Fanfara is a brass and percussion group of up to 12 musicians. They have been playing together since two of the group visited Zece Prajini, Romania, home of their friend and teacher Calin ‘Sulo’ Constantin, of Fanfara Ciocarlia, in 2003 and 2005.
As a group they have studied with Naat Veliov and the original Kocani Orkestar, musicians from the Boban i Marco Markovic Orkestar and three of them have visited Belgrade and Vladicin Han to study with brass players.
Fanfara regularly features Merlin Shepherd, who specialises in Eastern European Jewish instrumental folk music. Other band members are composers, band leaders and teachers. Many have played together for over 10 years, performing as far afield as Sydney Opera House, Borneo World Music Festival, Carnival in Cuba and throughout Europe.
Playing trumpets, saxophones, clarinet, baritones, helicons and percussion,
Fanfara plays festivals, arts centres, weddings, funerals, parades, parties, clubs and pubs, pretty much anywhere with a bar and a crowd – you might even catch them busking in the North Laine area of Brighton on a sunny day.