Frühschoppen: Fanfare Shavale


Sonntag, 24. Mai 2015, 11:00 Uhr

A tiny Eastern Romanian village - Zece Prajini (literally meaning "ten fields") - having less than two hundred Gypsy inhabitants, where any male can play at least one brass instrument and having probably the largest number of bands in Europe – this is the place where the Shavale brass band comes from. It would be difficult to  follow  back  in  time  their  vast  musical  heritage  as  they  have  been  playing  music  ever  since  they  can remember and the gift of music and the instruments are passed from one generation to the other. From three years old kids to seventy years old grandpas, each person is a skilled and fully trained musician here.

These Romanian Gypsies earn their living by working their lands and playing music at various feats, weddings and funeral services. Usually they gather and play music only to cheer themselves up. On the other opportunities, e.g.  on  the  so  called  “Green  Gypsy  Thursday”  hundred  of  brass  players  come  together  from  different villages, to demonstrate their skills, compete and party ”in private”, without entertaining any audience. These traditions have been preserved for centuries and the Shavale are playing something peculiar in this Romanian region: Gypsy music that combines the traditions of ancient gypsy music at a breathtaking speed – up to 200 beats  per  minute  –  with  those  of  the  Balkan  area,  producing  wonderfully  rhythmic  tunes  played.  These  musicians know extremely well the various music style and although, most of them are barely able to play music by notes, can play any tune after hearing it only once.

The Shavale brass band had a large number of performance  in  Austria,  Switzerland,  Italy,  Ireland,  Germany,  Hungary,  UK,  Belgium,  France,  Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Ukraine, Israel, China and Turkey, they were invited to many music festivals, carnivals and various feats.


  • Preda Ionel-Bogdan - sax, voc
  • Preda Micu - sax, acc, voc
  • Trifan Gica - tr
  • Trifan Mihai - tr
  • Stoica Minel - corn bar
  • Cantea Georgel - tb, corn bar
  • Orlenschi Gica - tuba
  • Viziru Petronel - dr