asphalt tango production GbR was started up back in 1996 by Henry Ernst and Helmut Neumann
as a result of their long-time passion for Gypsy music from the Balkans, above all
Romania. In its beginnings, the Berlin based company evolved
around the incredible rise of Romanian Gypsy brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia, but
soon afterwards got involved in managing, booking and tour management for other outstanding bands from
the Eastern parts of Europe for a world-wide audience.
Just six years after launching the music management and booking agency, Asphalt
Tango Records GmbH was founded. The label was initially set up as a sub-label of
Piranha Records, but has stood on its own feet since 2004. The musical focus is on Gypsy
music from the Balkans, but Eastern European artists from other genres such as
Electronica, Psych Folk and Rock are featured, too.
Many albums released over the
past years like the CD-series "Sounds From A Bygone Age" have been highly acclaimed by
international critics. Asphalt Tango Records also acts as a publisher.
If you are in Berlin please visit the Asphalt Tango Music Store in the Art Gallery Kai Dikhas offering rare and popular Gypsy music. The Online Shop is for everybody who can't make it to Kreuzberg and still favours haptic adventures.
Henry Ernst - CEO
Helmut Neumann - director