Fall comes with new concerts and cultural events

Newsroom 13/10/2008 | 15:50

Jean Michel Jarre headlines concert offer
The headliner in the list of artists that will be visiting Romania this season is French artist Jean Michel Jarre, the pioneer of electronic music, who will hold a concert in the Polivalenta hall in Bucharest on November 10 at 8 pm. This event marks 30 years since the launch of his seminal album Oxygene, which has become a point of reference in international electronic music.
Jarre will play the concert with the help of three musicians and using his original instruments, 50 legendary analogue synthesizers.
Oxygene was recorded with rare instruments, many of which can only be found in special second hand music stores. Jarre's approach was at the time revolutionary and paved the way for subsequent electronic music artists. Only 500 tickets are left for the concert by the French artist.
Swedish group Ace of Base, who rose to worldwide fame in the 1990s, will perform at the Palace Hall in Bucharest on November 8. The group is well-known for hits such as All that She Wants, Happy Nation, The Sign, Don't Turn Around, Lucky Love, Beautiful Life and Life Is a Flower. Ticket prices vary from RON 70 to RON 200 and can be ordered from the site www.myticket.ro. The concert was organized by Kompass Events, the promoter that also brought Alphaville and Demis Roussos to Bucharest.
The following day, November 9, legendary rock and roll artist Little Richard will take to the stage at the Palace Hall in a concert organized by Events. Little Richard, now 75 years old, fundamentally influenced the transition from rhythm & blues to rock and roll at the beginning of the 50s. Well-known for hits such as Tutti Frutti, Lucille and Long Tall Sally, he is one of the most prestigious singers and composers of the last 50 years. Tickets cost between RON 75 and RON 175 and can be obtained from www.ticketpoint.ro and the network of Diverta stores.
Other headliners of the fall include Thievery Corporation, who will be performing live at the Palace Hall in Bucharest on October 15. Thievery Corporation, namely Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, rose to fame after one of their songs was included on a compilation by famous DJs and producers Kruder & Dorfmaister. The band have so far released five albums, five compilations and 16 singles and had their songs included on movie soundtracks such as Garden State and Vanilla Sky. Tickets come in four price categories: RON 60, RON 85, RON 110 and RON 140 and are available on www. myticket.ro and in Diverta stores.
American guitar player Paul Gilbert will perform in Bucharest at Becker Brau Live Music Club on October 17 at 8 pm. The concert is organized by Becker Brau Live Music Club with the support of Artmania and First Contact Agency.
Gilbert who is known as founder of bands such as Racer X and Mr. Big, combines various musical styles such as pop, rock, metal, blues, jazz, funk, and classical music. He was labeled one of the fastest and most technically gifted guitar players in the world by World Magazine and Guitar One Magazine.
He gained international recognition with Racer X which he founded in Los Angeles and later formed the basis of the Mr. Big band. Gilbert also took part in the G3 tour in 2007 with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci. The musician's latest album, entitled Silence Followed By A Deafening Roar, was launched in Europe on March 31.
The series of UnderLondon events continues with a third edition of UnderLondon Fest which welcomes fresh additions to the London and Bucharest underground stage. UnderLondon will take place both in Bucharest in Club Fabrica on November 13 and in Timisoara in Setup Venue on the following day. The first name confirmed to play the festival is Robots in Disguise, an electro-pop-punk band made up of two women. Other headliners are Trash Fashion, one of the most eccentric bands in the new wave sector of the London underground, and more names will follow.
Tickets for the festival are available online on www.myticket.ro as well as in the Diverta network.

Dakino Film Fest places politics under lens
The Days of Hispanic Film will showcase Hispanic movies between October 10 and 17, when Cinema Studio and Cinema Eforie will host around 11 feature-length fiction movies and eight documentaries awarded with the Goya prize, according to organizers.
The event will start with the 2007 Ecuador production Esas no son Penas by Anahi Hoeneisen and Daniel Andrade. The inauguration will include the participation of director Hoeneisen, who will take part in the press conference and will also attend the screening of the movie on October 10 at Studio Cinema.
The Days of Hispanic Film is organized by the Cervantes Institute. Tickets for feature-length movies, which cost RON 24, will be on sale at Studio Cinema, while RON 10 tickets for documentaries can be acquired from Cinemateca.
But the main film festival in this period will be the Dakino International Film Festival, now on its 18th edition. The festival will take place between November 25 and 29. Since it has reached the “legal age” of 18, Dakino will use its “right to vote.” To be more specific, this edition of the festival will be more politicized and will bring to the forefront more political issues. The film selection of the festival will be like a mirror which reflects the way in which world politics and their effects are seen in cinematographic art.
This year, the film fest will take place at The Light Cinema in Liberty Center, the first 3D cinema in Bucharest and Romania.
The movie selection will be made by Dan Chisu, president of the Dakino Foundation, and Cristina Hoffman, the director of the festival. They are joined in this task by film critic Iulia Blaga.
This year the festival will be split into two categories, documentaries and short fiction movies, but parallel programs will focus on movies with a political substance.

Art and dance
The inventions of renowned artist Leonardo da Vinci can be seen in an exhibition that was opened on October 2 at the Ion Dacian National Operetta Theater in Bucharest. The models, of which some can be used, will remain at the venue for four months as part of a tour that includes 60 countries. They have been seen in total by 20 million people.
All the fifty machines are made of wood and respect to the last detail the sketches in the artist's notebooks. The 500-year-old sketches and projects were made accessible to the public only last year when representatives of the Leonardo Museum scanned 12,000 pages and created a free of charge online archive.
Each model in the exhibition is accompanied by a copy of the original sketch. Among the 50 models are prototypes of the mobile bridge, the tank, the glider, the parachute and the robot. The fifty models were not built during the life of da Vinci but some are perfectly functional. The exhibition will remain open until January 31 2009. Entrance tickets cost RON 20.
For five days, Bucharest will be the taken over by dance as the eXplore dance festival 2008 takes place between October 14 and 19. Professional choreographers from Romania and other countries will present shows that are diverse from the point of view of artistic approach and propose new concepts.
The festival brings to the forefront choreographers who are representative of their generation. Thus, each edition is a new attempt to create a special context for the promotion of contemporary dance and support talented artists. The artists will be invited to publicly present their own shows as well as their personal working methods during conferences and workshops.
eXplore will welcome artists from Switzerland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Denmark, the United States, Palestine, Belgium, Slovenia and Romania. They will perform on the stages of the Ion Dacian National Operetta Theater, Nottara Theater, Metropolis Theater and Carturesti book store.

By Otilia Haraga

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