Bird’s-eye view on Romanian music

Diana Rotaru

Bucharest based SonoMania New Music Ensemble will perform in July 2017 a new concert-project in Bucharest (4.07) and in Rome (12.07). Bird’s Eye View (Din Zbor de Pasăre) presents an incomplete, fugitive, “panoramic” view on modern and contemporary Romanian chamber music, covering several different generations and styles. Starting with George Enescu, the father of the modern Romanian composition school, and his sublime 2nd Violin Sonata, SonoMania offers a program that includes Doina Rotaru’s Fum / Smoke for clarinet, Aurel Stroe’s Fantasia quasi una sonata for cello and piano, fragments from Dan Dediu’s piano suite, Lévantiques, as well as two ensemble pieces belonging to the younger generation of Romanian composers: Mihai Măniceanu and his wonderful postmodern ludic Waltz Invitation and Diana Rotaru with Verde. Romantic cantability, power, tongue-in-cheek humour but also archaic Romanian lamentation (“doina”), all these expressive colours are used to paint a Romanian musical context as diverse as possible, in-between the New and the Traditional.

National “George Enescu” Museum in Bucharest | July 4th, Cantacuzino Palace Hall, 7.30 p.m.


Accademia Filarmonica Romana | Festival Estivo 2017 | July 12th, Sala Casella, 8 p.m.



Romanian Modern and Contemporary Music


SonoMania New Music Ensemble

Raluca Stratulat, violin

Mihai Pintenaru, clarinet

Eugen-Bogdan Popa, cello

Mihai Măniceanu, piano

Artistic Director: Diana Rotaru



George Enescu2nd Violin Sonata, part 1

Aurel StroeFantasia quasi una sonata for cello and piano / synthetizer

Doina Rotaru Fum (Smoke) – for clarinet and resonator

Dan DediuLévantiques for solo piano, op. 64

Nr. 6 – bêtes nostalgiques – Lamento

Nr. 8 – Axionvorspiel – Scala aenigmatica

Nr. 12 – Le vent du Transylvanie

Mihai Măniceanu Invitaţie la Vals (Waltz Invitation) for clarinet, violin, cello and piano

Diana Rotaru Verde for clarinet, violin, cello and piano


Total: ca 60 min


The concert is supported by The National “George Enescu” Museum and The Romanian Cultural Institute.

Special thanks to Solèart Management

Opera 9 – Contemporary Oedipus

The National “George Enescu” Museum continues its ongoing project of stimulating young composers to write variations on a given theme from Enescu’s extended work. OPERA 9 is a collective opera, with 9 scenes written by 9 different composers - Gabriel Mălăncioiu, Sebastian Dumitrescu, Adina Sibianu, Cristian Bence-Muk, Megumi Okuda, Diana-Iulia Simon, Alexandru Sima, Diana Rotaru, Sabina Ulubeanu – on a contemporary version of the tragic story of Oedipus. The libretto is written by Rucsandra Pop, the main source of inspiration being, of course, Enescu’s masterpiece, the opera Oedipe.

OPERA 9 is part of the ongoing N-ESCU project coordinated by composer Adina Sibianu. The first performance of this new modular opera will take place on May 9th 2017, at the Cantacuzino Palace (home of the “Enescu” Museum – Calea Victoriei 141) at 7 p.m.

Performing as soloists are two of the most active and appreciated singers in Romania, Iustinian Zetea – Bass (Oedipus) and Antonela Bârnat – mezzosoprano (Jocasta, Merope, Antigone and Oculist), as well as SonoMania New Music Ensemble, conducted by Vlad Agachi: Valentin Ghita – oboe, Mihai Pintenaru – clarinet (as well as the part of the Sphinx), Raluca Stratulat – violin, Tamara Dica – viola and Emanuela Profirescu – piano.


Prologue – Adina Sibianu (Bucharest) for ensemble

Lullaby – Gabriel Mălăncioiu (Timişoara) for mezzo and tape

Oraclify – Sebastian Dumitrescu (Finland) for bass, ensemble and tape

The Death of Lajos – Cristian Bence-Muk (Cluj) for bass, mezzo and ensemble

Sphinx – Megumi Okuda (Bucharest) for clarinet, violin and viola

Psychodania – Diana Simon (Bucharest) for mezzo and tape

Technologic Contagion – Alexandru Sima (Bucharest) for ensemble

Oculus – Diana Rotaru (Bucharest) for bass, mezzo and ensemble

The Death of Oedipus – Sabina Ulubeanu (Bucharest) for bass, mezzo and ensemble

Graphics: Maia Manolescu

Cluj Modern 2017

The 12th edition of CLUJ MODERN, one of the most important new music festivals in Romania, will take place this year between April 22-28. You can find the detailed program and the list of organizers and partners on the official website.


April 22


The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy Concert Studio (Ion I. C. Brătianu, nr. 25, Cluj) – 7 p.m.

AdHOC Ensemble

Conductor: Matei Pop,  special guest: Mircea Ardeleanu - percussion


Dana Probst (Vienna) – Hanging Vaults (2012)

Gabriel Irányi (Berlin) –  Bird in space for solo piano (2005)

Corneliu Dan Georgescu (Heidelberg) – Whati-Waiata (2015)

Dora Cojocaru (Montreal) – Polovragi (2004)

Horia Șurianu (Paris) – Antonymes Sonores (2014)

Liviu Marinescu (California) – Harmonic fields (2010)

Ghenadie Ciobanu (Chișinău) – The Signs that are Reflected At Sky (2014)

Adina Dumitrescu (Tampere/Finlanda) – Când mările se deschid în oceane (2006)

April 23


The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy Concert Studio (Ion I. C. Brătianu, nr. 25, Cluj) – 7 p.m.


Iulia Cibișescu-Duran – Decupaje for piano (2015) – p.a.a.

Sigismund Toduță – 4 Coral-preludes (from the cycle 7 Coral-preludes for organ, 1985)

György Selmeczi – Two Religious Songs for voice, clarinet and organ (1993)

Valentin Timaru – Sonata for solo oboe (1967)

Constantin Rîpă – Tulnic for trombone and piano (1983)

Adrian Borza – Here and NowGothan for live electronics (2015)

Tudor Feraru – Trei bagatele for wind quintet (2000)

Răzvan Metea – Avatar for wind quintet (2003)

Dan Voiculescu – Dialogues for solo piano (1975)

Ionică Pop – AIR-PIAN_OP. elipticD2i @ D/G_M-A  for wind quintet and piano (2017) – world premiere

PERFORMERS:  Silvia Sbârciu – piano,  Erich Türk – organ,  Daniela Păcurar – soprano, Alexandru Rebreanu – flute,  Bence Haáz – oboe,  Răzvan Poptean – clarinet,  Gabriel Cupșa – horn,  Cătălin Lup – bassoon,  Leonard Neamț – trombone

April 24


The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy Concert Studio (Ion I. C. Brătianu, nr. 25, Cluj) – 7 p.m.


Ion Storojenco – cello

Paul Hindemith - Sonata for solo cello op.25 nr. 3 (1927)

Gerald Resch - „Al fresco” (2012)

Miklós Rózsa – „Toccata capricciosa” op.36 (1976)


The Transylvanian Quartet

Gabriel Croitoru – 1st violin, Nicușor Silaghi – 2nd violin, Marius Suărășan – viola, Vasile Jucan – cello

H.P. Türk: Meditationen über KV 499 (1975)

P. Bentoiu: Quartet No. 2 „of the consonances”, op. 19 (1973)

April 25

”VERDE” (“Green”)

The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy Concert Studio (Ion I. C. Brătianu, nr. 25, Cluj) – 7 p.m.

GREEN THING Ensemble (Vienna)

Matei Ioachimescu – flute, Natalija Isakovic - violin, Ana Topalovic – cello, Alfredo Ovalles – piano


Cristian Lolea – Mechanisms (2014)

Annie Gosfield - Cranks and cactus needles  (2008)

Diana Rotaru - Verde (2014)

Ciprian Pop – Magique (2017) – world premiere

Cristian Bence-Muk – 9 ½ minutes of stress (2014/2017)

Călin Ioachimescu – Tetra-chords (2014)

Juljia Bal – Chochek (2014)

April 26


The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy – HALL 11 (Ion I. C. Brătianu, nr. 25, Cluj) – 10 a.m.

Social Change, Modernity and Music in Turkey


The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy Concert Studio (Ion I. C. Brătianu, nr. 25, Cluj) – 7 p.m.

Ana Török – 1st violin, Răsvan Dumitru – 2nd violin, Traian Boală – viola, Zsolt Török – cello

Special Guest: Julia Sitkovetsky– soprano (Great Britain)


Adrian Pop – Țiituri 1 for violin and cello (2006)

Paul Constantinescu – Two Etudes in Byzanthine Style for violin, viola, cello (1929)

Arnold Schönberg – Quartet No. 2 in F# Major, with solo soprano (1908)

27 April


The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy – HALL 11 (Ion I. C. Brătianu, nr. 25, Cluj) – 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Folk Music as a Fermenting Agent for Composition, Past and Present

Event realized in partnership with The Bartók Archives in Budapest

Keynote speaker: prof. William Kinderman (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigne, USA)


Vikárius László (Budapest Bartók Archives)

István Németh (Budapest Bartók Archives)

Dan Variu (The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy)

Pavel Pușcaș (The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy)

Bianca Ţiplea Temeş (The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy)

Feza Tansug  (Ipek University, Ankara, Turcia)

Javier Suárez-Pajares (Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spania)

Belén Pérez Castillo (Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spania)

Nicolae Gheorghiţă (Universitatea Națională de Muzică București)

Ioan Haplea  (The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy)


The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy Concert Studio (Ion I. C. Brătianu, nr. 25, Cluj) – 7 p.m.

Cappella Transylvanica Chamber Choir

Conductor: Cornel Groza, special guest: Emil Simion - percussion


Adrian Iorgulescu – Strigături II (1994)

Nicolae Brînduș – Strigătură de alean nr. 2 for solo percussion (1984)

Șerban Marcu – Florile dalbe (2016)

Adrian Pop – Kontula lemonia (Lămâi subțirel – 1987)

Alexandr Tanev – Slance barza (1979)

Dan Variu – FolcloRitmic for solo percussion (2017) – p.a.a.

Ulpiu Vlad – De nuntă (1985)

Tudor Jarda – Nunta țărănească (1967)

Béla Bartók – Hej, de sokszor megbántottál (Hei, de multe ori m-ai mâhnit) from the cycle Cântece secuiești for male choir (1932)

Steve Reich – Music for Pieces of Wood (1973) and Clapping Music (1972)

28 April


The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy Concert Studio (Ion I. C. Brătianu, nr. 25, Cluj) – 10 p.m.

New Approaches to Beethoven Interpretation


UBB Auditorium Maximum – 7 p.m. 

The Orchestra and Choir of the “Transylvania” Philharmonic in Cluj

Conductor: Tiberiu Soare

Choir conductor: Cornel Groza


Krzysztof Penderecki – Ofiarom Hiroszymi -Tren (For the Hiroshima victims – Lamento, 1960)

Miklós Csemiczky – Violin Concerto – world premiere (2015) – Soloist: Kristóf Tóth (Hungary)

Cornel Țăranu – „semper idem” for saxophone and orchestra – world premiere (2016) – Soloist: Daniel Kientzy (France)

Cristian Misievici – Lamentație și descătușare for choir and orchestra (2014)

Silent Film Night @ InnerSound 2015

Four years of InnerSound – concerts in Estonia and Bucharest, the last in the memory of Teodora Maftei, who lost her life in the Colectiv fire.

Graphic design: Maia Manolescu

The only new arts festival in Romania, the InnerSound International New Arts Festival, marking its fourth year of existence through a series of concert events: seven pieces of famous contemporary composers from Estonia, Germany, France. Israel, USA and Romania will be heard in the Silent Film Night, in the interpretation of the Tallinn New Music Ensemble from Estonia.

The original concept of the Silent Film Night, held for the first time in the festival in Romania, bringing together known directors, composers and musicians who interpret live original creations which accompany the silent films, is travelling for the first time outside the borders of Romania, so the first two concerts Estonia will take place on in Estonia on 20th and 22nd November , organised by Animated Dreams Section of the Tallinn Black Nights festival, in collaboration with the Ensemble for New Music Tallinn .

The Bucharest concert will take place on December 3rd, at 19:30 at the Palace Spayer ( Inspayer Batiştei)

The event in Bucharest is dedicated to the memory of Teodora Maftei, photographer and friend of the InnerSound festival, who has been with the organisers since its inception, participating in exhibitions with works of photography, as a performer and providing maximum discretion in promoting the festival team. Teodora loved music in any shape and form, from Bach to rock music and the most unusual experiments of contemporary cultivated music. Music, poetry and photography were the most important parts of Teodora’s life. We are hopeful that our energy and enthusiasm will reverberate positive influences on future generations of artists, therefore, starting with the 2016 edition, the photography prize awarded by the InnerSound New Arts Festival shall be named “The Teodora Maftei Award.”

Moreover, the ‘In Memoriam Teodora Maftei’ concert is a reminder that the fire victims from Colectiv will take many years to recover physically and especially mentally and spiritually. Once the wounds heal, they will need time, energy and financial resources to retrieve some of the beauty and good around them. We can help by donating to the accounts made available to the public in the media.

The programme enlists first time world auditions, first time Estonian auditions and first time Romanian auditions in Estonia.

Brice Catherin (FR-CY) / David O’Reilly (US) “Mountain”
Alexander Schubert (DE) “Hello”
Märt-Matis Lill (EE) / Priit Tender (EE) “Bird Flu”
Yair Klartag (IL-US)/ Rainer Kohlberger (AT) “Pros Mathematikous”
Diana Rotaru (RO)/ Anda Puscas (RO) “Edge”
Ove-Kuth Kadak (EE)/ Kiwa Noid (EE) “Ripple Underneath”
Sabina Ulubeanu (RO) / Mirona Radu (RO) “Ana”

Performing: Ensemble for New Music Tallinn
Mari-Liis Vihermäe (flute)
Helena Tuuling (clarinet)
Merje Roomere (violin)
Talvi Nurgamaa (viola)
Paul-Gunnar Loorand (cello)
Arash Yazdani (conductor)

Organised by the Opus Association, the InnerSound New Arts Festival provides with a new perspective on contemporary music. The Founding members of InnerSound are three composers who include in their creation visual arts and performance: Sabina Ulubeanu, artistic co-director, is also a photographer, Diana Rotaru, artistic co-director, is concerned with the syncretic side of the arts, Catalin Cretu, the executive director, is a multimedia artist. InnerSound also represents a strong platform for the promotion of young composers, musicians , photographers, visual artists and filmmakers , also including internationally renowned artists – Alexandru Tomescu, Henry Vega, Anat Spiegel, Contempo, SIGMA Project, Dublin Sound Lab, Irina Ungureanu, Barbara Lüneburg, Marko Ciciliani, Controllar, Matei Ioachimescu, Ana Topalovic, Gabriel Bebeșelea, Irinel Anghel, Laura Buruiană.

Since the establishing in 2012, Ensemble for New Music Tallinn has proven to be faithful to its promise of bringing about fresh music to the new and eager audience. We could claim to be enriching a new approach or culture of listening to music, by introducing our carefully selected programs, and successfully befriending the audience with the current and valid contemporary music. In our new season we will have pieces from very young composers as well as established and renowned maestri. As previously have done and since we feel responsible for promoting and supporting young composers and their fresh yet high quality music, we will have commissions to composers from different countries and with different background, with no bias except for the quality of music! One of ongoing ensemble projects is to have collaborations with soloists of less common instruments, specially those that could fit with ENMT’s aesthetics and intonation. By giving commissions to composers for writing for those specific instruments and presenting the pieces and instruments to the public, we aim to introduce new means of repertoire, sounding, intonation and possibilities to contemporary music scene.

Ensemble for New Music Tallinn

Partners:  Ensemble for New Music Tallinn, Ministerul Culturii din Estonia, Inspayer, UNMB, CIMRO, ICR, festivalul Animated Dreams, Asociația MagiCAMP,


Veronica Anusca (Photo: Mihai Benea)

CIMRO DAYS 2015: Day 2 (Video)

“Masinisme pentru 8 mecanici”






Day 1: September 20th, The National “George Enescu” Museum in Bucharest


Video: Ion Adam


Raluca Stratulat – Photo: Mihai Cucu



Atelier Maia Ciobanu

Saturday, October 17, 7 p.m., the Small Hall of the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest will host a portrait of composer Maia Ciobanu, “Electroacoustic and Multimedia Musical Workshop”.


“Elitist Manifesto 1″ (multimedia)

Concert for piano and electroacoustic medium – soloist: Sorin Dogaru

“Das ist nicht ein Streichquartett” (multimedia)

The concert will be followed by a DVD launch.



CIMRO DAYS 2015: violin, voices, electronics and typewriters 

The Romanian Music Information Center continues the CIMRO DAYS project that begun in 2014 with two days of new and exciting music. CIMRO DAYS recontextualizes contemporary Romanian chamber music by integrating it in a fresh and rich medium.

Tuesday October 20th, the National “George Enescu” Museum (Calea Victoriei 141) will host two recitals held by two cherished and versatile young musicians. Violonist Raluca Stratulat feels at home on the grand stages with an orchestra in the back, in chamber music ensembles (SonoMania, Icon Arts, Trio Enklave, Duo Atris) as well as in clubs, with electro-fusion projects (Souptrip, Tomma Alistar). CRESCENDO focuses on the violin works (solo or accompanied by electro-acoustic medium) from the CIMRO SCORES collection (2013-2014). In CANTOS, soprano Veronica Anuşca will offer a new view on the contemporary Romanian lied. Her vocal flexibility has permitted the approach of a very varied repertoire, from Baroque to contemporary music and opera roles. Her musical partners will be Mihai Pintenaru (clarinet), Mihai Măniceanu, Mihai Murariu, Diana Rotaru (piano) and Raluca Stratulat (violin).

The experimental evening from CIMRO DAYS will take place at Clubul Ţăranului (The Peasant Club, Intrarea Monetăriei, Șoseaua Kiseleff 3) on Wednesday, November 4th. The collective improvisation project for double-quartet of typewriters and laptops, MAŞINISME PENTRU 8 MECANICI (“Machinisms for 8 Mechanics”) debuted with success during Muzexpo (September 20th, the “Enescu” Museum), being initiated by eight musicians with very different backgrounds (from classical composition to DJ-ing to musicology to performance), but the same passion for unconventional playing with sounds: Diana Rotaru, Ştefan Firca, Irinel Anghel, Darie Nemeş Bota (typewriters), George D. Stănciulescu, Alin Zăbrăuţeanu, Rufi (Marian Cîtu) and Alexandru Sima (live electronics). The follow-up is a drone-noise concert held by the NO APOLOGIZE band (voice, electronics, electric guitar and percussion): NEFELIBATA is a “’cloud walker’; one who lives in the clouds of their own imagination, or one who does not obey by the conventions of society, literature, or art”. The cloudwalkers are Irinel Anghel (voice), Rufi (electronics), Alex O.T. (guitar) and David Szederjessi (percussion).


DAY 1 | Tuesday October 20 | The National “George Enescu” Museum


CIMRO ZOOM: The violin works from the CIMRO SCORES collection


Sebastian AndroneFor Sabina (5’)

Viorel Munteanu –  Lamento (7’)

Sabina UlubeanuCadenţa Lirică (7’)

Mihaela Vosganian - Quasi un altra ciaccona (pentru vioara şi bandă) (15’)

Mihai Măniceanu – Cantabile e Presto (5’)

Duration ca. 40 min

[Photo: Tiberiu Dinescu]

7 p.m. | CANTOS | VERONICA ANUŞCA – soprano

Guest performers: MIHAI PINTENARU – clarinet; MIHAI MURARIU – piano; MIHAI MĂNICEANU – piano; DIANA ROTARU – piano; RALUCA STRATULAT – violin

CIMRO ZOOM: The Contemporary Romanian Song


Dan DediuJocul Morţii şi al Vieţii / The Game of Death and Life  for soprano and piano (lyrics: Ion Bogdan Ştefănescu): “Nocturnal Conversation”, “Hell on Earth”, “Diving”  (9’) – piano: M. Măniceanu

Diana Rotaru –  Meander for solo clarinet (5’)

Mihai MurariuTrei / Three – song cycle for soprano and piano (lyrics: Lucian Blaga):  “Madrigal”, “Moonlight Sonata”, “Three Faces” (5’) – piano: M. Murariu

Marţian NegreaMartie / March for solo clarinet (5’)

Darie Nemeş-Botasing2me for soprano and piano (3’) – piano: D. Rotaru (W.P.)

Şerban MarcuTrei madrigale / Three Madrigals for soprano, clarinet and piano (lyrics: Elena Maria Şorban):  “harun al meu, al raşid”, “fiecare zi” (6’) – piano: M. Murariu

Doina RotaruBocet IV for soprano, clarinet, violin and piano (5’) – piano: D. Rotaru (W.P.)

Duration ca. 40 min

[Photo: Mihai Cucu ]


DAY 2 | Wednesday November 4 | The Peasant Club


Improvisation for double-quartet of typewriters and laptops

Typewriters: Diana Rotaru, Ştefan Firca, Irinel Anghel, Darie Nemeş Bota

Live electronics: Alexandru Sima, George D. Stănciulescu, Alin Zăbrăuţeanu, Rufi (Marian Cîtu)

Duration ca. 40 min

[Photo: Mihai Cucu]

9 p.m. | NEFELIBATA | NO APOLOGIZE (for disturbing you)

Drone-noise concert

Irinel Anghel – voice, performance; Alex O.T. – electric guitar; Rufi – electronics; David Szederjessi – percussion 

Duration ca. 40 min





Organiser: CIMRO (Diana Rotaru – coordinator)

Partners: MNGE, Clubul Ţăranului, UNMB, SWAP

JADD Anniversary Concerts


This fall marks the anniversary of 10 years since the JADD Cultural Association was created and 5 years since the first JADD improvisation workshop. With this occasion, 3 concerts will take place in Bucharest, co-organized by JADD and Control Club.

October 7: MADE TO BREAK (USA, NL, AT): Ken Vandermark / saxophones, Tim Daisy/ drums, Jasper Stadhoulders/ bass and Christof Kurzmann/ electronics

November 11: ROB MAZUREK’s BLACK CUBE (USA, BR): Rob Mazurek/ cornet, electronics, voice, Mauricio Takara/ drums, cavaquinho, voice, Guilherme Granado/ keyboards, synths, sampler, voice, Thomas Rohrer/ rabeca, electronics, soprano sax, voice

November 16: FIRE! (SE): Mats Gustafsson/ saxophones, Johan Berthling/ bass , Andreas Werliin /drums [ Concert supported by the Sweden Embassy inBucharest ]


RSVP here :


Tickets: 30 RON (for MADE TO BREAK & FIRE !) and 40 RON ( ROB MAZUREK) – buy here :  or directly at Control Club (4, Constantin Mille, Bucharest)