"This isn't your fancy-schmancy Cirque du Soleil cabaret circus of pretentious mimes doing interpretive dance with zebras, this is in your face, hairy carnival barker, sledgehammer test of strength out front circus, the zany escapism that begat the idea of circus is present and under the spotlight in the center ring on Cirkestra."
-C.D. Di Guardia, Performer Magazine
"It has been many decades since American circus has recognized the importance of it's live music. In this recording, Peter Bufano and Cirkestra breathe life into one of our country's most important folk art traditions.
Peter Bufano has lived in many worlds. He is a clown, a musician, a juggler, a composer, and at times all four. He has traveled the musical world of India, clowned in Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, made contributions to both Hollywood movies and Times Square variety shows. His music reflects it's heritage from the voice of the penniless traveler, Roma, gypsy, nomad, to the driving sounds of American pop culture. It rides a delicate balance between slapstick and sentiment, lyricism and angular whimsy.
It's a refreshing experience to have circus music that neither imitates the ethereal audio wanderings of so many present day shows, nor accepts the vanilla pop standards of contemporary sounds. As the band plays on, I encourage you to close your eyes, smell the popcorn, and picture the tent, the circus ring, the aerialist, the clown, the juggler, and the ringmaster all presenting the grandest spectacle."
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
"Fabulous...timeless and original, a combo you don’t see every day" – Nancy Sheehan: Worcester Telegram
"Music Maximus...intimately familiar with the rhythms of the ring" – Katie Johnston Chase: Boston Globe
"Three ring inspired"- Keith Powers: Boston Herald
"It is high speed, foot stomping original music. It is the music that accompanies eye-popping spectacles."- Emily Singer: Somerville News
Peter Bufano: Accordion and Piano
Kathe Hostetter: Little fiddle and middle fiddle
Michael Tuttle: Bass Fiddle
Robert Q. Rudin: Fiddlesticks
Executive Producers: Abraham Sussman, David Bufano
Producer: Peter Bufano
Audio Engineer: Scott C. Martin
Consulting Engineer: Fred Meuller
Art: Greg Stadnyk
Editor: Alison Pereto