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BACH, 'Reinvented': the Suites for Unaccompanied Cello and a Multimedia Show

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 , ora 11.17
If he could have benefitted from thepossibilities provided by today's technology, Bach, with his genius, courage and depth, would not have hesitated to use any means of artistic expression to take the complexity of his music to the next level. It is precisely a masterly performance of the entire set of Bach's unaccompanied cello suites in a surprising form that cellist Răzvan Suma proposes for his national tour entitled Do You Like BACH?, taking place between 1stand 21stMarch in eight Romanian cities.

A Complete Picture and Music Show

The audience will have the extraordinary opportunity to listen to the six cello suites accompanied by multimedia projections on translucent screens,which will turn the concert into a complete picture and music show. The author of the multimedia concept of the event, Tom Brânduș, has come up with a real visual itinerary for the audience to enjoy throughout the whole concert. Each part of the suites will carry the spectators through a different story: complex projections will illustrate various aspects of Bach's life, elements of the Baroque period, when the composer created his work or suggestive details about cello and cellists.

Musician and multimedia artist Tom Brândușhas studied musical production and visual arts at the Berklee College of Musicin Boston,Massachusetts and is currently teaching electronic music classes at the National University of Music in Bucharest. Among similar undertakings to the one for the Do You Like BACH?concert, he has put together music and video projects for theatre performances, various events and concerts, in which he demonstrated his skills both as a producer and a performer playing electronic musical instruments and live multimedia systems.

Răzvan Suma is one of Romania's most active young musicians, with a vast repertoire constructed over more than five hundred recitals and concerts all over the world. In 2009 he became a soloist of the Radio Orchestras and Choirs and he is currently intensely engaged in teaching activities. Since 2006 he has participated in six tours in trio - such as 'Romanian Piano Trio' or 'Trio Strad'- together with Alexandru Tomescu, Horia Mihail and Toma Popovici respectively.

The Tour Schedule

The Do You Like BACH? national tour will take place between 1stand 21st March in eight Romanian cities: Brașov (1st March - Military Circle), Arcuș (7thMarch - Arcuș Cultural Centre), Bistrița (11thMarch, The Synagogue), Baia Mare (13thMarch - The Rotary Concert Hall at the Art High School), Pitești (15thMarch - The Syndicates' Cultural Centre), Bacău (17th March - Athenaeum), Dumbrăveni (19thMarch -UNESCO Cultural Centre). The tour will end with an extraordinary concert at the Radio Hall in Bucharest on 21stMarch.

Tickets are available atconcert halls over the country and at the Radio Hall box office in Bucharest, as well as on the www.eventim.rowebsite.

The first CD recording of Bach's unaccompanied cello suites in Romania is made by Răzvan Suma, with the aid of the Sonoro Records production house. The CD will be launched as part of the tour and will be available for purchase in the concert halls' foyers at a promotional price.

The 'Do You Like BACH?'tour was organised with the support of Radio Romania Music as co-producer of the event.

Translated by Roxana-Andreea Dragu
MTTLC, Bucharest University