There are some aspects of this work that may seem calculated to appeal to a crossover audience: I'd like to achieve great variety in dealing with different songs-compositions, but the main idea is that there is a kind of meeting, bridging the years and the cultural divide between us and Maria Tanase; that is why sometimes I use Maria Tanase's actual vocals, combined with live material. The album re-connects Alexander Balanescu with his Romanian roots, as it pays tribute to one of his earliest musical influences, the iconic folk singer and actress Maria Tanase. From my research I also get the sense that she was a very interesting personality, coming from an economically deprived background, which she tried to escape all her life.
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Streams Videos All Posts. For the release, he took the works of Tanase and then re-imagined them through his own eclectic musical perspectives, and the result is easily some of the most stunning work ever from the group. Jazz Latin New Age.
Following on from my work on the album Luminitzafor which I took elements of Eastern European folk music as sources of inspiration for new musical material, on this particular project I took the songs of Maria Tanase as a basis for new compositions. Maria Tanase was born inand died in in Bucharest, Romania, becoming the greatest Romanian popular singer and creating a musical genre which is completely unique.
I have chosen to work with these marria for many different reasons, the main one being a kind of gut feeling of affinity. Empty Space Dance Alexander Balanescu. The album re-connects Alexander Balanescu with his Romanian roots, as it pays tribute to one of his earliest musical influences, the iconic folk singer and actress Maria Tanase.
From the melancholy and reflective "Aria" to the playful fiddling balanescj "Interlude," Maria T is a release that shows off the power of a group of musicians who refuse to be bound in by simple genre definitions.
In the same way that Maria Tanase collected songs and transformed them, I took this material and recomposed it, filtering it through my own personal experience.
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I used this legacy, rich in emotional and musical material, as a catalyst for new pieces. Musical groups established in English string quartets Romanian musical groups Contemporary classical music ensembles Mute Records artists.
Also, I think Maria Tanase, notwithstanding her legendary star state in Romania, has the potential to be more widely known. Unfortunately, her voice samples have been processed to sound remote and echoic, and make her seem baoanescu ghostly. This search to push the limits of the string quartet, has revealed an ensemble with a sensibility nearer to a band rather than a classical group, and reflects Balanescu's passionate belief in the intercommunication and fluidity between different musical fields.
Others may find Balanescu has come too close in imitating Nyman in such numbers as Aria and Lullaby, which sound uncomfortably like soundtrack excerpts from a Peter Greenaway film.
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That is why, recently, I chose the songs of Maria Tanase, as the nucleus of inspiration for new musical material. Retrieved from " https: Much like the Kronos Quartet, the Balanescu Quartet have often quartdt many expectations one may have of a string quartet, and with this release will hopefully finally garner even more of the attention they deserve.
I see this project as a very ambitious one, both in its musical aims, and in the means of achieving these aims. This was the main engine in a relentless and passionate search for an identity. Life and Death Alexander Marix. Since its formation inthe Balanescu Quartet has acquired a reputation as one of the world's leading contemporary music ensembles with a worldwide cult following. Wine's So Good At the core of her art is the fatalistic Romanian folk philosophy, with its central idea of the transience of existence.
Like in the album Luminitzamy intention was not to make transcriptions or arrangements of the ethnic material, but to develop through my own quartrt musical perspective a new personal language, while always remaining true to the spirit of the original source material.
As with many of their releases, Maria T isn't simply the work of a string quartet as it encorporates percussion and even sampled vocals from Tanase. Yet Balanescu 's homage to Tanase is sincere, and his fresh accompaniments to her vocals bwlanescu Life and Death, Mountain Call, and Wine's So Good are transparently scored and appropriately shaded.
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