With trumpets, saxophones, clarinet, baritones, helicons and percussion Fanfara play brass band music for dancing. They regularly play with Roma musicians from Serbia, Romania and Macedonia and have studied in Cuba with carnival brass musicians. In August 2010, the band together with Polina were the first ever UK performers at Guca Trumpet Festival, Serbia. Under the guest direction of Russian virtuoso vocalist Polina Skovoroda, they blend traditional, revolutionary, and dancing songs with fast and soulful brass band music.
Born in Siberia, Polina learned music as a child around the family table. Now an internationally renowned singer of Russian and Yiddish song, she performs with an explosive mixture of powerful rhythm and profound melodies. Traditional yet modern, she brings the songs of the Steppes and the Shtetl up to date with passion and haunting soul.
Based in Brighton, the full band Fanfara have been performing across the UK since 2003, with up to twelve brass and percussion players. Fanfara accompany Polina in the style of Eastern European brass bands, the best know being the Roma groups of master musicians; Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania), Boban Markovic (Serbia) and Original Kocani Orkestar (Macedonia).
Date: Thu 25th Nov 2010
Time: 7pm - 10pm