Music is a perpetual journey, from the composer’s colourful mind to the blankness of the page, where dreams are meticulously combed, clipped and fashioned until they become coherent form. Then it’s the performer’s turn to translate into living sound the hieroglyphics that had darkened the page, thus creating both in time and space a sound architecture. The audience is now provoked to assimilate the message in its own mental universe. This fragile act of communication repeats itself for each piece from the concert – which thus becomes a journey between musics. You are provoked to such a sound travel Wednesday, December 4th, 5 p.m., at the “Cantacuzino” Palace in Bucharest (Calea Victoriei 141). There you’ll meet SonoMania New Music Ensemble and its conductor for the evening, Alexandru Solonaru, who have chosen to focus on the new generations of Romanian composers. Each of them is different, yet each of them is connected to an undefinable yet typical Romanian expressiveness, enriched by the use of contemporary music techniques.
The concert is included in the MERIDIAN International Contemporary Music Festival, organized by the ISCM Romanian Section (director: Ulpiu Vlad). “Voyage” is supported by CIMRO and, as such, we’ll keep you updated on this event, also including on our website a short interview with the musicians involved in the concert.
Alexandru Sima – “Suite cambrienne” (2013) for oboe, bassoon, viola, cello, piano and percussion
Mihai Măniceanu – “Cadenza” (2007) for cello and piano
Ana Giurgiu-Bondue – “Le Feu” (2012) for soprano, viola and piano
Diana Rotaru – “Play!” (2007) for flute and piano
Sebastian Androne – “Le Voyage de l’Age Voy” (2010) for flute, cello and piano
Gabriel Mălăncioiu – “Linişte” (2012) for soprano and flute
Sabina Ulubeanu – “Raum und Liebe” (2012) for flute, viola, cello and piano
Vlad Maistorovici – “Khadina” (2005) for soprano, flute, english horn, violin, viola, cello, piano, harpsichord and guitar
Alexandru Sima, the youngest of the group (b.1990) uses a wide range of expressions in his “Suite cambrienne”: from darkness to light, from heterophonic weeping to percussion dance, from archaic incantations to jazz, all combined in a sort of ritual from the beginnings of the world.
An appreciated talent both as a composer and as a pianist, Mihai Măniceanu (b.1976) plays with the ironic and absurd in “Cadenza”, using the „à la manière de…” technique. Made entirely of classical and romantic cadenza-clichés, the work is a continuous cavalcade of communication errors between the cello and the piano.
Another double-career musician, composer and pianist Ana Giurgiu-Bondue (b.1977) was inspired by the form of the small, 18th century French secular cantatas for one voice. In “Le Feu”, the composer illustrates a poem by Jean Métellus. The expressive melodic development can be described as “post-enescian”.
In “Play!”, Diana Rotaru (b.1981) takes advantage of the different meanings of the word in English (to play a instrument, to play a game, to play a role, theatrical performance) to create a quasi-theatrical dialogue between the flute and the piano, that chase each other, entwining their sonorities in a dreamlike time.
Sebastian Androne (b.1989) wrote “Le Voyage de L’Age Voy” at the initiative of the “Princess Margaret of Romania Foundation” to be performed in the opening of Anouar Brahem’s concert in 2011. Androne created a homogenous stylistic travel by using recognizable music material in a non-elitist discourse which is made with his usual talent and sincerity.
Gabriel Mălăncioiu (b.1979) wrote “Linişte” (“Quiet”) on the anniversary of his composition teacher, Remus Georgescu. The soprano and the flute weave a delicate and transparent texture on Lucian Blaga’s gorgeous poem.
Composer and photographer Sabina Ulubeanu (b.1979) says about “Raum und Liebe”: “We become aware of ourselves and the outside world through our senses. The feeling is the one that created the notion of interior space, close-far being thus the quantitative expression of love. We fill the distance between us and the others with love, and love is movement, travel towards the other, the space-time in which we all exist, individually and together.”
Last but not least, the violin and composition virtuoso Vlad Maistorovici (b.1985) explores in his sensual “Khadina” the dark forces of feminity, as these misterious entertainers (dancers and sometimes prostitutes) were known for using dark magic. The initial interwoven multiple lamento gradually transforms into a frenetic dance that leads to a final and desperate explosion.
SonoMania is a new music ensemble created in 2012 at the initiative of composer Diana Rotaru, its artistic director. The ensemble gathers some of the best young new music performers in Romania and is fully dedicated to promoting the music of today, as well as significant works from the 20th century. While recently formed, SonoMania has already participated in important festivals in Bucharest (The International New Music Week – SIMN, Bucharest Music Film Festival, MERIDIAN) as well as the “Happoman” Festival in South Korea.
Alexandru Solonaru is the only conductor in his generation that has dedicated himself exclusively to the contemporary music phenomenon. His artistic and managerial talent was made obvious by a series of events such as: portrait-concerts dedicated to Romanian key names such as Aurel Stroe, Ştefan Niculescu or Tiberiu Olah; alternative and multimedia events; the Romanian premiers of works by Steve Reich, Kevin Volans, Mauricio Kagel and Karlheinz Stockhausen; first performances of young Romanian composers.
Performers on December 4th: Veronica Anuşca (soprano), Octavian Moldovean (flute), Valentin Ghita (oboe, english horn), Maria Chifu (bassoon), Tamara Dica (viola), Eugen-Bogdan Popa (cello), Olga Podobinschi (piano), Diana Rotaru (piano), Sorin Rotaru (percussion), Radu Vâlcu (guitar). Guests: Raluca Stratulat (violin), Mihai Maniceanu (piano) and Andreea Butnaru (piano).
The poster is created by visual artist Mihai Cucu.