”About”

InnerSound

Music

Contemporary and classical, avant-garde and traditional, acoustic and electronic, chamber concerts and multimedia shows, get swept in another perspective on what is new and old in music!

Film

Come check out our Silent Film Night, a unique project in Romania that joins the vision of directors and visual artists with chamber music written especially for InnerSound by young Romanian composers!

Photography

Each year we host a photography exhibition inspired by the theme of the festival. In 2014, the “Vortex” selected photos will be on display to be enjoyed by everyone for the whole duration of the festival!

Visual Vortex

SILENT FILM NIGHT
Short mute films with live music (call for projects) | ArCuB 19.09
Performers: SonoMania Ensemble & Gabriel Bebeşelea, conductor.

PERFORMANCE
Urban Sounds / Haina care aude - Daniel Stancu | 17.09-20.09
Futuropolis - Irinel Anghel & Paul Dunca | InSpayer 18.09

PHOTOGRAPHY
Exhibition (call for projects) | InSpayer 17.09-17.10

New Technologies

LIVE ELECTRONICS CONCERTS
Ensemble opus.art - electronics & percussion - Cătălin Creţu & Alexandru Dan feat. Thomas Myrmel (Holland) | ArCuB 17.09
Malgorzata Walentynowicz – piano & synthesizer & electronics (Poland) | UNMB 18.09
Henry Vega & Bart de Vrees - electronics & percussion (Holland) | InSpayer 20.09

MULTIMEDIA
LeVant feat. Darie Nemeş-Bota | 20.09

ELECTRONIC MUSIC
Sillyconductor | InSpayer 17.09
Somnoroase Păsărele | InSpayer 19.09

Encounters in Time and Space

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS

RTÉ ConTempo String Quartet (Ireland) | ArCuB 17.09
Reality Check / Barbara Lüneburg, violin & Martin Mallaun, zither (Austria) | UNMB 18.09
Sigma Project saxophone quartet (Spain) | UNMB 18.09
Irina Ungureanu, soprano & Riccarda Caflisch, flute (Switzerland) | ArCuB 19.09
Mercury Quartet (UK) | ArCuB 20.09

Workshops and Lecturers

Composition Workshop – RTÉ ConTempo Quartet (Ireland) | UNMB 17.09
Composer Lectures - Henry Vega, Vlad Maistorovici, Simone Movio | UNMB 17.09 - 19.09
Modulab Sound Experiment Workshop | Modulab 18.09
Zither Presentation - Martin Mallaun (Austria) | UNMB 19.09
inter@FAŢA - Interdisciplinary Interactive Real Time Sound Generator (dramAcum) | CNDB 20.09

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Program

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ArCuB

Encounters in Time and Space I

‘DIFFERENT TRAINS’ – RTÉ ConTempo String Quartet (Ireland)

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM


InnerSound 2014 opens with one of the most renowned string quartets of the moment. ConTempo was founded in 1995 and has been a resident ensemble in Galway, Ireland for over a decade. Since 2014 it has become the state quartet of RTÉ, Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster.
Read more about the event.
ConTempo website.
Mihai Cucu on YouTube.

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ArCuB

Electronics & Percussion

Ensemble opus.art feat. Thomas Myrmel

08:30 PM - 09:30 PM


Opened towards electroacoustic experiments, opus.art tackles the contemporary musical phenomenon from a multimedia perspective, with consistent new music influences, while utilizing both acoustic and electronic sources, hybridized through the latest technologies.
Read more about the event.
opus.art on Facebook.
Thomas Myrmel website.
Catalin Cretu website.

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InSpayer

Electronic Music

Sillyconductor

10:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Sound designer, field recorder and broken tools aficionado, Sillyconductor (Cătălin Matei) wrote music for mute films, fashion shows in Berlin (Fashion Week), Vienna or London, programmed the sound for performances and installations in numerous biennials and festivals in Norway, Spain, Germany, Italy, US etc.
Read more about the event.
Sillyconductor on SoundCloud.

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National University of Music / Opera and Multimedia Studio

Piano & Electronics Recital

Malgorzata Walentynowicz (Poland)

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM


Polish pianist Małgorzata Walentynowicz currently dedicates her performing work to new music, increasingly in projects with multimedia. The program of her concert will consist of pieces for piano, synthesizer and electronics by composers with whom Małgorzata had been collaborating for years.
Read more about the event.
Małgorzata Walentynowicz website.

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National University of Music / Opera and Multimedia Studio

Encounters in Time and Space II

‘VORTEX’ – Reality Check Duo (Austria/Germany)

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM


“A vortex: a region within a fluid where the flow is a spinning about an imaginary axis. Once formed, vortices can move, stretch, twist, and interact in complex ways. For our Innersound programme, a Suite composed and arranged by two famous baroque composers, the lute-virtuoso Silvius Weiss and the baroque-master Johann Sebastian Bach, builds our imaginary axis.
Read more about the event.
Barbara Luneburg website.
Martin Mallaun.

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National University of Music / Opera and Multimedia Studio

Encounters in Time and Space III

‘UTOPIAS’ – SIGMA Project Saxophone Quartet (Spain)

08:00 PM - 09:00 PM


“Summam in dicabimus signo Σ”. With this statement, one of the most important mathematicians in history, Léonard Euler, inaugurated in 1755 the use of the capital letter sigma (eighteenth of the Greek alphabet) as a sum symbol. Since then, Sigma represents the sum of a finite or infinite series of elements.
Read more about the event.
Sigma project website.

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InSpayer

Performative illusion

FUTUROPOLIS – by/with Irinel Anghel & Paul Dunca

10:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Conceived for a space “occupied” by a visible history, Futuropolis offers its audience a dual interactive experience through sound, movement and light. Irinel Anghel and Paul Dunca invade the InSpayer Bistro, coming from a future where matter and antimatter cohabit. They share this knowledge with the audience, by drawing them in the adventure of exploring the opposites and their unity.
Read more about the event.
Irinel Anghel website.
About Paul Dunca.

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ArCuB

Encounters in Time and Space IV

Irina Ungureanu, soprano & Riccarda Caflisch, flute (Switzerland)

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM


Another concert that covers an extended palette of musics: from Roussel to Pierrot Lunaire to Romanian new music. Capable of modulating her singing from crystalline purity to visceral noise, from childish sweetness to feminine seduction, Irina Ungureanu has a dense and varied musical activity, from solo and chamber recitals to contemporary opera, multimedia shows or flamenco.
Read more about the event.
Irina Ungureanu website.
About Riccarda Caflisch.

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ArCuB

Short films with live music

SILENT FILM NIGHT

08:00 PM - 09:00 PM


The Silent Film Night is, at least for now, an unique event in Romania: a selection of short films is accompanied live by a ensemble that plays musics written especially for these films by the young generation of Romanian composers, graduates of different music universities in the country or abroad.
Read more about the event.
Gabriel Beselea website.
SonoMania website.
Wearebasca website.

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InSpayer

Electronic Music

Somnoroase Păsărele

10:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Somnoroase Păsărele, a project that appeared in 2007, represents the musical research of two artists: Gili Mocanu and Elena Albu. Previous experiences have existed since 1992, with GM recording sounds on magnetic tape. The roots of the project rised from contemporary music (Iancu Dumitrescu, David Prescott).
Read more about the event.
Somnoroase Păsărele on SoundCloud.

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ArCuB

Encounters in Time and Space V

Mercury Quartet (UK)

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM


About Mercury Quartet, composer Julian Anderson said in 2010 that it is “surely the most lively and talented group of young musicians in the UK”. The four exceptional young musicians reunited at London’s Royal College of Music, where they were studying, to play Olivier Messiaen’s iconic Quartet for the Beginning of Time.
Read more about the event.
Mercury Quartet website.
About Vlad Maistorovici.

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ArCuB

Multimedia Show

‘Playful Vertigos & Synergic Performatism’ – LeVant

08:00 PM - 09:00 PM


Swinging between variable experimentalism, playful postmodern aleatorism and the familiar comfort of electro-pop/dance sounds, LeVant’s music is in a natural movement, always exposed to accumulations, accidents, turbulences, excesses and adrenalin.
Read more about the event.
LeVant on Facebook.

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InSpayer

Percussion and Electronics

VEGA & DE VREES – Percussion Works

09:30 PM - 10:30 PM


‘In the beginning there was rhythm’, and at the end of the festival, Henry Vega and Bart de Vrees shall lead the InnerSound audience into a microminimal, hypnotic world where the computer and percussion instruments become equal partners in a sonorous and hallucinatory vortex.
Read morea bout the event.
Henry Vega website.
Bart de Vrees website.

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InSpayer

JAM SESSION

10:30 PM - 11:30 PM


JAM SESSION with the InnerSound musical guests.

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National University of Music

September, 17th

COMPOSITION WORKSHOP

11:00 AM - 01:30 PM


Composition workshop with RTÉ ConTempo Quartet.
Read more about the event.

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National University of Music

September, 18th

COMPOSITION LECTURE

01:30 PM - 02:30 PM


Composition lecture with Simone Movio.
Read more about the event.

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Modulab

September, 18th

DIY ELECTRONIC MUSIC INSTRUMENTS

03:00 PM - 05:00 PM


Sound Experiment Workshop.
Read more about the event.

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National University of Music

September, 19th

COMPOSITION LECTURES

11:00 PM - 01:00 PM


Composition lectures with Henry Vega and Vlad Maistorovici.
Read more about the event.

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National University of Music

September, 19th

ZITHER PRESENTATION

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM


Zither presentation by Martin Mallaun.
Read more about the event.

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CNDB

September, 20th

inter@FAŢA – Interdisciplinary Interactive Real Time Sound Generator

11:00 AM - 02:00 PM


Sound Experiment Presentation - inter@FAŢA - Interdisciplinary Interactive Real Time Sound Generator.
Read more about the event.

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All around Bucharest

September, 15th to 20th

Daniel Stancu: URBAN SOUNDS / Haina care aude

10:00 AM - 07:00 PM


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”Where?”

ArCuB

Organizers

Organizer: OPUS Association

Artistic Directors: Sabina Ulubeanu, Diana Rotaru

Executive Director: Cătălin Creţu

Main Partners: Raiffeisen Bank, AFCN,  ArCuB, InSpayer, The Romanian Cultural Institute, The National University of Music in Bucharest (UNMB) & The Electroacoustic and Multimedia Music Center, RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland’s National Public Service Broadcaster), The Austrian Cultural Forum, The Bucharest Polish Institute, Culture.pl, City of Gdańsk, ETXEPARE – Basque Institute, INAEM – National Spanish Institute of Arts and Music, The Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest, CIMRO, Modulab, dramAcum, CNDB, Brigada de Voluntari, Wearebasca, Bilete.ro, Poşta Română, Sofa Mix Studio, All Deco International, The National “George Enescu” Museum, Kodex, Heineken

Communication Partner: OMA Vision

Main Media Partners: Digi 24 , RFI

Media partners: Ziare.com, Igloo Media, Think Outside the Box, 9 AM, Kudika.ro, Garbo, Liternet.ro, Hotnews, Ziarul Metropolis

Technical Supervisor: Thomas Myrmel

Graphic Design: Maia Manolescu

Video: Mihai Cucu

Team: Andrea Chiricescu, Dan Bujor, Dan Alexandru, Lucian Indre, Andrei Mîță, Viorica Stoica, Ionela Chirila, Cornel Brad

(Cătălin Creţu – Chairman) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 2000 by a number of alumni of the National University of Music in Bucharest. Its members – composers and musicologists – have been an outstanding group of undergraduate students with numerous initiatives in the field of music. Publishing a musicology journal (a premiere for the National University of Music), as well as other music publications (dictionaries, textbooks, programme notes), organizing concerts for students and for teachers, and the members’ own professional interests, prompted the idea of creating an organized structure, focused on implementing these activities. Over the years, the members of the organization gained experience through doctoral programmes, master-classes, grants (in Romania, Germany, France, Finland). This contributed to the desire to extend their range of activities (and, implicitly, that of OPUS Association), by means of interdisciplinary programmes encompassing music, dance, visual arts, puppet theatre, and literature, and by collaborating with external partners.

 

The purpose of the organization:

 

  • Supporting and encouraging Romanian musicians – performers, composers, musicologists, conductors, teachers, students – in order to promote Romanian culture, as well as new art, on a national, European, and international scale.

 

  • Cooperating with other Romanian and European institutions, associations, and organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, from all artistic and cultural sectors.
  • Issuing specialized publications and promotional material, organizing meetings, symposia, workshops, master-classes, participating in radio and TV broadcasts, as well as in any activity that would help disseminate new art.

 

  • Studying the specific realities of the music sector and offering viable solutions to its problems.

 

  • Elaborating and endorsing proposals of cultural politics in the new arts and supporting new legislation in order to improve the musician’s status.

 

  • Building a material base and a database necessary for the Association’s optimal performance.

 

  • Executing promotional tasks, undertaking artist management functions, networking with similar organizations from Romania and abroad.

 

Organizing workshops, summer schools, seminars, student exchanges, know-how transfers, concerts, festivals, and musical competitions.

Sabina Ulubeanu

Artistic Director

 

Sabina was born in Bucharest, on the 3rd of August, 1979. She began her musical studies at the age of 5, studied piano at the George Enescu Music Highschool and then Composition at the National Music University of Bucharest, with Tiberiu Olah and Doina Rotaru (Master in 2004). In 2001/2002 she studied composition with Violeta Dinescu at the Oldenburg University in Germany and in 2011 she completed her PhD studies with the thesis „The Function of Memory in the Construction of Musical Time”.

Sabina Ulubeanu is an active presence on Romanian and international stage. Her works, chamber music, multimedia or symphonic, are being performed in Romania and abroad (France, Germany, US, Lithuania, Italy, Belgium , Austria etc). and received national and international prizes. About her music, the composer writes: To write music is for me a necessity, a must. I need to express myself, my feelings, and my emotions. So, my music is first of all  intimate and subjective, my vision of the world.
Sabina Ulubeanu is also a photographer, exhibiting her images in Bucharest, Lisbon, Vienna, in group and solo exhibitions. In her photography, she approaches strange, intimate spaces, building warm connections with human subjects and reflecting her own feelings on reality. She is interested in bringing together space, time and memory elements that unify the music and the visual arts. Her recent works combine the two, adding to the music strong visual support.
Sabina was  the main music critic for the George Enescu Festival website, edition 2013.

In April 2011, Sabina Ulubeanu, together with fellow composer Diana Rotaru, began orchestrating an older dream, the InnerSound New Arts Festival Bucharest, which had its first edition  between 28-30 August 2012 and the second between 26-31 August 2013.
Last , but not least, Sabina is the proud young mother of two amazing children, aged 12 and 7. They are hers everyday joy and inspiration.

http://sabinaulubeanu.instantencore.com

Diana Rotaru

Artistic Director

 

One of the most visible young Romanian composers, Diana Rotaru studied with  Ştefan Niculescu and Dan Dediu at the  National University of Music in Bucharest – where she has a PhD in Composition (with the dissertation The Recent Trance and the Principle of Repetition in new Music) – and with Frederic Durieux at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (2005-2006). She participated at different summer composition courses such as Acanthes (Metz, 2008), Voix Nouvelles-Royaumont (2002 and 2006), or the International Bartok Seminary (Szombathely, 2003).

 

She was a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (Autumn 2007), on a George Enescu grant from the Romanian Cultural Institute. In April 2011 she was an artist-in-residence at Villa Sträuli, Winterthur (Switzerland), at the invitation of Ensemble TaG, who performed her music in two concerts during that period (Verborgen in einer Muschel/ Hidden Inside a Shell - Theater am Gleis and Meet the Artist: Diana Rotaru -Villa Sträuli).

 

She has won numerous prizes, among which the Romanian Academy’s George Enescu Award (2010), the ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award (World Music Days, Vilnius, 2008), the Irino Prize (Japan, 2004) or the George Enescu Prize ex-aequo (Romania, 2003 and 2005). Her works are performed in Europe, U.S. and Japan. Her works have been commissioned by Ensemble XXI (Dijon), Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Pärlor för svin, Ernst von Siemens Foundation, Takefu International Music Festival, etc.

 

Diana Rotaru is a member of the syncretic group SeduCânt and artistic director of SonoMania new music ensemble. She is currently teaching at the National University of Music in Bucharest (Composition and Compositional Practice) where she also coordinates the Romanian Music Information Center (cimro.ro).

 

www.dianarotaru.com

Cătălin Creţu

Executive Director

 

Cătălin Creţu (b. September 8, 1971, Petroşani) is a Romanian composer of orchestral, chamber, choral, piano, electroacoustic, and multimedia works that have been performed in Europe. He is one of the few Romanian composers specialized in electroacoustic music.

Creţu went to a music school in Petroşani from 1977–85 and studied electromechanics at the Technical University of Petroşani from 1990–95. He studied musical pedagogy at the Western University of Timişoara from 1993–95 and then at the National University of Music in Bucharest from 1995–98; at the latter, he also took composition classes with Dan Dediu and Adrian Iorgulescu from 1996–2001 and he earned his PhD under Octavian Nemescu in 2008. He studied with Peter Michael Hamel at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg in 2001–02, as part of the ERASMUS programme, and multimedia composition with Georg Hajdu there from 2005–07. He took post-graduate studies at the Institute for Advanced Study of the New European College in Bucharest in 2004–05 and then, at Český Krumlov in 2000, Bayreuth in 2001 and Darmstadt in 2002. Cătălin Creţu graduated post-doctoral studies (2011-2012) at the National University of Music in Bucharest, as part of the MIDAS (Musical Institute for Doctoral Advanced Studies) programme.

He was a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2009), on a George Enescu grant from the Romanian Cultural Institute. His music has been performed in France, Germany and Romania. He worked at the National University of Music in Bucharest  as music secretary (2002-08) and, since 2008, as researcher at the Center for Electroacoustic Music and Multimedia. He currently teaches at the same University.

 

Cătălin Creţu is the President of OPUS Association and founding member of opus.art ensemble.

http://www.catalincretu.ro/

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