Emir Kusturica and the No Smoking Orchestra
Mary Ann Kennedy with new releases from across the globe, and highlights from the London Jazz Festival concert by Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra, recorded last weekend at the Royal Festival Hall.
Emir Kusturica is best known as a film director, with classic releases such as 'Underground' and 'Time of the Gypsies'. But he has always been a musician in his spare time, playing bass in the 1980s in the band Zabranjeno Pusenje. From 1998 the band's music started to be featured in his films, and they changed their name to Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra. Their style has been described as 'a wild collision of gypsy, punk and rock music from right across the Balkans.'.