KARANDILA GYPSY BRASS ORCHESTRA
20 YEARS ANNIVERSARY TOUR & NEW ALBUM 2017
KARANDILA GYPSY BRASS ORCHESTRA (Bulgaria)
The unique Bulgarian Gypsy Brass Orchestra Karandila is coming back for it’s 20th Jubilee with a brand new Album.
The brain of the orchestra Angel Tichaliev, who is also it’s founder, composer, and conductor created mesmerizing new perspective of
almost forgotten old gypsy melodies of his ancestors, combining the new arrangements with young exceptional musicians from Sliven in Bulgaria.
Vibrations guaranteed when the eleven professional musicians take off –
with their traditional and modern gypsy rhythms, bittersweet music full
of joy and tragedy. The groove of the Balkan goes under your skin –
and very much into your legs: ‘Rock your bones’.
KARANDILA GYPSY BRASS ORCHESTRA (Bulgaria)
With their brass instruments the ten-member gypsy band ‘Karandila’ from Sliven presents traditional and modern gypsy rhythms – an expressive experience in Orient tradition.
This music simultaneously radiates joy and tragedy – a bittersweet taste. In the different symbols of playing – wedding or travelling, landscape and colours – pictures of melancholy are developing – a song without words. In the freeedom and in the virtuousity of the musicians the touching lyric of nomads is awakening.
The orchestra Karandila was founded to revive the old Roma tradition of the brass orchestra in a new way. A music which includes the substance of wedding music as well as the influences of jazz is developing.
The conductor Angel Ticherliev is one of the co-founders of these orchestra waves and alreay played in one of the most famous bands of this kind – Southwind (Sliven) – in the 80s.
In 1996 Karandila played on the 4th Roma Festival in Stara Zagora (Bulgaria). One year later the musicians released their first recording on MC – a symbiosis of Big Band and bellydancing.
On invitation of Canel+ of France which made a documentary on the Bulgarian gypsies they realized a soundtrack in 1998 and also played in the film. The music of ‘Gypsy Summer’ was realeased on KUKER MUSIC in Bulgaria in 1999.
In June 1999 the group performed with the clarinet player Ivo Papasov on the Jazz Across The Border Festival in Berlin with great success.
At the beginning of 1999 Karandila played together with the most important jazz pianist Milcho Leviev and presented his music. In summer 2000 concerts with Goran Bregovic followed.
An extraordinary performance took place in 2001/2 when Karandila played in several performances in Kalman’s “Gräfin Mariza”in the Wiener Volksoper. For the first time an ordinary band managed to climb the classical stage – a Revolution. Thus the group managed a further musical highlight which was accompanied with many appraising reviews. ‘Revolution’ is also the CD Karandila recorded in Vienna at this time – a collection of workers’ and revolutionary songs recorded in the unique gypsy style.
Karandila also performed successfully at the EUROPALIA.
Since 2003 Karandila has been touring with an extraordinary guest – the singer ANITA KRISTI, whose great voice is a special highlight of the concert.
Karandila has taken part in many festivals:
Tilburg Gypsy Festival, Prague Gypsy Festival, Mulhouse Jazz Festival, Palmengarten Frankfurt am Main, Salzburg Balkan Festival, Europalia, Balkanfeever Wien, Innsbruck Fest der Träume, Antwerpen Summer, Liege, Stuttgart Lab Festival, St.Wendel Jazz Festival, Brandenburg Jazz Festival, Sziget Budapest etc. etc.
“Gipsy Summer” (Kuker Music / 1999)
“Never Say No” (Ara / 2000)
“Revolution” (ACCU / 2003)
“Cyclops Camel” (Messechina Music / 2005)
“Karandila is a wedding band which lasts out extremely long. And they play more lively, agile and more jazzlike than traditional bands. This brass orchestra mainly plays its own compositions. With ist drum metres reminding of the „second line“ rhythms of the New Orleans Jazz Karandila is celebrating a Balkan music which makes you believe jazz was not invented in America but on the weddings of the Balkan.”
Karandila” from the Folklore paradise Bulgaria in Frankfurter Palmengarten
„Karandila” – just another Roma Brass band which after „Fanfare Ciocarlia”, the „Boban Markovic Orkestar” and others is conquering the European concert stages and festivals? Not very likely because the ensemble is from Bulgaria and there everything is different from what we know from the Balkan – as music is concerned. The long Turkish dictatorship and later the state-run care of the music heritage have made Bulgaria the paradise of folklore whose manifold shapes and technical challenges can only be compared with Ireland. Bulgarian musicians always have to prove their national reputation. And the group which staged in the Frankfurt Palmengarten in the World Music series managed this brilliantly and with verve. With his arrangements and compositions the founder and conductor Michailov Tichaliev succeeds in catching entertainment which is always expected at wedding parties (still the most important venues for this kind of music) and a ‘higher’ virtuousity for the concert podium. Polyphone voices, plastic vibrating dynamics and accelerandi, surprising jazz phrasing, melting Ballads as a taste of still wind in turbulent happenings – pieces which sound like the re-import of Balkan ideas for Klezmer music. So the repertoire of Karandila gets much colour and change.
But the quality of the musicians is even more important.
Virtuous musicians like the clarinet player Angel Kirchev Tsukev and the sax player Kiril Ivanov Shekerdankov cannot be found in other brass bands and there are not many radiant figures like the second trumpet player Trompeter Kuti Sovchev Varbanov who reminds of Harry James with is golden sound projection. They as much as their boss who also plays the trumpet are magnificent and perfect improvisers and thus tempted to jazz…
Ulrich Olshausen / Frankfurter Allgemeine
The term „Blues of the Balkan“ is really true. Despite the impetuous, nearly archistic temperament there are overtones of some melancholy. The musicians are merrily improvising … a firework of speedy runs.”
Uwe Sauerwein / Berliner Morgenpost
Suddently the Karandila Orchestraburst in, booked perhaps for a mad tea party – typical oriental Gypsy Brass Band, with a swaggering sidedrum that sets up a punchy groove. Before long there are clarinet and saxophone solos that sound so raw and intense that you wonder whether they’s just playing reeds.
Simon Braughton editor of THE ROUGH GUIDE TO WORLD MUSIC (Penguin) and Songlines music magazine