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2008 Event Media Release - Emir Kusturica

Issued 12 May, 2008

Sydney Opera House proudly presents
EMIR KUSTURICA & The No Smoking Orchestra

June 29 2008

“A joyous fusion of musical styles as diverse as punk, jazz and Romany folk. Awesome!" Empire Magazine

“Witty, raucous music!” New York Times

After 20 years of sell-out tours throughout Europe and South America, this rambunctious Balkan ten piece gypsy-punk-rock band and multi-award winning filmmaker, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra will raise the roof of the Concert Hall for one night only, 29 June 2008, on their first ever tour of Australia.
With a musical rebelliousness that established their immense popularity across the Balkan region in the 80’s, The No Smoking Orchestra was celebrated for combining punk with eastern folk music, launching a controversial new musical movement called The New Primitives. Today, the ensemble joyfully mines its European roots fusing strong elements of Gypsy, Greek, German, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Mexican, and most especially Slavic music. With a liberal sprinkling of jazz and pop, the ensemble delivers a hybrid brand of “world music” that quite proudly defies definition.

Over two decades these inimitable musicians have inspired a massive cult phenomenon across Europe, but internationally No Smoking is best known for their musical contributions to the films of director and band guitarist Emir Kusturica (particularly "Black Cat, White Cat"). Outspoken firebrand filmmaker Kusturica is best known for winning two Palme D’or awards in Cannes for “When Father was Away” and the internationally successful “Underground”, films that tapped into the mood of rebellion that swept through his homeland. From the beginning, the orchestra were also deeply involved in the political upheaval of Yugoslavia and alongside Kusturica, fulfil their reputation as anarchic rockers, gleefully creating political as well as musical controversy.

For lovers of the music from Emir Kusturica’s cult classics, or for those who have never heard it, this delicious genre-busting collision of jazz, rock and Gypsy influences - where anything can, does and will happen - simply cannot be missed. With Special Guests Stole & The Black Train Band

Venue: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House 
Date: Sunday 29th June, 2008 
Performance Times: 
8 – 8.30pm        Stole & The Black Train Band
8.30 – 8.50pm   Interval
8.50 – 9.35pm   Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra
9.35 – 9.55pm   Interval
9.55 – 10.40pm Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra
Prices: $64 - $99
Bookings: 9250 7777 or

Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra is presented as part of the Hemispheres global music series at Sydney Opera House.

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