Trio that brings the power of a brass band and electronics to North African vocals.
Fanfara Station is a trance-inducing celebration with a brass band, an entire North African rhythm section and pumping electro dance beats setting the pace–all created by just three musicians, thanks to some skillful use of loop stations and live overdubbing of an arsenal of instruments. Inspired by singer, composer, woodwind-wielder and noted percussionist, Marzouk Mejri’s memories of his father’s brass band in Tunisia, the Naples and Florence based trio set out to build their own. Canadian born trumpeter and trombonist Charles Ferris layers up the loops and drops glittering improvisational flourishes while master programmer Ghiaccioli e Branzini directs the dance-floor dynamics. Composed of three international Italians, one based in Naples and the other two in Florence Tuscany, Fanfara Station pays tribute to the epic feats of the Mediterranean’s migrants, the musical cultures of the African diaspora and southern Europe’s ancient links to the Middle East, the Maghreb and the Americas.
Marzouk Mejri – voice, percussion, Tunisian winds, clarinet, loops
Charles Ferris – trumpet, trombone, tuba, loops
Ghiaccioli e Branzini – electronics