Transilvania IFF Music Night. starts on June 4th, at 9.30 pm and carries on until early morning with five electro music stars of the moment. The bands Baba Zula (Turkey) and Nôze (France), together with Nico de Transilvania (UK), Buscemi (Belgium) and Sekuoia (Denmark) will offer a spectacular performance in the unconventional space of Hala Flacăra (2-12, Someşului Str.), in Cluj.
The evening will begin with the performance of a very young duo from Danish underground music scene, Sekuoia. Patrick Alexander Bech-Madsen and Søren Stenbjerg Gregersen will warm up the audience with a mix of post-dubstep and r’n’b, for which the Danish magazine Soundwave mentioned them among the most interesting newcomers to the electro music scene. Sekuoia is coming at TIFF with the help of the Royal Embassy of Denmark in Bucharest, within the framework of extended partnership the festival made with Denmark, who holds the European Union Presidency until the end of June.
With a style difficult to include in a certain category and a name inspired by his favourite actor, Belgian DJ Buscemi will enhance the atmosphere in the industrial hall in Cluj with an interesting combination of bossa nova, lounge, house, Brazilian grooves, afrobeat, drum‘n’bass and Balkan rhythms. Dirk Swartenbroekx’s ability to handily mix almost any musical genres and to remix with ingenuity popular tracks made him famous among worldwide clubs. DJ Buscemi successfully remixed songs of bands like Madredeus and Calexico, performed concerts in over 30 countries – solo or with his own band, Squadra Bossa – and released several albums, one of them featuring the pianist and composer Michel Bisceglia.
Their explosive shows became a brand: Nicolas Sfintescu and Ezéchiel Pailhès, the duo in Nôze, will deliver on TIFF Music Night stage a high energy performance, where electronic music will blend with jazz, funk, rock and Balkan sounds. Nôze’s music vibrated, for several years, in clubs from all over the world. The duo from Paris got itself noticed by the international audience at the Sonar Festival 2008 and made its reputation with the album Songs on the Rocks.
Nicolas Sfintescu is a highly cherished artist on the French electro stage; he started with hip hop, as DJ Freak, and he is cofounder of the Circus Company record label, which produces music for names like Ark or Jamie Lidell.
Baba Zula returns to TIFF with a new show that promises to be unforgettable. Their spectacular live performances include imposing costumes, traditional or improvised instruments, belly dancers, poetry, acting and VJ-ing. Their original sound, named oriental dub or „Istanbul psychedelia”, is a mix of oriental instruments like darbuka, theremin and electric saz with electro, rock’n’roll and reggae sounds.
The band was founded in 1996, in Istanbul, and is composed of Levent Akman (spoons, percussions, machines, toys), Murat Ertfel (saz and other stringed instruments, vocals, oscillators, theremin) and darbuka and percussion player Cosar Kamçi. Baba Zula was awarded for the theatre and film compositions, being included by director Fatih Akin in the film Crossing The Bridge - The Sound Of Istanbul (2005), an X-ray of the most important musical trends of contemporary Turkish music.
"The consummate entertainer" – this is how the Anglo-Saxon press described the performer who will close TIFF Music Night, on June 4th: Nico de Transilvania. Born in Zalău, Romania, now based in Brighton, UK the DJ/performer whose real name is Nicoleta Cărpineanu, made her reputation with an eclectic style which blends Balkan music with swing and electro. In her live shows, the high energy, irresistible rhythms are sometimes accompanied by clarinet and tuba players, dancers and various performers. Nico de Transilvania worked with Gogol Bordello and Shukar Collective, performed concerts at festivals like The Big Chill, Secret Garden, Brighton, Eurocultured and organizes periodically in Brighton an event named Super Mishto which has become popular on short notice.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.biletmaster.ro and, starting May 28th, at TIFF Box Offices in Cluj.