliya Lipatov on drums; Alexandr Vtorov on drums; Artem Uzunov on darbuka, cajon; and Marko Markovic on trumpet.
Bubamara Brass Band showcases a seductive mix of infectious rhythms, vocals and galvanizing brass sounds.
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.