Total brass band speed metal, exhilarating, starts fast - and takes off from there.
Artist: Fanfare Savale
Album: Speed Brass of the Gypsies
Label: Sub Rosa
Review date: Apr. 6, 2005
While the concept of so-called scenes, and the multi-pronged influence of a locality on the music created by its inhabitants, is frequently exaggerated, it’s impossible to deny that it can be a useful way to approach the discussion of music. Art isn’t created in a vacuum, after all, and any output is doubtlessly going to contain, even if subconsciously, fragments of response to, or representation of, an artist’s surroundings. The problem in this approach is that it often allows for a crutch that makes it too easy to oversimplify and make broad, sweeping generalizations. The “Olympia sound,” New York’s downtown scene of the late '70s, and Manchester in the Factory Records heyday each contain both valid and more strenuous connections between bands and musicians, and have become signifiers that, more often than is prudent, have become an all too easy calling card for anyone looking to describe the music than has traditionally fallen into any of these categories. In certain cases, usually outside the realm of rock and popular music, though, these socio-geographical classifications are valid to an almost pinpoint degree. Fanfare Savale are a perfect example of such a case.
Gypsy music, a rather nebulous genre to the purist, can all be traced back to the music of the Romanes, a culture who emigrated from
The traditional venues for gypsy music are community events; weddings, funerals, and the like. One would assume that Fanfare Savale play the same role in Zece Prãjini. If so, it’s hard to imagine even a funeral march that wouldn’t have patrons tapping their feet. Zece Prãjini must be a village of immense vitality, with groups like Fanfare Savale providing life’s soundtrack, and it likely will be for generations to come.
By Adam Strohm, Dusted Magazine -
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Fanfare Savale / Speed Brass of the Gypsies
Album: Speed Brass of the Gypsies Collection: World
Artist: Fanfare Savale Added: 02/2005
Label: Sub Rosa
Oh my heavens, Ethel, they play so very fast indeed! From a small village in Romania comes this band of 11 who combine Gypsy brass with Balkan folk and then everyone does double shots of espresso and takes speed and they all get insane. When do these guys breathe? You’ll be amazed at how fast they play. Most tracks very short. Fascinating stuff, especially these:
2. Hyper fast. Like a slapstick frenzy.
3. Driving march-like w/vocals. Not as fast as some.
4. Buzzing-quick vocals into wicked fast brass.
6. A quirky oom-pah romp w/vocals.
7. Like it should play behind someone spinning plates.
10. Bring on the circus! Quick! Bring it on! Now!
12. Clarinet adds a touch of klezmer...only on speed.
13. Has an odd galloping quality.
15. Big, bright, and brassy. A bit more melodic than some.
17. Seizure-inducing fast.
20. Folksy & slower w/vocals.
Fanfare Savale are an eleven piece gypsy brass band (ten horns, one drummer) from the Eastern Romanian
I very much liked it; I had never seen that kind of fanfare: very much different of the traditional fanfares we have here! The ambiance was very good: many people dancing. I think this music is very powerful and gives the envy to dance. The musician seemed to be very happy to play and I think that is good. I very much like Bregovic and I could recognize some similarities, of tzigan music. I had a great time!
David Pichonnaz, Montreux Jazz Festival Foundation –
TAM TAM: Suoni E Culture Dal Mondo, Bassano –
Elide Imperatori Bellotti, IL GIORNALE DI VICENZA – Italy
... chiuso la kermesse la Fanfara Savale, piccolo borgo della Romania: 11 elementi su note della tradizione secolare delle regioni rumene e una miscela di antichi ritmi gitani con la loro velocità sfrenata.
LIBERAZIONE – Italy
...unadelle più formidabili fanfare di Romania, la Fanfare Savale...
PIEMONTE- EMOZIONI.IT – Italy
E si può parlare davvero di danza perché quella sera il gioco si fece eccitante sul serio. Ed improvvisai uno strip-tease, integrale o quasi, sulle note dei Fanfare Savale, un gruppo rumeno che eseguiva il repertorio classico delle bande da matrimonio e funerale. Esilarante, con tanto di movimenti del bacino al suono di tromba, clarinetto, sax e flic. In realtà più danza popolare che spogliarello. Ma fu un momento indimenticabil!
COMENTO PUBBLICATO SULL' WEB DA UNA RAGAZZA QUALSIASSI – Italy
Candela Festival, Antwerpen – Belgium 14th - 17th of August 2003
No Salsa music that night, but music from Kilimanjaro (Kameroen), T.O.K. (Aruba), Waza Roots (Ghana) , Fanfare Savale (Romania) and Buchemi & Igor Migor (Belgium)... We arrived at the time T.O.K. started its concert... Waza Roots, with his afro-reggae made the tent roll on the music, but it was Fanfare Savale with its gipsy music that deserved to become the public's favorite...
Francois, www.salsaweb.be – Belgium