Taraf de Haïdouks and Kocani Orkestar are two of the most famous, emblematic and brilliant Balkan Gypsy bands. They join forces in the dancing setting of the historic Hackney Empire for a raucous evening of wild new music and exhilarating arrangements of old favourites.
Formed in 1991 Taraf de Haïdouks ("band of honourable brigands”) is celebrating its 20th anniversary by launching an ambitious project: a kind of Balkan big band, in which the 13 Taraf musicians and singers battle it out with 13 members of Macedonia’s Kocani Orkestar, one of the top brass bands around.
Be ready for a raucous evening of wild new music and exhilarating arrangements of old favourites as the swirling and fiery violins, cimbalums and accordions of Taraf de Haïdouks battle it out with the mighty, funky brass and percussion of Kocani Orkestar. Expect the unexpected as the two bands draw on traditional music from the Romanian countryside, urban Balkan pop, medieval ballads oriental brass band music, Turkish influences and even Bollywood film music in what promises to be an unforgettable encounter between two of the world’s finest Gypsy bands.