Fanfare Ciocarlia vs. Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar

Sunday 22 May 2011 Doors 7pm
1A Camden High Street
0844 847 2258

The world’s two best-known Gypsy brass bands are taking the stage to see who blows hottest and hardest. There’s gonna be a showdown!

For the first time ever Fanfare Ciocarlia and Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar are taking the stage together. Neither act is willing to play support. So both bands will be on stage at the same time, standing toe-to-toe in a head-to-head. A sound clash? More like a battle royal! The Gypsies are ready to get in the ring! Following in the great tradition of brass battles from the Balkans to New Orleans, this scrap will determine who is King!

The showdown has been taking shape over the past decade. As Fanfare Ciocarlia arose from rural Romanian obscurity to storm stages they developed a reputation as the world’s fastest, hardest Balkan brass band. Yet word reached them about another Gypsy brass band, one that had survived the Yugoslav Civil War, appeared on the soundtracks of Kusturica’s crazed movies and considered themselves No 1: Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar. As the Markovics’ began performing beyond Serbia they got to hear of how the Romanian raggamuffins had conquered the world. Boban, unbeaten heavyweight champion of Guca Brass Festival, was not about to let this pass and he brooded on Fanfare Ciocarlia’s claim to be No 1. How could this be when he, surely, was King?

Fanfare were experiencing a similar sense of resentment. They had rocked clubs and theatres from Sydney to Moscow yet everywhere they went promoters, journalists and fans asked them about Boban and his talented teenage son, Marko: were Fanfare really the best or was Boban the true master blaster of Balkan brass? The Romanians could not believe anyone could dare match their furious groove and sour horns!

Across almost two hours both bands will battle it out on stage. The winner will be declared Heavyweight Champion of Balkan Brass! Fists will not be used, instead each orchestra will play their most fierce & funky material, literally attempting to blow the other band off stage. Victory will not be decided by a knockout blow but by the enthusiasm of the audience. Who are the real Gypsy Kings of Balkan brass? Dancing feet and cheering voices will tell! 

The showdown is wild entertainment that will never be forgotten!
Furious, funky and funny, nothing else in live music can match it!

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