Yasmine Hamdan

Prin abordarea stilistică modernă, dar și stilul personal pe care și l-a impus în pop-ul din lumea arabă, Yasmine Hamdan a făcut furori încă de la momentul lansării albumului său de debut Ya Nass (2013), atât în Europa, America, cât și nordul Africii și Orientul Mijlociu (unde s-a bucurat de statutul de icon underground încă din perioada trupei Soapkills, duetul pe care l-a fondat în Beirut și printre primele trupe de indie/electronic din Orientul Mijlociu). De la emisiuni TV până la reviste glossy de modă, toate mass media din Europa s-au îndrăgostit de vocea ei fermecătoare, personalitatea seducătoare și atitudinea deschisă, lipsită de compromisuri. Yasmine a avut concerte importante pe patru continente, printre care o serie de reprezentații live cu ocazia lansării filmului lui Jim Jarmusch „Only Lovers Left Alive”, producție în care Yasmine apare cântând într-una din scenele memorabile ale filmului. Deși la nivel vocal se simt tradițiile muzicii arabe (pe care o abordează într-un mod neconvențional și original), structurile și aranjamentele pieselor se îndepărtează de codurile acesteia, artista împrumutând elemente din muzica electronică, pop și folk contemporană din Vest. Viziunea sa unică se manifestă în totalitate în cel de-al doilea album solo Al Jamilat / The Beautiful Ones, produs în colaborare cu producătorii britanici Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Lily Allen) și Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Carl Barät) și înregistrat cu contribuții din partea artiștilor newyorkezi Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, John Zorn, Marc Ribot) și Steve Shelley de la Sonic Youth.

Devil’s Tale: Fanfare Ciocarlia feat. Adrian Raso

Fanfare Ciocarlia join forces with Canadian guitar wizard Adrian RasoLegend has it that the Devil likes to lay in wait at crossroads, all the better to pilfer the innocence and souls of unsuspecting travelers. But not all deals forged at such spots bring ruin and death. Indeed, Fanfare Ciocarlia’s latest musical pact approaches brilliance, a far cry from fire and brimstone.The brass band legends from the remote Romanian village of Zece Prăjini have simmered in countless concert halls around the world. At the end of the 1990s their unique style of play made famous a musical genre that almost no one had ever heard of. Ever since, these Romanians have been constantly on the road, bringing their audiences in Berlin, Memphis and Tokyo to new levels of frenzy. On their dented and beat-up instruments, they make it crystal clear what it’s all about: passion and the willingness to take musical risks of any kind. This globetrotting, 12-necked, brass-band hydra has already turned the planet on its head with breathtaking collaborations: legendary shows like “The Gypsy Queens & Kings” and the “Balkan Brass Battle” are just two examples. Together with their new touring companion – the Canadian guitar and banjo virtuoso Adrian Raso – a different story is now being told, and fêted with consistent and consistently erratic style!The Romanians and the Canadian first found one another in 2013 at the Metal Works Studio in Toronto, where they proceeded to produce an album over a series of nighttime recording sessions. Since its spring 2014 release the album has been an international sensation. Adrian Raso’s background in Western music and Fanfare Ciocarlia’s unmistakable Balkan sound fuse into hearty Rock’n’Roll, persistent swamp grooves and nostalgic 30s swing, very much in the spirit of Django Reinhardt. A wild ride from New Orleans, over the Atlantic and onto Paris, and then, untiringly, deep into the Balkans, through the derelict streets of Detroit and back to urbane Toronto. All the while, Fanfare Ciocarlia follows guitarist Adrian Raso on the remotest stylistic tangents with remarkable ease. They assist, heighten the pressure, take the lead, soften the energy, intensify the plethora of sounds and elaborate the ironic diversions. The guitar holds the reins while the tuba and trumpets lead the way. The heart of the music is king!Listen up! The charm of Devil’s Tale could bewitch even old Mephisto himself!Current album: Devil’s Tale (Ranked #1 on World Music Charts Europe and the winner of the German Music Critics’ Prize). Released on Asphalt Tango Records.

Jawhar · Yallah Bye feat. Mitsoura

Dikanda is a music band of international renown, playing "world music". They come from Szczecin, Poland. In their artistic work DIKANDA promotes the authenticity of style – searching for new trends therefore most of their works are original compositions. They draw their musical inspiration from traditional folk sounds of the broadly defined Orient – from the Balkans, through Israel, Kurdistan, Belarus to India. The band has been playing since 1997 and has recorded 7 albums so far, including a Live DVD recorded in the Witkacy Theatre in Zakopane. They have performed hundreds of concerts, mostly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland but also in Russia, India and the USA. They have won numerous awards – among others in 2005 their album "Ushtijo" was awarded "The Disc of the Year" by the German magazine "Folker". DIKANDA's concerts are emotional journeys through ethnic sounds, zestful meetings full of charisma, energy and true feelings.

Kermesz A L’Est

By combining the emotion of Klezmer and Balkan melodies with the power of rock and metal, KermesZ à l'Est is a unique brassband that transports us to a wild Eastern Europe, with a repertoire that rocks out and a contagious vivacity. With their typical leather jackets and their legendary sense of party, this explosive -and acoustic- band of nine musicians from Belgium invariably turns their audience into a boiling cauldron of dancers. After 8 years and more than 500 concerts all over Europe, no one forgets about their astonishing and communicative energy. Kermesz à l'Est has several formulas, full-acoustic or for music stages as well as street theater acts: the band offers an explosive show in their offbeat universe that goes beyond music, in a staging full of causic humor, that will delight fans of thrash-metal as surely as those of polka!

Baltic Balkan

Baltic Balkan - Party Like The Last Time in Your Life!This musical and performance artist from Vilnius (Lithuania) endeavor was inspired by listening to original Yugoslav punk rock, as well as countless musical festivals in Europe and movies with a true Balkan (and Baltic) spirits. They are combining Balkan, Gipsy and Klezmer music, all put together and marinated in a Baltic way! Their Balkantinnitus EP also features a collaboration with Fanfara Transilvania (Romania) and a Dubioza Kolektiv (Bosnia) remix.

Barcelona Gypsy Balkan Orchestra

Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra (BGKO) is a band created in 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. The band draws on many musical influences, including Klezmer music, Jazz Manouche, and Roma music. BGKO also explores the sounds of some Eastern European regions and draws inspiration from music in the regions of South America, Spain, and the Middle East. While we remain very interested in Klezmer music, we also want to gather inspiration from a wider spectrum of genres. Balkan music is, for us, a set of musical traditions and multiethnic cultures that surpass geographical confines, drawing on the historical traditions that have forever inhabited these lands: Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, Gypsies, Ottomans, Arabs…

Kolektif Istanbul

Kolektif Istanbul grew up from the meeting of musicians from villages playing at fetes and marriage ceremonies in the "homeland", and musicians with improvisation backgrounds from different modern styles but all in Istanbul with the colors of Istanbul.“Gayda” (Bulgarian bagpipes), clarinet, saxophone, accordion, tuba, percussions, drums all these instruments make this a unit with a great richness of sound which combines both the Balkan fanfare dynamism and the Anatolian “blues” depth. The Ensemble gains in intensity and emotion with Asli Dogan, the voice of this project, which carries all the expressiveness and sensitivity of the popular song.

Superstar Orkestra

Süperstar Orkestar is a wind orchestra from Stockholm which plays Roma party music from the Balkans. The band has done more than 1000 gigs and got their big breakthrough when Emir Kusturica’s Black Cat – White Cat was running at the Swedish cinemas.Serbia and Macedonia have a strong tradition of brass band music. It’s an Eldorado for everyone who loves hot, hard swinging and brilliant Balkan brass music. That’s where the band has got their inspiration.The band has continued to develop a lot over the years, much thanks to their journeys to Macedonia and Serbia and their tours with musicians from the Balkans like Ferus Mustafov.

Surorile Osoianu

Cvintetul Osoianu a fost fondat in anul 1980 in Chisinau de catre bine cunoscutul etnomuzicolog Andrei Tamazlacaru, pe langa Uniunea Muzicienilor, in cadrul formatiei “Talancuta”, colectiv emerit din Republica Moldova (1989).Surorile Ileana, Iulia, Valentina, Romela si Maria Osoianu s-au nascut in satul Horesti, Falesti - nord-vestul Moldovei.Au absolvit scoala de muzica din localitate si au obtinut diploma de studii superioare la Universitatea Pedagogica din Balti, Universitatea de Stat din Moldova, Academia de Muzica.Surorile Osoianu au studiat acordeonul, baianul si vioara.Repertoriul lor include urmatoarele genuri: folclor pentru copii (cantece de leagan, dadacit, invocari), colinde, doine, balade, cantece lirice, cantece de petrecere, cantece pascale, cantece de recrutie, pastorit.Impreuna, surorile Osoianu conduc Studioul Folcloric „Iedera” de la Palatul National de Creatie al Copiilor si cateva ansambluri folclorice de copii si tineret din Chisinau.Artistele sunt acompaniate de muzicieni profesionali la cobra, vioara, fluier, caval, nai, toba, ocarina.Surorile Osoianu au participat in filme si emisiuni radio-TV: „Talancuta”1983, regizor Constantin Croitoru – film muzical „Talancuta” 1986, regizor Anatol Codru – film muzical „Lerui-ler, panzele dalbe”, 1990, regizor Tudor Tataru – film muzical-artistic de lung metraj.Au efectuat turnee in Tarile Baltice, Romania, Germania, Franta, Spania, Finlanda, Bulgaria si Rusia.Totodata, ansamblul familial a lansat albumele: „Talancuta” – Ici in vale la izvoare, produs de „Etnomuzic”, „Talancuta” – Va cantam de voie buna, produs de „Real Sound” si Cantari Pentru Isus (2008).Valentina, Iulia si Ileana sunt coautoare ale cartilor: „Ramurele – nemurele”, „Spicuta”,„Streasina cu randunici”, „La strunguta bradului”, „Floarea de pe grui”.Ansamblul Familial “Surorile Osoianu” este mult apreciat acasa, ca promotor veritabil al folclorului autentic. Este unic in tot arealul romanesc.Surorile Osoianu sunt laureate ale mai multor Festivaluri Republicane si Internationale, laureate a Premiului Tineretului din Moldova (1997.)Pe langa activitatea artistica in ansamblul „Talancuta” fiecare dintre surori dirijeaza colective folclorice de copii si tineret.Formatia Zdob si Zdub a facut cunostinta cu Surorile Osoianu si creatia lor in anul 2003 si deodata au ochit originalitatea lor si, in acelasi timp, au vazut o buna posibilitate de colaborare.Impreuna au inregistrat doua piese: DJ Vasile si Miorita. Aceste piese au avut parte si de cate un videoclip, unde Surorile Osoianu de asemenea erau prezente.Una dintre cele mai cunoscute piese ale lor Trece-un nouraș pe sus, a putut fi auzită pe genericul filmului Ana, mon amour, regia Călin Peter Netzer

Dikanda

Dikanda is a music band of international renown, playing "world music". They come from Szczecin, Poland. In their artistic work DIKANDA promotes the authenticity of style – searching for new trends therefore most of their works are original compositions. They draw their musical inspiration from traditional folk sounds of the broadly defined Orient – from the Balkans, through Israel, Kurdistan, Belarus to India. The band has been playing since 1997 and has recorded 7 albums so far, including a Live DVD recorded in the Witkacy Theatre in Zakopane. They have performed hundreds of concerts, mostly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland but also in Russia, India and the USA. They have won numerous awards – among others in 2005 their album "Ushtijo" was awarded "The Disc of the Year" by the German magazine "Folker". DIKANDA's concerts are emotional journeys through ethnic sounds, zestful meetings full of charisma, energy and true feelings.

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