Do you guys remember that I went to the village of Zece Prajini last November? That is the village where the Fanfara Ciocarlia and 5 other Brass bands are from.
When I showed the pictures of the trip to my friend Oliver who is a journalist at a Hungarian speaking newspaper in Cluj he remarked: "Where did you go?! I would have entered that village with police protection only!!!" When I started to show him Ciocarlia's homepage his chin started to hang lower and lower. He could not really understand how this band is known all over the world, even in Japan, and he had never heard about it.
The answer is easy: It is very hard to organize concerts in Romania. Oprica a musician of the Ciocarlia told me: "There are only two countries in the world where we do not perform: Turkey and Romania. You get ripped of by the concert hall owners and they are very unreliable!"
I just realized last week that Ciocarlia had appeared in the German movie "Gegen die Wand-Against the wall" an just a few days later, namely this morning, I opened the newspaper "Quotidianul" and was really surprized to find a big article about the award ceremony of the Transylvanian Film Festival. Vanessa Redgrave had been there, Corneliu Porumboiu, a Romanian director who had already been awarded the "Camera d'Or" in Cannes also AND the Fanfara Ciocarlia had given their first concert ever in Romania!!!
I called Oliver and asked him if he had at least been there to see it and he replied that he had free tickets but he did not go because he was busy having sex....... That's his kind of humor