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  • HYSNI (Niko) ZELA leadvoval
  • FATBARDH CAPI sax soprano/sax alto/clarinet
  • GEZIM HAXHIAJ sax alto/clarinet
  • SKENDER HALILI sax alto/clarinet
  • XHEMAL MURAJ trumpet
  • GAZMOR HALILAJ trumpet
  • ROLAND SHAQJA sax bariton
  • MARK LUCA flugehorn bariton
  • PELLUMB XHEPI flugehorn bariton
  • ARTAN MUCOLLARI flugehorn tenor
  • DEVIS CACANI tuba
  • ERGYS HALILI drums
  • KUJTIM HOXHA percusisons
  • EKLAND HASA piano/keyboard
  • MARIO GRASSI darbouka, percussion

NEW ALBUM 2012

NEW TOUR 2012

FANFARA TIRANA & TRANSGLOBAL UNDERGROUND NEW ALBUM and together ON TOUR.

After playing at Europe bigest festivals as Roskilde, Sziget, WOMAD ... selected at WOMEX 2007, TOP 20 at World Music Charts Europe with their first album, TOP Of World for Songlines Magazine 2007 and many other goals is time for a NEW ALBUM and Europe/USA Tour for the band.

Here are the beautiful brass sounds of Fanfara Tirana, a band formed from ex members of the Albanian Army band that produce such a rousing sound to even "make the dead dance". Sweeping sax tangles with pumping bass tuba, allowing wondering clarinets to improvise in true Southern Albanian style.

Fanfara Tirana exude pure unconcentrated joy, the execution of these traditional songs is perfect, arrangements (Roland Shaqia) woven from the finest antique spindle convey boundless emotion. The weathered vocal of Hysni Zela (brought out of retirement to join Tirana for this record) is passionate and skilled. As heard on "Janinës Ç'I panë sytë" (What did the eyes of Janina see?) where he uses a call and response technique with unearthly results.

Another superb track is "Apocalyptic Kaba," a drone style instrumental led by a bagpipe sound, add to that ornate flourishes from clarinet and you have quite a Middle Eastern psychedelic sound, definitely a footnote of Ottoman history and a fine piece of music.

Fanfara Tirana also blow out a number of melancholic sounds, displaying their versatility and suitability for any hour; on evidence of this absorbing work we should all want an Albanian Wedding.

  • Albanian Wedding (Brass Explosion) - Piranha - CD-PIR2116 (2007)

SONGLINES (ENGLAND) - Simon Broughton - It was Jonathan Walton who alerted me to Albania’s Fanfara Tirana when he was writing his fantastic Songlines Guide to Balkan Brass in issue #39. And they’re certainly a force to be reckoned with. The opening ‘Mediterranè #1’ is a tuneful blast that will make them popular at festivals across the continent. But it’s only a couple of tracks later, on ‘Apocalyptic Kaba’, that they reveal their gloriously Albanian sound with a snakey, sighing clarinet solo over a softly held drone. It’s a fantastic secret weapon that makes this band unique. The clarinets combine with the vocals of singer Hysni Zela and the backing vocalists on the eerie ‘What did the Eyes of Janina See?’. The clarinet and voice keen over long-held drones as the melodies make poignant dissonances. It’s a beautiful sound. The first brass band in Albania was founded in 1876, but there is no ubiquitous tradition of brass music, as there is in neighbouring Serbia and Macedonia. Fanfara Tirana only formed to play in that sort of idiom within the last few years and they have adopted a lot from the slow, polyphonic music of southern Albania to give them their distinctive, haunting clarinet style. It’s certainly time that Albanian music got its share of the limelight, and Fanfara Tirana is surely the band to do it.

fROOTS (ENGLAND) review 12/07 by Garth Cartwright "Fanfara Tirana's debut album is definitely the pick of recent month. I know nothing about this Albanian brass band but upon first listen I wanted to know and hear more. Albania's amongst the most blighted of Balkan nations and somewhere we rarely hear music from - Kosovar tallava is a more prominent music form - and on initial inspection it coiuld be thought that this non-Roma band were junmping on the Balkan bandwagon, right down to the "Fanfara" name. Yet "Albanian Wedding" is a striking debut, the ensemble refusing to emulate the likes of Ciocarlia/Markovic, instead following Albanian flavours that are so distinctive to Albania/Kosovo/Macedonia. Veteran singer Albanian folk singer Hysni Zela guests on two tracks, his clear, strong voice risking with the band. Pumping rhythms and imaginative solos should make this album a favourite for those DJ-ing Balkan nights."

BRESCIA OGGI (ITALY) - Splendida esibizione del gruppo strumentale di Tirana e di Niko Zela in piazza del Foro. Se c'è un aggettivo che si presta in modo particolarmente adatto a definire il concerto dell'altra sera in piazza del Foro, per l'inaugurazione della rassegna "Note di colore", questo aggettivo è sicuramente "strepitoso". Non si può definire altrimenti il clima di prepotente sonorità e di festa musicale che la Fanfara Tirana uno straordinario complesso strumentale albanese - ha saputo creare davanti a un pubblico che ha assediato la piazza...

FOLKNOTES (ITALY) - Fanfara Tirana, la fanfara balcanica in versione albanese: devastante.
FOLK BULLETIN (ITALY) - E che buona musica, ritmata, incalzante. La partecipazione emotiva del pubblico, che ha ballato e cantato incessantemente per tutto il concerto, è stata infatti un altro importante elemento della serata.

LA REPUBBLICA (ITALY) - una dirompente orchestra di ottoni proveniente dall’Albania, che sta conquistando il pubblico di mezza Europa

IL TRENTINO (ITALY) - ... è stata la volta di Fanfara Tirana...che hanno regalato uno scatenato concerto di musica da ballo...

LIBERAZIONE (ITALY) - Un'entrata trionfale per la Fanfara Tirana nella piazza centrale...

LA PROVINCIA PAVESE (ITALY) - ...repertorio sempre travolgente, sprizzante energia e contraddistinto da una vivacità ritmica trascinante...Un mix sapientemente dosato in cui, strizzando l'occhio al repertorio internazionale, i temi tradizionali delle feste nuziali si sovrappongono alle atmosfere orientali...

THIERRY SARTORETI (FRANCE) - BOMBARDIERS ORIENTAUX -. Albanian Wedding et Go Marko Go! - Ça chauffe chez le plombiers balkaniques. Boban Markovic, passe sa couronne à son fils alors que la Tirana albanaise livre un premier album extraordinaire ...Plus au Sud, en Albanie, l'inconnue Tirana réussit un coup de maitre. Cette fanfare serait la premiére du pays. Avant elle, deuis la fin du 19e siècle, trompettiste et souffleurs de bombardons n'entonnaient que des marches militaires et les airs patriotiques de la puissance en cours ò Tirana (Empire Ottoman, Monténégro, Gréce, Serbie, Empire austro-hongrois, Italie, Allemagne, Chine maoiste), ignorant tout du registre jouisseur des noces et des fiançailles. Evitant tout plagiat des fanfares de la Serbie voisine, se gardant également de copier l'incontournable Ciocarlia roumaine, la Tirana s'offre des incursions dans le chant polyphonique avec l'une des grandes voix du pays des aigles, Hysni Zela, et fait swinguer son répertoire original avec una aisance tout orientale.

SOPHIE ANDRE' ET IVES MARZIO (FRANCE) - ARTISTIQUE **** - Des musciques assez déroutantes, au carrefour de l'Occident et de l'Orient. On retrouve dans ces musiques de noces tous les rythmes de ces régions, depuis le longues complaintes instrumentales aux si jolies mélodies jusqu'aux rythmes endiables et qui ne semblent jamis pouvoir arreter le répétitions de thémes courts, devenant obsédant trés rapidement. TECHNIQUE **** - L'enregistrement réalisé à Tirana, ANVI Studios par Agim Xhemali est exselent, avec una image stéréo large et parfaitement lisible, chaque instument pouvant entre distingué dans l'ensemble. Les timbres sont bien respectés et savoureux à souhait.

MAGAZINE (FRANCE) - Comment présenter la zizique albanaise traditionelle? On pourrait dire que le pays est divisé en deux zones avec le nord qui seait monophonique et le sud qui serait polyphonique. Mais avec le risque que la personne qui lirait ces lignes ait subitement envie de se flinguer. Ou, tout aussi radical, qu'elle décide de se plonger dans le compte-rendu du dernier match du Paris Saint-Germain. La réalité, c'est que la Fanfara Tirana mérite d'autres égards. Il s'agit d'une musique pleine de panache où se croisent les courants anciens de la musique ottomane et l'influence des petites formations. C'est assez grandiose. On ne résiste capendant pas au plaisir de vous apprendre quelques noms qui n'apparaissent meme pas dans le Guide du Routard. Par exemple, saviez-vous qu'un " saze " est un ensemble instrumental ? Dorénavant, vous pourrez lancer cette faire de la musique : " Sois saze et tais-toi"

MAGAZINE (FRANCE) - **** COUP DE COEUR POUR FANFARA TIRANA - ALBANIAN WEDDING & BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC ORKESTAR - GO MARKO GO! Le filon des Balkans est bel et bien intact an 2008, comme le prouvent ces deux CD particuliérement endiablés at vitupérant, qui nous replangent dans des ambiances " Kusturiquesques " avec force cuivres, rythmiques at folie tout court... La fanfare de Tirana et le groupe de dua père-fils Markovic sont la preuve vivante que le fanfares de l'Europe Centrale sont encore un parfait chainon entre tradition festive et recherches musicales contemporaines.