A vibrant ethnography of the cultures, lives and stories that collide in the Balkans at the world's largest brass band festival.
Brasslands explores the explosive recent popularity of Balkan brass music through the stories of three musicians whose lives revolve around playing the music for very different reasons: a Serbian trumpet master, a virtuosic Roma street musician, and a dedicated American who isn't from the Balkans but has been playing this music in New York for the last 30 years. Their stories all converge at the 50th anniversary of the world's biggest trumpet competition in a hidden valley in Serbia.
Created by a unique interdisciplinary filmmaking team of Americans, Serbians, musicians and ethnomusicologists, the film offers an unconventional and unique window into ethnomusicology and Balkan culture.
Recommended by educators as an excellent teaching tool for courses in: Anthropology, Balkan Studies, Ethnomusicology, Ethnic Studies, Filmmaking, International Relations, Media Studies, Music, Musicology, Romani Studies, Slavic & Eastern European Studies.
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