New global folklore on the edge of tradition and experiment.
Moldavia Calls is an encounter of viola virtuoso and visionary Anatol Steffanet and Mark Alban Lotz. They united modernists and free spirits in an enchanting, creative vision on ‘Folklore Of Now’! A collaboration of personalities of the 'new music’ at the border line of Ethno-jazz and Moldavian music. An imaginative concept on ‘East meets West’. Building a bridge between the vibrant, cultural lives of the urban metropoles Chisinau and Amsterdam.
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Anatol Stefanet and Mark Alban Lotz met during the Ethno Jazz Festival, Chisniau 2004 and 2006 and since then nurtured the idea of an collaborative musical effort within the exciting new East-West European culture. They feel the urge to reflect the opening of the borders in minds and countries of the growing new Europe in a musical form. Moldavia Calls forms a European musical platform for a crossover of Romanian and Moldavian musical culture with Dutch New Jazz. A global European music where both: folklore as well as urban elements of our countries meet in mutual understanding and mutual fertilization.
The first edition of Moldavia Calls is made possible by the Dutch 'Music: World Series' Organisation who joined our efforts enthousiastic. Tours in Holland and Moldavia (a.o. Ethno Jazz Festival Chisinau) within different settings with the aid of different sponsors.
“Bach with a Balkan Overdrive. Exciting dialog between Moldavian and Dutch Musicians.” (Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
“Challenge and virtuosity with Moldavia Calls.” (Haarlems Dagblad, The Netherlands)
“Soundcolour of Moldavia Calls is very clear … . The power of the band lies in the compositions of Stefanet, Palessen and Lotz – an inspiring mix of Balkan rhythm, Keltic inspired melodies, Indian and Cuban motives.” (Leids Dagblad, The Netherlands)
“…. resulted in an adventurous and interesting mix of Balkan folklore and impro-jazz. This melange tasted very good and longs for more!” (Draaiomjeoren, The Netherlands)