Maria Casandra & Sorin Romanescu


NOD – New Old Doina – resurfaces the ancient Romanian Doina – Horea from Maramureș (TN: ancient music styles, customary in Romanian peasant music). The fundamental base of this music project is represented by the two prevalent, vital qualities of the Doina, namely the free rhythm (parlando rubato) and its strongly improvisational character. Joy of the Heart and Mystery of the Word of Mouth These virtues of the Doina meet the musicians halfway and allow a union between the authentic, living folk songs from the Maramureș region and the acoustic and electronic sonorities from the jazz sphere.

Doina, as an independent music genre, the meaning provided to its interpretation, and the music born in its presence, will have at any time the power to exist in the sound plane, together or as separate “entities”. Because the “meaning of its greatness” has the face of universality. “Return inwards and you shall know/That all there is in the world is in the present. (…) A sign that all’s in one, and one in all.” Mihai Eminescu

MARIA CASANDRA HAUSI was born in Baia Mare, Maramureş. She acquired from the local elders the ageless art of “Hori în grumaz” – “Horea Lunga” (TN: Romanian regional folksong style characterized by the union of a lyrical text and improvisational melody). Student of the high school in Cluj, the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy, in the class of professors Alexandru Farcas, Gheorghe Rosu and Mugurel Scutareanu. Laureate of the “Maria Tănase” Grand Prize and Trophy, she has marked and celebrated Doina’s inclusion into the Unesco Intangible Heritage, through the launching of the traditional music album generically called “Doina – Horea Lungă – Cântec Arhaic Românesc din Maramureş”.

About this music genre, that she promoted through tours in Romania and abroad, she confesses that it is the endless universe where she has found her home.

Among her collaborations and music projects: The Iza Group; Nicolae Pitis; Nicolae Voiculet; Margareta Paslaru; Stamatis Kraounakis in the musical “Aristophanes Now” presented in Athens, Istanbul, Timisoara and London (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art); Blanoz; Phoenix in the project “Arhaic Rock” with Nicu Covaci; Subcarpati on the album “Satele Unite ale Balcanilor”, “Roots Revival Romania” in “Colors of Maria” and “Doina Revival” with the musicians Mehdi Aminian, Aleix Tobias Sabater and Emmanuel Hovhannysian; NOD with Damian Draghici and Sorin Romanescu.

SORIN ROMANESCU is currently one of the main jazz guitar players. However, his music personality is not limited to jazz and improvisation. At first, he studied classic guitar, he was a bass player in the band Sarmalele Reci (he recorded the debut album “Țara te vrea prost”), he collaborated with contemporary dance choreographers (Florin Fieroiu, Vava Ștefănescu, Eduard Gabia, Andreea Novac, Mihai Mihalcea), he held contemporary music concerts in national and international festivals, and for several years, he’s been a permanent collaborator of the singer and songwriter Alexandru Andrieș. He trained as a jazz musician in the improvisation class of pianist Marius Popp and later on he established himself on the jazz scene in the quartet of saxophone player Garbis Dedeian.

His activity as improviser has been constant, since the 90’s, through live and studio projects. Composer and producer, his name is related to musical productions for advertising campaigns, documentaries or art films. For the soundtrack of the documentary “Afacerea Tănase’’, he was nominated for the Gopo Award, and for the art film “Câini”, he received the Gopo Award for best original music. He is a collaborator or co-author in music projects amounting to over 20 albums.

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