The Cernea family, Luiza, Adi, and their son Alex, talk about colinde, traditional Romanian Christmas carols. Video by FotoStefan (Stefan Iwaskewycz) 2016.
Concert Video: My Dragobete Solo with Cununa Transilvană
Every year on February 24th, the Center for Conservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture sponsors a performance of young soloists in celebration of the pagan mythical character Dragobete, the Guardian of Love. This year, as a gesture of kindness and inclusion, the Center’s ethnomusicologist Mircea Câmpeanu and manager Marinela Zegrean invited me to take part […]
Sounding Romanian: What’s behind musical accents?
Is Romanian folk music a globally accessible art form, much like western classical music? Or does it require a highly specified cultural indoctrination that is ultimately inaccessible to non-Romanians? In February I accepted an invitation to perform with Cununa Transilvană, Cluj’s elite muzică populară orchestra directed by Ovidiu Barteș. I selected an învârtita, a couples turning dance […]