Dies, on far right (photo courtesy of the band’s site)
In early September, right around the time Fanfare Ciocarlia was recording its forthcoming new album in Toronto, I had a chance to talk to Henry Ernst from Asphalt Tango Production and Records. Ernst, a Germany-native and Romani-adopted sound engineer and producer, introduced Ciocarlia to the world in early ’90s and thus far has seen it rise to prominence and recognition as the premier Gypsy brass band on the music scene. This discovery and a few other things became topics of our telephone conversation. After the jump is a shortened version of that talk.