Φιλοξενούμε σήμερα τους Negură Bunget από τη γειτονική Ρουμανία, οι οποίοι μας μιλούν για τη μπάντα, τη νέα τους δισκογραφική δουλειά και το επερχόμενο live τους στην Αθήνα.
** Η συνέντευξη που ακολουθεί είναι στα Αγγλικά**
Welcome to musicmash.gr! Thank you for taking the time out to talk to us today. Please introduce us the current members of the band and give us a brief overview on what Negură Bunget are currently planning.
Thank you for this opportunity, the extended line-up for Negura Bunget is: Gabriel Mafa / Negru – drums / percussion / dulcimer / xylophone / horns, Tibor Kati – vocals / guitars / keyboards / programming, Adrian Neagoe / Oq – guitars / vocals / keyboards, Petrică Ionuţescu – pipes / horns / trumpet / traditional instruments, Ovidiu Corodan – bass, Daniel Dorobanţu – visual design and Mihai Neagoe / Mtz – sound design
This year is a very special year for us because we just finished our new album “Zi”, the second part of the Transilvanian Trilogy. We are quite pleased about how things turned up and we hope our listeners will join us on this journey into Romanian traditional universe. As for the plans we have… this autumn will be the official release of the album and we have quite a busy schedule touring Europe.
What does Negură Bunget mean, literally and metaphorically? Is there a story behind it?
A powerful spiritual energy, connected with the local land and nature, its spirit, ascending and descending, shaping through the clouds of the present. It’s like a fire burning in the depths of the mountain – you have to dwell through all the rocks to reach its warmth. You can feel its presence, but you cannot grab it. Only your clean mind and soul can come close of its presence. From the very beginning we shaped ourselves into relating with it, so that is now part of us. That’s how we understand Negură Bunget. Negură Bunget is a black fog rising from a deep dark dense forest. The name tries to picture symbolically the kind of spiritual and music atmosphere we want to create. The two words come from the Tracic substrate of the Romanian language as a natural connection with the local history and spirituality.
How would you describe your music? If you had to put it in three words, how would you define it?
We never thought about this, we just follow our instincts when we make music but for the sake of the exercise I would have to say Transilvanian musical experience.
Are there any new bands that have grabbed your attention lately?
Well, there is an interesting Romanian scene nowadays… I would gladly recommend bands like Exit Oz, Cobzality, Samanul Mut.
Which Negură Bunget songs do you enjoy performing live?
This is hard to say but being a drummer I would say Norilor is always a pleasure, Dacia Hiperboreana is a perfect end for our gigs, and now I’m looking forward to perform some of the new songs from “ZI”.
In a few weeks you’re performing live in Athens at MODU (Event page: www.facebook.com/events/1063044737154535) , where you’re going to present your latest album “ZI”. Could you give us a hint about what to expect? Are there any similarities and/or differences with any of your previous albums?
Actually, as I said before the official release of the album will be this autumn, we are still working on some surprises. This time we’ll present a classical NB performance, focusing on the 20 years anniversary, celebrating our history as a band. The new album I’d say explores some new territories, both musically and lyrically. We always tried to bring new element with each our releases, and this time there’s no difference.
This live is also a celebration for your 20-year anniversary as a band – pretty long time, I would say. How do you feel about it? Is there a secret recipe for a band to last through the years? What kept you going?
I think dedication, passion and a lot of work even when odds are against you is the key. But I think everyone has his own way of doing things, there’s no secret recipe. After so many years I feel grateful and honored I had the chance to experience so many things through Negura Bunget.
What would you like to say to your Greek supporters and fans?
We are very happy to return to Greece, and we’re looking forward to see you again!
Thank you very much and good luck with your show in Athens!
Thank you too for the support!