“Devil ‘s Tale” is the title of the disc by Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia, produced by Berlin label Asphalt Tango Records and stable at the forefront of the World Music Chart Europe. Adrian Raso is a Canadian guitarist, who has had a good record production, for the most part focused on its main stylistic references, namely the tradition of manuche guitar and Eastern European and Mediterranean sounds, reinterpreted through excellent technical skills but also a refined and tidy musical taste. The Fanfare Ciocarlia is (as many now know) a Romanian brass band. We could say that represented important opening through which the folk-inspired music of Eastern European succeeded – thanks to a process that is still underway and that is giving interesting results, because a glimpse of unexpected and original solutions – to carve out a space in the European and mainstream music scene. The components of the Ciocarlia come from a small village in the north-east of Romania and, until the mid -nineties, the activities of musicians was relegated mainly at weddings and baptisms (as tradition dictates). The turning point for the ensemble (which now includes, in addition to a set of drums, trumpets, bass and baritone horn, saxophone, clarinet) came in the second half of the nineties, when Henry Ernst and Helmut Neumann – founders of Asphalt Tango, that was then just a booking agency – have decided to coordinate the group and take it on tour. Since then, the fanfare, in addition to having played all over the world, has produced seven albums: “Radio PASCANI” (1998), “Baro Biao. World Wide Wedding” (1999), “IAG Bari The Gypsy Horns From The Mountains Beyond” ( 2001),”Gili Garalbi. Ancient Secrets of Gypsy Brass” (2005), “Queens and Kings” (2007), “Live!”(2009) and “Balkan Brass Legends” feat. Boban & Marko Marcovic Orkestar (2011). “Devil ‘s Tale”, though it retains the evident stamp of Fanfare, is distinguished by the way with which the Ciocarlia has been able to communicate with the incursions of Adrian Raso chordophones (who is joined by other instruments: mandolin by John Jorgenson, guitar by Rodrigo – part of the duo Rodrigo y Gabriela – the jew ‘s harp by Michael Metsler, electric bass by Marc Elsner, drums and percussion Kevin Figueiredo and Kai Schönburg), establishing an overall comparison that gives its best fruits in the general atmosphere of the album, in the arrangements (less heavy and rhythmic than the fanfare is used to do) and in the structures of the songs, which are very open and flexible.
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