EUROPALIA ROMANIA kicks off with an eclectic line-up of intriguing projects. The evening will start with an active listening session in an Acousmonium and end in a wild party! Two new commissions will showcase unique encounters between Belgian and Romanian artists. Later, some of Bucharest's most important young talent will get everyone on the dancefloor.
OCTAVIAN NEMESCU: GRADEATIA / NATURAL interpreted by CAROLINE PROFANTER
Octavian Nemescu is one of Romania's avant-garde pioneers and initiators of Romanian Spectralism. His seminal album GRADEATIA / NATURAL was the first fully electronic album to be released in Romania under its culturally-repressive Communist regime in 1984. GRADEATIA was commissioned by Belgian Radio and Television and recorded at I.P.E.M., Ghent. It’s an exploration of sonic, primordial and universal archetypes and a mix of narrative blends, melodic electronic drones and field recordings, which paint an "electronic fresco."
After its reissue via Sub Rosa last year, EUROPALIA is proud to present the tracks in an Acousmonium with 50 speakers, interpreted by the Belgian composer and musician Caroline Profanter. An experience devoted to pure listening that will immerse the public in the sound of spatial polyphony.
Milan W. AND THE TULNIC ENSEMBLE OF AVRAM IANCU
One of EUROPALIA ROMANIA’s residency highlights is an encounter between Belgian electronic music composer Milan Warmoeskerken and a tulnic Ensemble comprising
five women from the village of Avram Iancu. The tulnic is a 2,5m - 3m long traditional wind instrument that has been around since the Middle Ages and was originally used as a communication tool in mountain village communities.
Milan W. spent ten days in the Transylvanian mountains and will experiment with the harmonies and textures of the traditional wind instrument to create a long electroacoustic piece. How far can he go in terms of rhythm? What are the melodic capacities of the instrument? Is effect processing and dubbing possible on this rather big instrument?
This project is realised in collaboration with The Attic,
an online music magazine, which focuses on a wide
spectrum of genres and investigates how music is
modelled after specific socio-cultural contexts.
Raze de soare (Future Nuggets)
During the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the wedding industry boomed in Romania. All over the country, new bands emerged and a new sound, of family events at restaurants or at home, was born. EUROPALIA presents this mix of electrified oriental pop and local
flavours in its contemporary modernised version. Raze de Soare's Albatros EP is a tribute to one of the most famous Romanian wedding bands, the eponymous Albatros.
DRAGOS RUSU (The Attic)
For over a decade, Dragos Rusu has been a constant presence in Bucharest’s alternative music scene. A DJ, journalist and music adventurer, he is the co-founder and editor in chief of The Attic Magazine. The Attic is an online music platform that covers a wide variety of music and promotes Romanian artists and history worldwide.
Dragos’s radio show on the Dutch cult station Intergalactic FM showcases a comprehensive pick of local talent as well as renowned international guests such as Mick Wills, Lena Willikens, Broken English Club and Booty Carrell. His musical approach knows no boundaries in terms of genre, style, time or space—he’s been spotted playing hard, textural techno and acid house as well as intriguing outernational oddities, African, Greek, Turkish, Arabic rhythms and, occasionally, contemporary gipsy music.
Bogman’s history goes back to the 90s, when he started a Hip Hop Radio Show for Radio Nova 22 and organised the first Romanian hip hop parties. The Laborator series of social events that he set up with DJ Vasile turned a small house into the legendary place that every cool kid in town has set foot in - The Web Club.
In 2001, Bogman travelled to New York, where he lived for seven years and worked as a manager for the Turntable Lab store, as a resident DJ for Apt and Nublu and as a qualified hunter of obscure vinyl records for the lucky few. In 2008, back in Bucharest, he launched the Fantastic Boogie parties concept. Nowadays, he, in collaboration with others, works on the programmation of Control Club.