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Storytelling show at TNB

21 April 2022

  Emy Drăgoi & TVA & Horațiu Mălăele & Mircea BaniciuAn evening of music and poetry supported by TVA (The Value Added Band) and their special guests.Well-known musicians, like Teo Boar (guitarist, composer, member of the bands Pacifica, Mircea Baniciu Band, The Blue Workers) and Vladi Cnejevici (keyboards, composer, member of the bands Compact, Pasărea Colibri, Mircea Baniciu Band, The Blue Workers) joined by Dorin Andone, actor of the National Theater in Bucharest, composer, lyricist and Adrian Vascu, a business consultant, but also composer and lyricist, founded in 2021 - TVA (The Value Added Band).The synergy between the four led to a genre of music rooted in folk music and accents from the rock area, sprinkled with recitations, a bouquet of songs and poetry with a message specific for the life experience of the band members.The Storytelling Show will feature the first album of the band, titled "I am turned back by time", with the participation of the Emy Drăgoi Orchestra and Jazz Hot Club, well known for the virtuosity and uniqueness of Emy Drăgoi along with the professional musicians composing the band.Folk Story, People's Story and Easter Story are some of the songs that will build the value-added evening in April 21, 2022 starting at 19.00.The special guests, Horațiu Mălăele and Mircea Baniciu, will add even more value to this magic evening, due to their moments integrated in the Story.The host will be the television man Constantin Trofin.We invite you to an evening of excitement, joy and surprises, during the Holy Week, in the Ion Caramitru hall of the National Theater in Bucharest.This hall has a special meaning for us, as the late master Ion Caramitru is and will always remain a part of our Value Added Story. Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu 

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Magic Serial Show with Medeea Marinescu & Emy Drăgoi

22 August 2020

Spectators are kindly asked to arrive at the theatre at least 30 minutes before the start of the show, in order to comply with the access rules. ATTENTION! Please read the access regulation! NTB Amphitheatre is a project supported by   Cineacordeon Emy Drăgoi & Medeea Marinescu - from Silent Film to Musical Cineacordeon is a new project by the well-known accordionist Emy Drăgoi, who proposes to the audience, within a complex show, a musical journey begun in the silent film era and the brilliant actor Charlie Chaplin, then reaching scores from famous modern film creations. Emy Drăgoi and his accordion are joined by the well-known actress of the National, Medeea Marinescu - one of the "wonder children" of Romanian film -, who has meanwhile become one of the most cherished theatre and film actresses of her generation. From this moment, the curtain rises symbolically to the world of film soundtrack and musical themes, signed by famous composers, from Charlie Chaplin to Michel Legrand or Francis Lai. You will recognize tunes from the films Casablanca or Smile, but also from the Romanian films Freckled or Maria Mirabela. Cineacordeon reveals to the spectators a conquering musical universe, as it happens with each of the musical incursions that bear the artistic signature of performer and composer Emy Drăgoi.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu

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Magic Serial Show with Aylin Cadîr & Emy Drăgoi

12 August 2020

Spectators are kindly asked to arrive at the theatre at least 30 minutes before the start of the show, in order to comply with the access rules. ATTENTION! Please read the access regulation! NTB Amphitheatre is a project supported by   Emy Drăgoi and Aylin Cadîr - Manouche Jazz The concert of Aylin Cadîr and Emy Drăgoi will bring manouche jazz on the NTB roof again. Emy Drăgoi, a graduate of the "Bill Evans" Academy in Paris where in 2005 he received the title of "Accordionist of the Year" is a musical continuator of the style of Django Reinhart and Stephane Grappelli, these giants of the manouche swing that marked the years of interwar Paris. Over time, Emy has performed countless manouche concerts with David Reinhart, Django's nephew, as a tribute to his music. Aylin Cadîr will accompany him vocally in her own sensitive and playful manner, deep and light, like a relaxed summer evening. Flirting with music from an early age, Aylin was once directed towards the theatre. And the study of acting brought her even closer to her musical vocation, and thus reached people's hearts, by means of word and music.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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"White Accordion Nights" International Festival

12 November 2019

The project White Accordion Nights International Festival, at its 10th edition in the Romanian musical life, pertaining to the field of "Performing Arts" - cultural diversity of the programme, proposes the organisation of an anniversary concert, given by world-class instrumentalists in accordion music, with inserts from Romanian folklore, international folklore, classical or contemporary jazz. The "White Accordion Nights" international festival, at the tenth edition, is a project by artist Emy Dragoi, whose musical career debuted and was perfected under the sign of the accordion. Moreover, he ensures not only the organisation and the artistic direction of the festival, but evolves within each edition in extensive recitals, both as a performer and as a composer. The main purpose of the festival - which has aroused the interest of the audience, artists and field critics throughout all the nine editions so far - is to promote the accordion and the attempt - which has turned into a success every time - to argue in front of the general public that this instrument is one of the most complex, which can performmanifold musical genres, ranging from traditional music, fiddler music, classical music and even jazz. Presentation of the 10th edition In line with tradition, the next edition of the festival will take place in November, at the Bucharest National Theatre. This time, the festival programme will have jazz music as a central theme, along with Emy Dragoi - considered the best jazz accordionist of the moment, both in terms of interpretation, re-orchestration of famous songs, belonging to other musical genres, but also composition - to be accompanied by renowned artists from France, Italy, Russia, Belgium, Argentina, Romania, etc. There will also be an interesting exhibition of accordions, many of the exhibits being part of artist Emy Dragoi’sprivate collection. Emy Dragoi and his guests are the precursors to the accordion's emancipation towards the freedoms offered by this musical genre. The accordion festival will present to the public a varied program, which includes both classical music, vaudeville, cafe concert, as well as jazz, tango or even fiddler music. The anniversary concert will take place at the National Theatre of Bucharest, on November 12th, 2019, at 8 pm. The "White Accordion Nights" international festival in Romania joins hundreds of other established international events of the genre, such as Festival des "Nuits de nacre", Festival d'accordéon Le Grand Soufflet.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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The Journey of a Soul to Mandalay

25 November 2018

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event! The show The Journey of a Soul to Mandalay makes the link between East and West, between the exoticism of Oriental melodies and the harmonic richness of European forms. Acoustic and electronic instruments are blended harmoniously in rich sound which surprises through the originality of phrases and rhythms. It brings to the forefront the initiation story of a soul travelling the world, experimenting sensorially (visual, olfactory, tactile) each moment spent here on Earth, traversing several stages to the much-desired recapture and reconciliation with the Self, in a dimension which they entitled suggestively Mandalay, namely a kind of Sangri-la, but much more profound. The term mandala originates from Sanskrit, and its meaning refers to centre or circle, to the creating point or the inner self. The bases of the mandala creation are lost in Ancient Orient, where they represented for the Buddhists the process after which the cosmos has emerged from its centre and their creation symbolised one’s own transformative journey enabling inner growth. Although presented as a concert, Mandalay has multiple nuances, starting from an epic thread, supported by the narrator’s confession, which gradually undulates in the lyrical meanders and acquires dramatic highlights throughout the flow of the show. Mandalay proposes a contemporary "world music", a music where improvisation passes from jazzy to folk, achieving a stylistic combination pertaining to different times and spaces or what they briefly call: spiripop. The composition is an international one: the project has the gifted Andreea Crepcia as a protagonist, the author of the text and co-author of the music together with Radu Drăgănescu, the one who created the orchestral arrangement of the pieces. We can listen alongside him to Rodica Gondiu, playing a fascinating Asian instrument called esraj, Juan Negretti, the gifted percussionist and architect native ofVenezuela and to Laurenţiu Gondiu, guitarist and well-known composer from the Republic of Moldova. The enchanted flute improvisations of Marius Gagiu are delicately colouring the musical contours. The narrator’s role is masterfully conducted by the special guest of the evening, actor Pavel Ulici. The band’s track record comprises appearances in various festivals, including the Sziget Festival (Budapest), the Dakini Festival 2018, TIFF 2016, the Jazz Festival of Bucharest 2005 and Sibiu 2010, the “Jazz blues and more” Festival 2012. Band composition: Vocal: Andreea Crepcia Esraj: Rodica Gondiu Flute: Marius Gagiu Piano: Radu Drăgănescu Percussion: Juan Negretti Guitar and acoustics: Laurenţiu Gondiu Special guest: actor Pavel Ulici   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  

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Anca Sigartau: Mankush Jazz Dada

13 October 2018

In the continuation of the micro-season of concert-recitals launched this fall by the ”I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre, in partnership with various artists and bands, in the  Open-air Amphitheatre located on the building roof, you are welcome on the 13th October 2018, from 8.00 p.m.,to a new event: Mankush Jazz Dada means an artistic encounter of East-European folklore sonorities with panoceanic jazz and Dadaist poetry. An apparently impossible mix, but which works and tells the audience about the rediscovery of the joy of living freely, about the capacity of breaking the self-inflicted “chains” of conformity and standardization, about what art in general and music in particular are proposing as solutions for the tedious daily existence. The idea of this project started from the artistic experiment of Romanian  TristanTzaraand his manifesto and of the Dadaist movement he constituted. However, although we are using apparently incompatible artistic genres – jazz, poetry, theatre, folklore, medical sciences, psychology, psychiatry, literature and philosophy, we succeeded in coagulating a coherent artistic product, with a consistent message, using  DADA instruments. The Mankush Jazz Dada project is open to all means of artistic expression and enables innovation, through its structure. Thus, we invite you at altitude, me - Anca Sigartău, Manuela Cara – my artistic half from this project and Lucian Maxim, our special guest, on the most beautiful stage of Bucharest, to glance together at the moon, to count the stars and enjoy Jazz Dada.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Aylin Cadir: On the Canopy, When the Moon Rises

28 September 2018

The popular actress of the National Theatre of Bucharest, Aylin Cadîr, whom you can admire from one season to another, as of 2009, performing on the stages of the National Theatre in shows such as The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco, The Dinner Game by Francis Veber or Allegro, ma non troppo by Ion Minulescu and more recently in the concert-show Magic National, invite you to their own concert! On Friday, 28th September, from 8.00 p.m., in the Amphitheatre on the NTB roof, wonderful tunes shall resonate, reunited under the motto On the Canopy, When the Moon Rises! In this concert, Aylin Cadîr shall be accompanied by her band, which she founded in 2012,The Lucky Charms. Flirting with music since an early age, Aylin was guided at a certain moment towards theatre. And the study of acting approached her even more to her musical calling and thus she touched the people’s hearts, by means of word and music. In her first album, Cloud, the charming Aylin Cadîr explores jazz, merging it with pop and – necessarily retro (regarding herself moreover as an “old-fashioned girl”) influences, and as a result we find a unique and very personal combination. Her band, The Lucky Charms consists of young top musicians of the Romanian jazz scene. Together with them, Aylin Cadîr explores musical zones marked by originality, blending Romanian influences with oriental and retro ones with a refined mix of jazz and pop. Their repertoire includes own compositions or original arrangements of the known jazz standards, as well as pieces especially composed for the band. Together, they have held a multitude of concerts lately, they have participated in festivals (Wonderday, Jazz in the Pavilion, AAA in Cişmigiu, Jazz Sindicate Sessions)and in manifold corporate and private events. Happiness, Chemistry, Half of me, My favorite melody are some of their videos. In the new Amphitheatre on the NTB rooftop, Aylin Cadîrand The Lucky Charms expect you to spend together a pleasant musical evening at the end of September, On the Canopy when the Moon Rises! Tickets are still available at the NTB Box Office, as well as online, on www.mystage.ro.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  

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Cineacordeon

23 September 2018

On 23rd September 2018, from 8.00 p.m. we invite you to the open-air Amphitheatre Hall on the NTB roof to the concert – show Cineacordeon Emy Dragoi & Medeea Marinescu – from silent movie to musical. Cineacordeon is a project of well-known accordionist Emy Dragoi, who proposes to the audience, within a complex show, a musical journey commenced in the era of silent movies and the brilliant actor Charlie Chaplin, which then arrived to scores of famous modern cinematographic creations. In the first part of the show, using the projection of the first silent short films of the brilliant Chaplin, but also his musical themes, Emy Dragoi improvises jazzistically on his customized accordion, on the cinematographic rhythm of the sequences unfolding on a screen. The result is filled with emotion, charm and humour, surprising through the “consonance live sound – archive image” and giving the impression of the film’s prolongation onto the stage or the musician’s participation in the film. In the second part of the show, Emy Dragoi and his accordion are joined by famed actress of the National Theatre, Medeea Marinescu – one of the ”child prodigies” of Romanian film – who has meanwhile become one of the most cherished theatre and film actresses of her generation. From this moment on, the curtain is lifted symbolically towards the world of musical score and the musical themes bearing the signature of renowned composers, from Charlie Chaplin to Michel Legrand or Francis Lai. You shall recognize tunes from the films Casablanca or Smile, but also from the Romanian films Freckles or Maria Mirabela. Cineacordeon unveils a conquering musical universe to the spectators, as it happens with each of the musical incursions bearing the artistic signature of performer and composer Emy Dragoi.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  

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Caravane Django - Jazz Manouche - Emy Drăgoi

15 September 2018

A Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli Tribute Brought from France, the country where Emy Drăgoi has completed his musical studies, where he received the title „Artist of the Year 2005” and where he discovered the illustrious promoters of this musical genre - Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli – the pieces presented in the series of shows, generically called "Jazz manouche caravan" actually unveils a musical genre of continuous inspiration for the own performances and even compositions. Unusual musical tunes shall envelop the audience present in the Amphitheatre on the NTB roof, on the evenings of 14th and 15th September 2018, thanks to a vocal-instrumental formula, special in itself: alongside Emy Drăgoi, 2 orchestras shall perform - Jazz Hot Club Romania and Jazz Hot Club junior (whose members, regardless of age, are also performers in other musical genres, such as folklore, classical or tango), but also the special guest from France: Christophe Lartilleux – founder of the group „Latcho Drom” and creator of the soundtrack for the movie „Django”. The association and harmonization of artists from different generations, with diverse musical formations and preferences, find their common ground in the musicality and atmosphere created by the jazz manouche rhythms, elevated by the virtuosity od the ones conveying them, with obvious joy, to the audience. Thus, the show is much more than a musical project: it is music itself transgressing borders of any kind: spatial, temporal, linguistic, stylistic and blends the stage with the hall in a torrent of positive energy and good vibes.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Caravane Django - Jazz Manouche - Emy Drăgoi

14 September 2018

A Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli Tribute Brought from France, the country where Emy Drăgoi has completed his musical studies, where he received the title „Artist of the Year 2005” and where he discovered the illustrious promoters of this musical genre - Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli – the pieces presented in the series of shows, generically called "Jazz manouche caravan" actually unveils a musical genre of continuous inspiration for the own performances and even compositions. Unusual musical tunes shall envelop the audience present in the Amphitheatre on the NTB roof, on the evenings of 14th and 15th September 2018, thanks to a vocal-instrumental formula, special in itself: alongside Emy Drăgoi, 2 orchestras shall perform - Jazz Hot Club Romania and Jazz Hot Club junior (whose members, regardless of age, are also performers in other musical genres, such as folklore, classical or tango), but also the special guest from France: Christophe Lartilleux – founder of the group „Latcho Drom” and creator of the soundtrack for the movie „Django”. The association and harmonization of artists from different generations, with diverse musical formations and preferences, find their common ground in the musicality and atmosphere created by the jazz manouche rhythms, elevated by the virtuosity od the ones conveying them, with obvious joy, to the audience. Thus, the show is much more than a musical project: it is music itself transgressing borders of any kind: spatial, temporal, linguistic, stylistic and blends the stage with the hall in a torrent of positive energy and good vibes.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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