Fanfarlo: Music For Book Lovers

The members of Fanfarlo combine trumpets, violins, mandolins and cellos to create the deep, full sound on their debut album, Reservoir. There is a theme in their music — and in their approach to making it — of melding obscure literary references with vintage instruments. The band was formed in 2006 by Swedish musician Simon Balthazar, who, along with violinist Cathy Lucas, recently spoke with NPR's Guy Raz.

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Fanfarlo has a literary take on music.

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The band's name comes from a work by the influential 19th century French critic Charles Baudelaire.

"I was reading French symbolists at the time, and I sort of just reached out on the table and there was this book," Balthazar says.

But the name isn't the result of literary free association. Baudelaire was a leading light in the romantic movement, and, Balthazar says, "I think it's more of a reference to an interesting time and place more than to that particular book."

Lucas adds, "That's definitely what I like about the name. I feel like it really does suit the music; it has a kind of circus feel to it."

Balthazar agrees. "I think our music definitely has a romantic quality. And we're all romantics at heart."



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