Sara pe deal / Evenings on the Hill
a lyric - musical journey through Romania
Bilingual reading of classical Romanian lyricism with texts by Mihai Eminescu, Vasile Alecsandri, Tudor Arghezi, George Cosbuc, Ion Minulesu and others, and traditional romanian music, transcibed and interpreted by Tangotopia
Birgit Welther - conception, translation / free adaption, narrator
Nikola Lutz - saxophones
Ina Henning - accordion
On January 1st 2007, Romania became a member of the European Union - a country not many people know much about. The things that are generally known, you could count on one hand and consist of recent history or much read legends. Nevertheless, Romania is a European country with an extraordinary, independent culture, that expresses itself, if in no other way, in lyrics and music.
To find an approach to this culture is not easy - there are rarely any translations of classical lyricism to be found, but this obstacle can be overcome. "Sara pe deal" - the concept consists of classical authors like Mihai Eminescu, Vasile Alecsandri, Tudor Arghezi, George Cosbuc and Nicolae Labis, just to name some of the best known Romanian writers. Influenced by the geography and politics of Rumania, especially in rural areas, the themes of the poems caracterize the countryside, the peasant life, the longing, the diremption, the resistance, the wilderness and blandness of the country. They come toghether with vital ethnic music, which underlines and contrasts with the texts, and builds up a sound space that seems to let the audience catch a glimpse of their origin.