Back at it on Saturday Sept 20 at the Brillobox
Drinking Dancing Stomping Yelling
PANDEMIC PETE and EDGAR UM
PANDEMIC, CONSORTIUM in partnership w/ VIA and more present…
BOBAN i MARKO MARKOVIC ORKESTAR
LUNGS FACE FEET
$20 at door
ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE KING OF THE GYPSY BRASS IN PITTBURGH
Since 1961, the small town of Guca in Central Serbia has been the venue for the annual “Festival of Brass Music”, a competition to determine the best Brass musicians on Earth, attracting over 300.000 people every year. The Boban Markovic Orkestar used to be among the winners every time, receiving the “best orchestra” award in 2000 as well as “best trumpet” for the maestro himself in 2001 – his 5th PERSONAL win. Since then, Boban decided not to compete any more, but simply performs as an honoured guest. He’s the undisputed King of Balkan Brass music
Now he is honoured even further afield, reaching an international audience through his musical contributions to films by Emir Kusturica, and taking his frenetic and funky blend of Balkan and Gypsy roots touring around the globe, a guaranteed sensation at any wedding, open-air-festival, music academy, classical concert or impromptu street-party of your choice.
According to tradition, Boban officially handed over the Orkestar to his son and successor Marko, on his 18th birthday in 2006. Marko was given a trumpet as a toddler and started to receive lessons from Boban’s father when he was 9. At 13 he was in the studio for the first time, at 14 he joined Boban’s Orkestar. At 16 he became lead soloist and started arranging for the band. Now he is the featured soloist on Boban’s latest CD “The Promise”.
In 2006, Marko also appeared as the leading actor in the film “Gucha Distant Trumpet”, directed by Dusan Milic & produced by Emir Kusturica. Marko plays a young Romeo who falls in love with a Serbian Juliana as music and racial tensions intertwine in this dramatic Balkan epic.