Fanfare Ciocărlia is a popular twelve-piece Balkan Romani brass band from the northeastern Romanian village of Zece Prăjini. Fanfare Ciocarlia are considered pioneers of both Balkan brass and Balkan beats. The speed, dynamics, wit and uniquely Eastern tone to Fanfare Ciocarlia's music has won them international popularity. All members of the band are Gypsies and they are recognised as one of Europe's most popular contemporary Gypsy bands.
Fanfare Ciocarlia are best known for a very fast, high-energy sound, with complex rhythms and high-speed, staccato clarinet, saxophone and trumpet solos, sometimes performed at more than 200 beats per minute. Fanfare Ciocarlia's high energy live performances are noted for their wit and sense of controlled chaos – during concerts the band may randomly blast their horns and clarinets in the middle of a song – while they continue to play their old, battered instruments onstage.
Fanfare Ciocarlia are also known for their talent to rearrange famous songs (Born To Be Wild, James Bond Theme, Caravan, Summertime) in a manner that marks them as their own. Fanfare Ciocarlia never use sheet music in their performances. Since appearing in 1996 Fanfare Ciocarlia have played more than two thousand concerts in more than 70 countries. In 2016 the band will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a world tour.