Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar (SRB)

Another hellish horn section from Balkan

Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar comes from Serbia, and it comes not with a whimper but with a bang! The ensemble contains more than ten musicians and makes enough noise with their brass instruments to make the most feeble-minded among us hide from the approaching bombardment. The frontman of this almost twenty-year-old orchestra is Boban Markovic, declared the best trumpet player in Balkan. In 2002, he was joined by his son Marko, only 14 when he first went on tour with his father. By all accounts, blowing one's own horn is not discouraged in the Markovic family: young Marko practised at least ten hours every day before he joined his father's band. Since then, Marko has earned his spurs and now plays most of the band's serpentine solos.

Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar's performance could best be described as a musical fireworks show that makes you sweat while listening. The band's music remotely resembles folk music, much like their distant neighbours Fanfare Ciocârlia who we all learned to know and love at Ilosaarirock Festival 2008. This celebration of wind instruments with a generous touch of percussions has convinced listeners in all kinds of settings from weddings to major-scale festivals. A legend has it that at Sziget Festival in Hungary, another family affair called Oasis had to postpone their performance because the audience refused to stop dancing to the sounds of Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar. The band's music can also be heard on the soundtrack of Emil Kusturica's classic film Underground. Time to start dreaming about next summer and the party that Boban and Marko are going to set up on the Linnunlahti beach! The sun, the beach, Ilosaarirock Festival and some diabolical horn music – what more can you possibly ask for?

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Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar