Kočani Orkestar

Alone at my Wedding


With their new, expanded line-up, mighty Macedonian brass band Kočani Orkestar are wilder than ever, getting the entire audience up on their feet & dancing at every concert. Their music is still based on Gypsy tunes from various parts of the Balkans and on Turkish/Bulgarian rhythms, with a sprinkle of Latin flavor ... but this album is particularly devoted to the repertoire played by Gypsy bands during wedding celebrations in Macedonia. This enables the Kočani Orkestar to transcend the strict boundaries of the brass band genre: half of the tracks showcase the vocal talents of their two new singers (charismatic, young Aljur Azizov and accordionist Zlate Nikolov), and there are several small ensemble pieces featuring instruments such as darbuka, banjo and clarinet. The band's popular trademark thundering style is present as ever, with its powerful rhythm section (drummer + four tubas) which rocks like a mutant Balkan funk band, and its wailing, passionate soloists (Ismail Saliev on sax, Turan Gaberov on trumpet and Deladin Demirov on clarinet).

Über die Autorin / über den Autor:

The Kočani Orkestar comes from the city of Kočani, in the F. Y. Republic of Macedonia. It is the most famous exponent of the style described in their region as Romska Orientalna Musika (Oriental Gypsy Band). Oriental brass bands are a Gypsy specialty throughout the Balkan region, from Serbia to Macedonia. These brass bands were created in the 19th century, in imitation of the military brass bands of the Turkish janissaries which had replaced the traditional ensembles based on oboes and drums.

Preis: CHF 28.00
Art: CD
Erschienen: 2002
Verlag: Crammed Discs