Festivals

ICon Arts 2013

ICON ARTS ACADEMY AND FESTIVAL – SIBIU, 2013

The 11th edition of the ICon Arts Academy & Festival takes place in Sibiu, between the 24th of July and the 4th of August. Over 150 participants from Europe, Asia and USA will meet this summer for various workshops in music (solo, chamber & jazz), dance and photography.

This year brings a new section – the Composer in residence program, a special guest-ensemble – European Contemporary Orchestra and the first edition abroad: ICon Arts Rome, in partnership with Accademia di Romania, during August 6-12.

More details on www.iconarts.ro and https://www.facebook.com/icon.arts.

 

Cluj Modern 2013

The Contemporary Music Festival “Cluj Modern” – the 10th edition – will take place between April 7-12 2013. This anniversary edition is organized, as usual, by the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy and its partners: the “Transilvania” Philharmonic, the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists, the Romanian Opera House in Cluj, the “Filarmonia” Cultural Society, the French Cultural Center, the “Sigismund Toduta” Foundation. The festival is supported by the Cluj-Napoca City Hall and City Council.

The festival was founded by composer Cornel Ţăranu almost 20 years ago, gradually becoming one of the most important new music events in Romania. In this edition, its guests are from Switzerland, France, Moldova Republic, Italy – as well as Romania.

PROGRAM (Romanian version, HERE):

SUNDAY, April 7, 7 p.m.

The Cluj-Napoca Romanian Opera House

EVADADA – Coupé show of contemporary ballet and Dada opera

I. Ionica Pop: La Deuxième Aventure (céleste) de Monsieur Antipyrine (2010) – W.P.

Dada opera on a libretto by  Ion Pachia Tatomirescu, after the play with the same title by  Tristan Tzara

Director:  Octavian Jighirgiu

Performers:

Le Cerveau Désintéressé                 Cristian Ignuta / Corneliu Hutanu

Madame Antipyrine                                 Paula Rad / Florica Cosma

Monsieur Antipyrine                                 Simona Buhac / Anca Cîmpean

Madame Interruption                               Madalina Danciu / Alida Barbu

Mademoiselle Pause                           Paula Rad  / Florica Cosma

Monsieur A                                                  István Kozocsa / Marian Vâsc

Monsineur Aa Antiphilosophe            István Kozocsa / Marian Vâsc

Monsieur Absorbtion                               Ioan Stancu / József  Füstös

Monsieur Saturne                         Daniela Burcus / Ioana Sârzea

Oreille                                                          Maria Popa / Ramona Bolojan

Scenography & costume design: Liliana Moraru

Backstage director & lights: Dan Lupea

Music training: Francisc Fuchs

Ad Hoc Ensemble,  conductor: Matei Pop

 

II. Liviu Danceanu: Eva (2010) – ballet in 7 monologues – W.P.

Director, choreographer, costume design: Melinda Jakab

Performers:

Eva 1                    Raluca Lupan

Eva 2                   Diana Buluga

Eva 3                    Viorica Bogoi

Eva 4                    Simina Oprean

Eva 5                    Gabriela Pop Rusu

Eva 6                    Delia Göllner

Eva 7                    Iuliana Barábas

Percussion 1    Samuel Lupean

Percussion 2    Alexandru Popovici

Backstage director & lights: Dan Lupea

Music training: Grigore Pop

The Percussion Ensemble of the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, conductor: Matei Pop

 

The show is realised in collaboration with the National Romanian Opera in Cluj, the “Filarmonia” Cultural Society, the Hungarian State Opera in Cluj-Napoca, the “Viva Vox” Student Opera Festival

 

MONDAY, April 8, 7 p.m.

The Concert Hall of the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy

TRIO CONTRASTE – 30 years of activity

Ion Bogdan Stefanescu – flute

Sorin Petrescu – piano, synthesizer

Doru Roman – percussions

 

PROGRAM

Darie Nemes-Bota  -  Io (2012) – W.P.

George Balint   – … on a  poem by Eminescu (2001) – C.P. (Cluj Premiere)

Aurel Stroe   – Three Pastoral Pieces (1978) – C.P.

Horatiu Radulescu –  Dizzy Divinity for flute (1985)– C.P.

Corneliu Dan Georgescu   – Transsilvanische Motive (2001) – C.P.

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Gabriel Malancioiu –  Triguna (2010) – C.P.

Lucian Metianu   – Attracteur étrange for solo percussion (1998) –C.P.

Dan Buciu   – Inquietudes  for flute and synthesizer (1996) – C.P.

Laura Manolache  - The Leaving on a text by Urmuz, for solo piano  (2009) – C.P.

Violeta Dinescu   – Tabu Suite  (1988)

 

Presenter: Adriana Bera

The concert is realised in collaboration with the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists

 

TUESDAY, April 9, 7 p.m.

The Concert Hall of the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy

CLUJ – À LA CARTE

 

PROGRAM

Ede Terényi  - Two Gallant Dances  (1977)

Iulia Cibisescu-Duran  -  Altri preludi minimi per guitara sola (2006)

Dan Variu –  Interior with a gentleman playing a lute and a lady singing (2012) – C.P.

Liviu Glodeanu  -  Epitaph for Miron Costin, op. 31 (1976)

Valentin Timaru   – Ballad and Prayer on lyrics by Ana Blandiana (1975)

Sigismund Toduta  -  Celestial Touch on lyrics by  Lucian Blaga (1980)

Tiberiu Herdlicska   –  String Quartet (2008) – W.P.

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Vasile Herman – Grafica musicale per uno o per due pianoforti (1969)

Razvan Metea  - Marriage for two pianos  (2010)

Gabriel Irányi  -  Vier Denkbilder mit Benjamin (2004) – C.P.

Cristian Bence Muk – A few musical horror scenes for two pianos (2011)

György Ligeti –  Bewegung (from Three Pieces for two pianos, 1976)

Adrian Pop –  Fünf Liebeslieder on lyrics by Rainer Maria Rilke, for voice and string quartet  (2006/2013) – W.P.

 

Performers:

Mihaela Maxim – soprano

„ConSens XX” Piano Duo: Mihaela Gavris, Vera Negreanu

Horia Haplea – piano, gong

Constantin Andrei – guitar, lute

„Zefiro” Quartet: Ágnes Zsigmond, Renata János-Jakab, Lilla Fodor, Diana Cantesanu

„Flauto dolce” Ensemble: Zoltán Majó, Mária Szabó, Aranka Kovári

„Arcadia”Quartet: Ana Török, Rasvan Dumitru, Traian Boala, Zsolt Török

 

Presenter: Bianca Temes

 

WEDNESDAY, April 10, 10 a.m.

The “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy, Hall No.11

SYMPOSIUM: Traps and Risks of Intra-musical Communication: Terminology, Notation, Interpretation 

Speakers:  Gabriel Banciu (Cluj), Liviu Danceanu (Bucharest), Dan Dediu (Bucharest), Fabio de Sanctis (Livorno, Italy), Violeta Dinescu (Oldenburg, Germany), Corneliu Dan Georgescu (Heidelberg, Germany), Nelida Nedelcut (Cluj),Tatiana Oltean (Cluj), Pavel Puscas (Cluj), Dorothea Redepenning (Heidelberg, Germany), Bianca Tiplea Temes (Cluj)

Complete program, HERE.

 

7 p.m.

The Concert Hall of the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy

SOLEDADES Y ENCUENTROS

Alexandru Gavrilovici (Switzerland) – violin

Costin Soare – acoustic guitar

 

PROGRAM

André Jolivet – Suite rhapsodique for violin (1965) – C.P.

Hans Werner Henze –  Drei Tentos (1958) – C.P.

Bernd Alois Zimmermann  - Sonata for violin (1951) – C.P.

Leo Brouwer –  Balada de la Doncella Enamorada (from the cycle El Decameron negro for guitar, 1981) – C.P..

Serban Marcu –  Variations on a Stray Song for violin and guitar  (2013) – W.P.

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Benjamin Britten –  Nocturnal for guitar (1963) – C.P.

Cristian Misievici  - Frescos for violin  (1976)

Toru Takemitsu  -  All in Twilight – Four Pieces for guitar  (1988) – C.P.

Cristóbal Halffter – Sonata for violin (1959) – C.P.

David Smooke  -  Dance Music for violin and guitar (2000) – C.P.

 

Presenter: Adrian Pop

 

TUESDAY, April 11, 7 p.m.

The Concert Hall of the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy

I.  ARS DIGITALIS

Calin Ioachimescu – Digital Birds for tape (2010) – C.P.

Ciprian Pop – Landscapes for tape (2013) – W.P.

Miguel Azguime  - le Dicible Enfin Fini for tape (2003) – C.P.

Tudor Feraru  - Crepuscule for tape  (2013) – W.P.

Adrian Borza –  Drones II fo violin, nanoKontrol and iPH  (2012)– C.P.

 

Ladislau Csendes – violin

Technical assistence: Ovidiu Barbu

 

II. ARS NOVA Ensemble

Conductor: Cornel Taranu

 

PROGRAM

Ulpiu Vlad  - For You for soprano and ensemble (2010) – C.P.

Viorel Munteanu – Hypostasis for clarinet and piano (1971) – C.P.

Octavian Nemescu – Cristiascensiocello for ensemble (2007) – C.P.

Costin Miereanu – Distance zéro for Bass Clarinet and percussion (2006) – C.P.

Cornel Taranu  - Triade for ensemble (2011) – W.P.

 

Presenters: Adrian Borza and Cornel Taranu

 

FRIDAY, April 12, 7 p.m.

Auditorium Maximum, The UBB Academic College

CLOSING CONCERT

The “Transilvania” Philharmonic  Orchestra, conductor: Alain Pâris (France)

Soloist: Ilian Gârnet (Moldova Republic)

 

PROGRAM

Cornel Taranu – Hetero(sym)phonia (2012) – C.P.

Serghei Prokofiev  - Concerto no. 1 for violin and orchestra in D major, op. 19 (1917)

Dan Dediu  - Frenesia 2 (2012) – C.P.

Doina Rotaru  - Clocks III (2010) – C.P.

Henri Dutilleux  - Métaboles (1964) – C.P.

 

Presenter: Marius Tabacu

Concert realised in collaboration with the “Transilvania” State Philharmonic and the French Institute in Cluj

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.

Posters:

    

Simultan

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.

Posters:

  

      

Rokolectiv

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.

Posters:

  

           

     

ICon Arts Festival

Launched in 2003, ICon Arts has become one of the most complex independent European events in contemporary arts. Each year, Sibiu County (Romania) hosts around 150 young musicians, dancers, actors and photographers from all over the world, which are drawn here by the exceptional environment for experiencing inter-cultural exchanges, professional development and self-management programs, concerts, competitions and workshops held by renowned international artists.
Although mainly focused on music (composition, musicology, solo performance, chamber music, orchestra, jazz), ICon Arts sections are also oriented towards reaching a wider perspective. This is why each edition has introduced something new, from dance to drama, instrumental theatre, visual arts and photography.

Besides attending seminars and Festival’s events, all students are actively involved in concerts and happenings that later often lead to their own artistic projects that are enthusiastically supported and promoted by ICon Arts.

Since 2009 the ICon Arts team has worked with valuable regional representatives in Asia, Middle East and Europe, as they are all key-members of the international artistic community.

Official website, here.

EDITION 2013

Posters:

Musical Autumn of Cluj

Since 1965, apart from its permanent season of concerts, the Transilvania State Philharmonic Orchestra organizes every year the Musical Autumn of Cluj Festival.

The festival presents symphonic concerts, vocal-symphonic concerts, chamber concerts, as well as old and contemporary music recitals. Some of these concerts cast a new light upon forgotten music works, some bring to the audience’s attention the latest new music creations.

It is the most important art music event in Transilvania and the oldest music festival in Romania.

Official website, here.

Facebook page, here.

Cluj Modern

Every two years, in the middle of Spring, the Cluj Modern Festival becomes, for one week, the center of attention in Romanian contemporary musical life. The Gheorghe Dima Music Academy is the principal organizer of the festival; its regular partners are the Transilvania State Philharmonic and the Sigismund Toduţă Foundation. Since its first edition in 1995 and until now, the artistic director of Cluj Modern is composer Cornel Ţăranu, an important member of Romanian cultural life and member of the Romanian Academy.

The festival is a very respected platform of the contemporary music events in the city. The program combines national and international creations, its guests being, since 2004 (the year the festival was founded), the most representative contemporary music personalities: among them, Iannis Xenakis, Krzysztof Penderecky or György Kurtág. The first live european broadcast of a concert in Cluj took place on March 29th 2009, on the occasion of the world premiere of Kurtág’s Colinda-Baladă.

EDITION 2015

EDITION 2013

EDITION 2011

Poster 2011:

 

International New Music Week

The International New Music Week (Saptamana Internationala a Muzicii Noi – SIMN) is the most important Romanian artistic event dedicated to contemporary music. The festival was founded in 1991 by the great Romanian composer Stefan Niculescu and was meant to support a multicultural dialogue between composers and performers from all around the world. The International New Music Week has gradually become the best opportunity for the Romanian audience to hear the latest and best new music works, as well as the most interesting local and foreign performers.

During the 22 editions, many important new music figures have been invited to take part in the festival, such as Iannis Xenakis, Joji Yuasa, Claude Delangle, Mario Caroli, Jorgen Petterson and the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Excelsior Quartet, Tosiya Suzuki and many others. Some of them became regular guests: Pierre-Yves Artaud, Daniel Kientzy and Barrie Webb are the oldest and most precious friends of Romanian contemporary music.

Each year, a project for the festival is proposed at the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists and its selection determines the artistic director of that particular edition, usually a composer.

EDITION 2016

EDITION 2014

EDITION 2013

EDITION 2012

EDITION 2011

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Meridian

Meridian – SNR-SIMC Days is an international new music festival organized by the Romanian Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). The festival’s first edition took place in 2005. Since then, a week is dedicated every December to a large palette of new music manifestations from Romania, as well as from all around the world.

The festival is organized in collaboration with the Romanian Ministry of Culture, the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists, the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company, the George Enescu National Museum and the National University of Music in Bucharest.

The ISCM Romanian Section is a branch of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists, which is the main sponsor of the organization.

The current president of the ISCM Romanian Section and the artistic director of the Meridian Festival is composer Sorin Lerescu.

Facebook page, here.

EDITION 2012