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Founded in December 2005 by composer and conductor Carmen Maria Cârneci together with her close collaborater, cellist Dan Cavassi, the devotioModerna ensemble aims to embody the devotion to modern music. Its programs take on various ways of expression: from pure instrumental music to vocal-instrumental, from rigorous works to creations sprinkled with improvisations, from live performances to associating pre-recorded music with different forms of syncretism: elements of instrumental theater, projections of photography, reciting of poetry and also lighting techniques or elements of ambient / scenography, in order to make the listener’s experience more intense. Artistic director Carmen Cârneci has chosen a basic structure of six instruments: flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion, to which singers – soprano (Yolanda Constantinescu and Mirela Zafiri) or mezzo-soprano (Elvira Sebat), and sometimes a reciter (Adina Popescu) were added.

During its seven years of existence, devotioModerna gathered performers with a solid experience in contemporary music such as Cătălin Opriţoiu – flute, Emil Vişenescu and Cristian Mancaş – clarinets, Natalia Colotelo, Oana Vişenescu and Ioan Marius Lăcraru (guest performer) – violin, Cornelia Petroiu (guest performer) – viola, Dan Cavassi – cello, Andrei Tănăsescu, Manuela Giosa and Mihail Vîrtosu – piano, Alexandru Matei (guest performer) – percussion. Young instrumentalists such as Ana Chifu and Teodora Ducariu – flute, Valentin Ghita – oboe, Constantin Urziceanu – clarinet, Andrei Cavassi – cello, Diana Rotaru and Olga Podobinschi-Tănase – piano, Sorin Rotaru, Rareş Pahonţu and Alexandru Sturzu – percussion, often join the ensemble and thus gain the know-how of the elders.

The devotioModerna ensemble played its debut performance on December 18th, 2005 at the first edition of the International Festival “Days of SNR-SIMC” (since 2006: “MERIDIAN, Days of SNR-SIMC: Romanian National Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music) and has since had the opportunity to perform in all following “Meridian” Festivals, as well as in the annual occurring International Week of New Music – Bucharest. Throughout its history of performance, including the participation at the “George Enescu” International Festival in 2009, the public appreciated the complexity of the repertoire and received the ensemble conducted by Carmen Cârneci with great interest. Some of the devotioModerna concerts took the allure of events, for example six o’clock tea & art – music: a bit of poetry, photos and tea flavours (December 10th, 2008); Echoes – an afternoon concert; A tandem concert: TRAIECT & devotioModerna; Ah, Celan… (May 2012) and recently …SOMA, Sonate….

The main stylistic direction taken on by devotioModerna is performing Romanian modern and contemporary works, some of them as world premiere. In this respect, the ensemble performed works of composers from different generations, starting with Ștefan Niculescu, Myriam Marbé, Aurel Stroe, Anatol Vieru, Tiberiu Olah, Dan Constantinescu, Theodor Grigoriu – the so called “gold generation” – and continuing with Felicia Donceanu, Dan Voiculescu, Cornel Ţăranu, Cornelia Tăutu, Viorel Munteanu, Octavian Nemescu, Nicolae Brânduş, Fred Popovici, Ulpiu Vlad, Marina Vlad, Adrian Enescu, Doina Rotaru, Maia Ciobanu, Andrei Tănăsescu, Sorin Lerescu, Carmen Cârneci, George Balint, Laura Manolache, Iulia Cibişescu-Duran, Diana Vodă-Nuţeanu, Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea, Nicolae Teodoreanu, and the younger Mihai Măniceanu, Cristian Lolea, Diana Rotaru, Elena Apostol and others. Works by well-known composers from the Romanian diaspora, such as Corneliu Dan Georgescu, Lucian Meţianu, Violeta Dinescu, Liviu Marinescu, Gabriel Iranyi, as well as internationally recognized composers, like Peter Eötvös (Hungary/Germany), Alain Bancquard (France), Jürg Wyttenbach and Jean-Luc Darbellay (Switzerland), Misato Mochizuki (Japon), Aribert Reimann, Wolfgang Rihm and Roland Breitenfeld (Germany), Indra Rise (Latvia), Dubravcko Detoni (Croatia), Ivana Stefanovic (Serbia), Ivo Nielsson (Sweden), Younghi Pagh-Paan (Corea/Germany), are to be found in almost every program.

A Composer’s Portrait: Liviu Glodeanu, a memorable concert featured within the project “Arte Novi”, underlined another stylistic direction of devotioModerna, that of rediscovering valuable pieces which have been rarely performed or almost forgotten. For future concerts, devotioModerna is preparing programs linked to themes of meditation, such as “about sleep – dreams – awakening”, “about elements”, “about nature”, “about measures of time”, steadily moving towards becoming an original and appreciated promoter of new classical music in Romania. (Camelia-Anca Sârbu, musicologist)


Olguţa Lupu

Olguţa Lupu studied piano, then graduated in composition in 1993, at the class of Tiberiu Olah. Doctor in Musicology, she is a member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists. Presently, she teaches music theory and orchestral score reading at the National Music University of Bucharest, where she is also director of the Department “Musicology and Sciences of Music Education”. She presented papers in different national and international conferences and symposia, realized radio broadcasts and published several studies, mostly focused on Romanian contemporary composers or Music Education. Coordinator of the cultural program Tiberiu Olah şi multiplele faţete ale postmodernismului (“Tiberiu Olah and the multiple faces of Postmodernism”, 2008), including a symposium with international participation. Author of three books: Music in the First Part of the 20th Century – Rhythmic-temporal Hypostases (Ed. UNMB, 2005), Music in the Middle of 20th Century – A Rhythmic-temporal Perspective (Ed. UNMB, 2005); Reading in Clefs – a Problem? (Ed. UNMB, 2007). Co-author and editor of the volumes Tiberiu Olah – Restitutions and Tiberiu Olah and the multiple facets of postmodernism (2008); she realized a website dedicated to T. Olah. Some of her musical works are recorded and performed in different concerts in Romania and abroad.

Maria Balabaş

Maria Balabaş is a Romanian artist and journalist. She studied musicology at the National University of Music in Bucharest and obtained her Master degree writing about the role music played in the social evolution of the Radio. She is the moderator of 2 broadcasting programs at the National Cultural Radio – Crossover Morning and The Sonorous Generation - and she is member of the EBU Ars Acustica Group and of Propuls Association, that promotes contemporary music. She collaborates with different printed and online magazines such as Dilema Veche, Tataia,,

Maria is a founding member of the artistic collective Avant’n'Gard, dedicated to improvised music. The group released three albums: Landscape Painted in Tea (bootleg album, 2010), Tinfoil Sun and Untempered Carols (2012) and was invited to participate in festivals such as the International Week of New Music (Bucharest, 2010-2012), Jazz And More (Sibiu, 2011), Bookfest (2012), Astra Film Festival (2012), FanFest (2012), Street Delivery (2010-2011) etc.

As a solo artist, she had a residence in the Sound Delta project (2007), collaborated with ResonanceFM RAdio (London) and participated with a piece on the compilation Framework250. In 2012 she created the graphic score in the project Soundforrest (Viviana Iacob & Dslx, MNAC Anexa, 2012), was invited to participate in Explore Dance Festival with the graphic and sound installation Pasarea care-si musca auzul (“The Bird that Bites its Hearing”) and worked for another sound installation and performance (La Madeleine Sonore) with the French Institute in Bucharest. She also organizes the Sounds That Walk project.


Jazz And More

Jazz And More Festival in Sibiu promotes the most representative contemporary music trends. The festival presents artists that have chosen to explore instead of remaining conventional. Jazz And More is destined to those who prefer living art instead of series of music superproductions.

The festival wishes to fill a void in  Romanian music culture and gradually form an audience for this very special niche: jazz, contemporary music, creative, free music,improvisation. There are concerts, club recitals, jam-sessions, mutlimedia presentations, debates about new music, improvisation workshops. The festival publishes CDs and video materials with its guest artists.

Official website, here.

Facebook page, here.




SIMULTAN is an annual festival in Timisoara dedicated to media art and artistic experiment, creating a bond between different media. Initiated by a group of artists, the festival was born as an artistic project having the goal to create a cultural context of the ‘here and now’ on the local scene, encouraging new and innovative forms of artistic expression, as visual and sound language.
Annually, in the 3 days of events, take place video art screenings, audio-visual live performances, experimental music concerts, installations and lectures.
The festival features local artists and projects, as well as national and international artists and projects, with the support of the different cultural centers which activate in Romania. Thus, the event intends to establish new cultural and artistic bonds between the Romanian and the international art scene.

Official website, here.

Facebook page, here.





Rokolectiv covers electronic music and related arts. This succesful festival has taken place annualy, since 2003, on the terrace of the National Contemporary Art Museum (MNAC), located into the People’s House (the Parliament Palace) in Bucharest. In September 2012, the Rokolectiv team organized a condensed, 2 days festival of electronic music only, De.Kolectiv.

Official website, here.

Presentation video, here.

Facebook page, here.





Eugen Wendel

Composer Eugen Wendel was born on December l8, 1934 in Valea Rea, Romania. He studied in Bucharest at the Technical University (electronics, acoustics and electroacoustics) and at the Music Academy – the current National University of Music (composition). He has a doctoral degree in aesthetics and science of arts at the University Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris. Besides composing, Eugen Wendel was also a sound engineer at the Electrecord recording label in Bucharest. He also contributed and researched as a musicologist in the domains of room acoustics and the acoustics of musical instruments. He has frequenty collaborated with performers while investigating about new instrumental technics.

Eugen Wendel has been living in Germany since 1975 and has a German nationality. He is member of the Society of German Composers and of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists. He was an engeneer and producer at Radio societies, first at Deutschlandfunk and then, since 1977, at West German Radio (WDR) in Cologne.

He has written works for a solo instrument (with or without tape or electroacoustic transformations), collaborating, as mentioned, with various performers; works for various chamber music ensembles, also with voice (soloist or as part of a  choir); works for symphonic orchestra. His pieces are performed in concerts and festivals, as well as recorded by different Radio societies and published on CDs.

MUSIC on internet: Aulodia

Cătălin Creţu

Cătălin Creţu (b. September 8, 1971, Petroşani) is a Romanian composer of orchestral, chamber, choral, piano, electroacoustic, and multimedia works that have been performed in Europe. He is one of the few Romanian composers specialised in electroacoustic music.

Creţu went to a music school in Petroşani from 1977–85 and studied electromechanics at the Technical University of Petroşani from 1990–95. He studied musical pedagogy at the Western University of Timişoara from 1993–95 and then at the National University of Music in Bucharest from 1995–98; at the latter, he also took composition classes with Dan Dediu and Adrian Iorgulescu from 1996–2001 and he earned his PhD under Octavian Nemescu in 2008. He studied with Peter Michael Hamel at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg in 2001–02, as part of the ERASMUS programme, and multimedia composition with Georg Hajdu there from 2005–07. He took post-graduate studies at the Institute for Advanced Study of the New European College in Bucharest in 2004–05 and then, at Český Krumlov in 2000, Bayreuth in 2001 and Darmstadt in 2002. Cătălin Creţu graduated post-doctoral studies (2011-2012) at the National University of Music in Bucharest, as part of the MIDAS (Musical Institute for Doctoral Advanced Studies) programme.

He was a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2009), on a George Enescu grant from the Romanian Cultural Institute. His music has been performed in France, Germany and Romania.

He worked at the National University of Music in Bucharest  as music secretary (2002-08) and, since 2008, as researcher at the Center for Electroacoustic Music and Multimedia. He currently teaches at the same University.

Cătălin Creţu is the Chairman of OPUS Association.

Official website, here.

MUSIC on internet: Entfremdetes Ich oder die Anatomie des ShattensLüneburg Soundscape



OPUS Association (Cătălin Creţu – Chairman) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 2000 by a number of alumni of the National University of Music in Bucharest. Its members – composers and musicologists – have been an outstanding group of undergraduate students with numerous initiatives in the field of music. Publishing a musicology journal (a premiere for the National University of Music), as well as other music publications (dictionaries, textbooks, programme notes), organizing concerts for students and for teachers, and the members’ own professional interests, prompted the idea of creating an organized structure, focused on implementing these activities. Over the years, the members of the organization gained experience through doctoral programmes, master-classes, grants (in Romania, Germany, France, Finland). This contributed to the desire to extend their range of activities (and, implicitly, that of OPUS Association), by means of interdisciplinary programmes encompassing music, dance, visual arts, puppet theatre, and literature, and by collaborating with external partners.

Since 2012 OPUS Association is the main organizer of InnerSound International New Arts Festival.

The purpose of the organisation:

Supporting and encouraging Romanian musicians – performers, composers, musicologists, conductors, teachers, students – in order to promote Romanian culture, as well as new art, on a national, European, and international scale.

Cooperating with other Romanian and European institutions, associations, and organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, from all artistic and cultural sectors.

Issuing specialized publications and promotional material, organizing meetings, symposia, workshops, master-classes, participating in radio and TV broadcasts, as well as in any activity that would help disseminate new art.

Studying the specific realities of the music sector and offering viable solutions to its problems.

Elaborating and endorsing proposals of cultural politics in the new arts and supporting new legislation in order to improve the musician’s status.

Building a material base and a database necessary for the Association’s optimal performance.

Executing promotional tasks, undertaking artist management functions, networking with similar organizations from Romania and abroad.

Organizing workshops, summer schools, seminars, student exchanges, know-how transfers, concerts, festivals, and musical competitions.

Sâmbăta Sonoră

SAMBATA SONORA is a program aimed at developing local appreciation for music research and performance in the fields of contemporary music, free improvisation, sound experiment, radio art and sound poetry.
SAMBATA SONORA consists of public events organized by Jumatatea plina (“Half Full”) cultural association with the support of diverse institutional partners. Since 2009, more than 40 live performances, listening sessions, conferences and workshops have been presented for venues like the Music Academy, Enescu Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum, the National Dance Center, but also a park and a bar. Their events attract a dedicated public (100+ in average), enjoy media coverage, and often provide the first chance for foreign artists to meet a Romanian public.

Partnering organizations for past events include: l’Institut Francais de Bucarest, Goethe Institute, Czech Centre, Arte, Romanian Broadcasting Corporation.

For more info, please see the official blog (in Romanian).