Thu 21.11.19


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Europalia Rumania: contemporary gypsy tradition!

Haidouks are back! After over three decades of touring the world, founding members of the jaw-droppingly fast Taraf de Haidouks, who are now known as Taraf de Caliu after their lead violinist Gheorghe 'Caliu' Anghel, are back in a brand new culture-clash outfit with leading figures from Romania’s underground scene. The legendary ‘Lautari’ musicians from the Gypsy village of Clejani west of Bucharest encounter the eclectic and electric Impex project, which brings together musicians from acts such as Steaua De Mare, Plevna, Zveena, Zebre and PC Harem, associated with Impex Studios in Bucharest. Six Haidouks and seven Impex blend tradition and contemporary music culture in a project that aims to stay true to the original spirit whilst making sparks fly.
Tradition is actually a contemporary matter. Conserving tradition by adapting it to a new era without losing the original spirit is the idea behind this project especially created for Europalia Romania. The aim is to build bridges between generations, between cultures, between tradition and modernity.

Fanfare Ciocărlia are a 24-legged brass beast whose eastern funk groove has torn up halls and festivals across the planet. Their energy and ingenuity having won them fans from Melbourne to Memphis, Tokyo to Toulouse. Having learnt their craft at the feet of their fathers and grandfathers Fanfare's members proudly approach every concert as a challenge to both entertain audiences and keep the true spirit of Gypsy music alive. Fanfare Ciocărlia went on to conquer the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. The Gypsies may only have spoken their local Romany dialect but their music spoke an international language and audiences responded to their fierce Balkan funk by turning concerts into parties. What Fanfare Ciocărlia played was something new. The Times of London described it as 'a heavy, heavy monster sound' and Fanfare's recordings have taken their eerie Balkan groove into dance clubs across the planet.

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Fanfare: fantastische muziek en sfeer. Ik sluit me aan bij vele opmerkingen over de zitplaatsen... was trouwens niet zo aangekondigd.
Muzikaal en qua sfeer echt geweldig! Het concert blijft me zeker bij. Zeker voor herhaling vatbaar. Qua organisatie wel twee minpunten: onbegrijpelijk dat men alleen zitplaatsen aanbiedt bij dergelijke groepen. Je weet toch dat als je Fanfare Ciocarlia uitnodigt dat de boel dan afgebroken wordt. Bovendien stond het geluid stond veel te luid, maar gelukkig had ik oordoppen mee want is niet de eerste keer dat dit bij de AB gebeurt. De balans tussen de instrumenten was dan wel erg goed.
Les avis précédents le disent tous: Impex a joué à trop fort volume, c'était parfaitement inutile, et surtout la config' théâtre pour une fanfare est une aberration totale! Ciocarla est une fanfare, en anglais MARCHING band, pas fait pour rester assis ... Est-ce Europalia ou le protocole qui auraient requis ces sièges dans toute la salle?
Taraf de Impex : super, wat een vrolijke en goeie muzikale bende, het bewijs dat muziek maken over generaties heen perfect kan werken. Fanfare Ciocarlia : ook geweldige muzikanten met veel ambiance. Jammer dat het een zittend concert was voor deze energieke groepen , want stilzitten lukte heel moeilijk ...
Incendiaire. Incroyable. Quelle ambiance.
Taraf de Impex : veeeeeel te luid, spijtig Fanfare Ciocarlia : VERBLUFFND GOED ! Een echte ontdekking, wordt zeker fan, waarom zitplaatsen als het bijna onmogelijk is om stil te zitten!
Comment l'Ancienne Belgique a t elle pu configurer sa salle de cette façon pour ce concert ? Étions nous à l'opéra ? La fanfare Ciocărlie, c'est fait pour danser, diantre ! Un couloir d'1,60 m de large en face de la scène pour danser, est-ce raisonnable ? J'ai été plus que surpris en le découvrant. Je pense que l'AB aurait aisément pu contenter les assis et les nombreux qui voulaient danser en pensant sa salle autrement pour ce soir. Dommage, mais le concert était super, ils sont excellents sur scène.
Superbe moment. Magnifique. Sauf les gens qui dansent devant quand on est assis aux premiers et deuxième rangs, on ne voit plus rien. Ce qui nous oblige à changer de place... Dommage. Mais concert extra !
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Europalia Romania Opening Night

The Europalia Arts Festival kicks off on 4 October with an eclectic opening night in Les Brigittines.


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