Fanfara Ciocarlia

Oh.My.Goodness.

The best live concert I’ve been to for ages. They were absolutely fantastic. If they ever appear anywhere near you, do whatever you can to get a ticket. Absolutely bloody brilliant.

They do the traditional Romanian gypsy music, with the most unbelievable energy – I started off really chuffed that I was sitting in the front row, but once people started dancing I gave up my seat and joined them. They played for nearly 2 hours, it was exhausting! They also had a guest singer, a Macedonian gypsy singer called Esma Redzepova, who was equally incredible. She was rather vast and wore the blingiest gold dress I’ve ever seen (it’s not too easy to see in the pictures), but I thought she was beautiful – really smiley, and with the most incredible voice. That was such an awesome concert, I’m still on a high.

Here are some of the (many) pictures I took. The “TIFF” at the front of the stage stands for “Transilvanian International Film Festival” which is going on this week, this event was part of that (the festivals seem to be quite broad in the events they put on – like the theatre festival last week, there seems to be a fair bit of live music attached to this festival too).

Fanfara Ciocarlia concert, Piata Mica, 6 June 07Fanfara Ciocarlia concert, Piata Mica, 6 June 07
Fanfara Ciocarlia concert, Piata Mica, 6 June 07Fanfara Ciocarlia concert, Piata Mica, 6 June 07
Fanfara Ciocarlia concert, Piata Mica, 6 June 07Fanfara Ciocarlia concert, Piata Mica, 6 June 07

In other news, when I got home from the concert last night I noticed a small bruise on my ring finger. I didn’t remember hurting it, but I put my ring on another finger just in case it swelled up overnight. This morning it had indeed swelled, and is now a curious red colour. It doesn’t hurt at all, doesn’t seem infected and isn’t gross and disgusting (unlike certain other fingers I could mention). I shall keep an eye on it – after last year’s shenanigans when I had to go to the hospital here following a yucky insect bite reaction I don’t really want to have to go through that again. Rest assured though, if any grossness and disgustingness and medical treatment ensue, I shall follow Ian’s example and share it with you all (for educational purposes, obviously). Honestly, the things I do for you lot.

2 thoughts on “Fanfara Ciocarlia

  1. Hmmm, you seem to be altogether going out too much and having fun. Are you actually getting any work done? 😉 You’re not just there to party and go to festivals and concerts and whatnot you know….!!

    (Just jealous. Though I will myself be going to some cultural stuff this w/e for the re-opening of the Festival Hall)

  2. Given it’s Transylvania, you weren’t bitten by a vampire I hope.
    🙂

    Hope it’s alright, and doesn’t become as horrid as mine: be sure to give us updates.

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