“There’s a real vitality and immediacy to the meaty beats and mercurial clarinets that speak lucidly of both past and present.” Independent
“Here’s an experiment that actually works….a highly entertaining clash of Albanian brass and beats, with unexpected echoes of India or the Caribbean added in.” Guardian
Join the best Albanian live band Fanfara Tirana together with the British manipulators Transglobal Underground.
After single-handedly inventing an Albanian brass-band tradition, Fanfara Tirana toured all over Europe, bringing their take on the Balkan brass boom mixed with the great polyphonic vocal traditions, embodied in the presence of the veteran singer Hysni Niko Zela, to the festival stages of Womad, Roskilde, Sziget and beyond. Now they’re blazing fresh mountain trails with a creative collaboration with the London-based no-borders dance fusioneers Transglobal Underground.
Fanfara Tirana and Transglobal Underground have many common characteristics. Both bands are rooted in the native popular culture, but also serves as a springboard to explore other cultures. Both groups are linked with curiosity, wit, exploring the possibility of endless dialogue, solidarity apparatus against globalism and the pursuit of friendship from the bottom. Both nonconformist groups beyond the boundaries not only of music but also their own cultures. Exchange ideas, melodies, lyrics, and together tells new stories of life, love and solidarity. The project works with roots in the history and vision for the future.