Demiran Ćerimović and his brass orchestra Vranjski Biseri (Pearls of Vranje) are Romani living in the small town of Vranje in southern Serbia. They have played traditional Serbian brass music at many Romani and world music festivals in Serbia and beyond since 1997. Seven times they have won the Best Brass Band prize at the Vlasinsko Leto summer festival in Surdulica, south Serbia, and three times (in 2002, 2006, 2007) and then in 2008 the highest prize, the lifetime Master of Trumpet award, at the Guča Trumpet Festival in Guča, Serbia.

Demiran Cerimovic

Demiran Ćerimović (pronounced Cherimovich) is a renowned Romani trumpet (rotary-valve flugelhorn) player from Vranje,  southern Serbia.  He is founder and leader of the brass orchestra, Vranjski Biseri. Like many in his community, he learned the art of the trumpet from his father, also a flugelhorn player who performed in a Vranje-based brass ensemble as well.


Vranjski Biseri (Pearls of Vranje) - Winners of GUCHA

Demiran Ćerimović and his brass orchestra Vranjski Biseri (Pearls of Vranje) have been playing traditional Serbian brass music at weddings for Romani and Serbian communities and performing at world music festivals in Serbia and beyond since 1997. Seven times they have won the Best Brass Band prize at the Vlasinsko Leto summer festival in Surdulica, south Serbia, and three times (in 2002, 2006, 2007) and then in 2008 the highest prize, the lifetime Master of Trumpet award, at the Guča Trumpet Festival in Guča, Serbia.


BRASSLANDS MOVIE

In 2013, Demiran and Vranjski Biseri were featured in the movie Brasslands (www.brasslands.com), telling the story of a few Balkan brass players and their orchestras, their part in the annual festival in Guca, and the influence and far reaching grip of Serbian brass music on American musicians who have welcomed the music into their lives.


ALBUM WITH Tonny Hanna & SIMONA JOVIC MOVIE

In 2005, Demiran and his orchestra collaborated with the Lebanese singer Tonny Hanna for their first album. In 2006, they recorded their second album, Pearls of Vranje. In 2008, they met the famous dancer and singer, Simona Jović. Simona Jović fell in love with their music, and she has taken them on her European tour. The filmmakers Bruno Decharme & Barbara Safarova made a documentary film Arakhipena on their collaboration.