Romanian Poetry and Music

With all the life events and social medial platforms, I’ve left my blog somewhere in a corner of my existence and didn’t post something in such long time, is a wonder I still get followers and appreciations for which I thank you with all my heart, your kindness leaving me humbled and deeply moved.

Last Wednesday left me with a deep nostalgy and yearning for my beloved homeland, Romania, and its mysterious beauty.  HE Mrs. Manuela Breazu, Ambassador of Romania in Republic of Ireland, and her team, organized an evening of Romanian poetry and music at the National Library of Ireland, as part of a programme celebrating Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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When we arrived we’ve been welcomed and invited to try some amuse bouche, non alcoholic beverages and taste some Romanian wine. The wine, Umbrele, was from Cramele Recas winery, Chardonnay and Merlot, and because I drink almost only red wine, I’ve had some Umbrele Merlot and a sip, more of a little kiss of Umbrele Chardonnay from hubby’s glass. Umbrele wine is made exclusively for export. The Merlot has a smooth and juicy round taste with hints of plum and dark forest fruits, the tannins are subtle and not overpowering the fruity round taste. Even if I didn’t quite grasped the signification of the name of the wine, because depending on the accent when you say the word can mean umbrellas, which I doubt, or shadows, which I’m more inclined to believe is the name translated from Romanian, the wine was very tasty and I’ll keep and eye on the off licences to try to buy it.

As always when is about cultural events with Romanian music and any other type of art, I’m sold. HE Mrs. Breazu made the introductory remarks and presented the programme and the artists invited.

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Barry McGovern, one of Ireland’s most experienced and skilled actors, with a long theatre, film, television and radio career, considered one of the greatest Beckett interpreters in the world, recited translated poems belonging to Mihai Eminescu, Gelu Naum, Marin Sorescu, Nichita Stanescu and Ion Minulescu. I was mesmerised by this great artist and was very happy to see that he dressed in the colours of Romanian flag, a very thoughtful touch.

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Shannon Kuta Kelly, poet and music composer, native of Lincoln, Nebraska, based in Galway, Ireland, read from her poems and travel writings fondly remembering her travels in Romania. We love to see people surprised by the wonderfulness of Romania.

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All this regal was interspersed with works of Romanian composers George Enescu, Constantin Dimitrescu, Bela Bartok, Vasile Jianu, Diamandi Gheciu, Stan Golestan, beautifully interpreted by Andreea Banciu, violonist, Adrian Mantu, cellist, of RTE ConTempo Quartet and Dubliner Dermot Dunne, accordionist. First time I saw the musicians during the first edition of Enescu International Chamber Music Festival 2017, in The Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle, and I was very impressed with their art.

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I leave you here with my best wishes and with a great hope of many more wonderful events like this one.

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Christmas Choral Concert

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We’ve had such a lovely evening at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street Dublin, where D.I.T Conservatory of Music and Drama presented A Christmas Choral Concert featuring DIT Choral Society and DIT Chamber Choir. We were even invited for a sing-a-long of Joy to the world, which we did.

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Greatness

Greatness was wandering around one time.He is still with us, neica Brancusi, one of my beloved Romanians.

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Ludwig van Beethoven

In the beginning of the year I’ve had the privilege to visit Ludwig van Beethoven’s house in Bonn, Germany. It was exciting, fascinating and a very humbling experience.

It is considered that he was born 245 years ago, on 16th of December.

Happy Ludwig van Beethoven anniversary everyone!

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Varcolaci, vrajitoare, luna plina

La ce ma mai uit cand nu vreau sa-mi bat capul si trebuie sa-mi relaxez intelectul

Peste tot in jurul meu am parte strambaturi din nas, cazut de fata si chiar omenescul “du-te acas’ la tine” de la unii bastinasi la auzul originii mele pen’ ca in lumea vestului romanii sunt acelasi lucru cu tiganii, insa de asemenea vad peste tot fascinatie pentru tot ce este romanesc, in filme dai peste cate-un underdog-villain care de fapt e baiat bun, tigan din familie cum e-n Hemlock Grove seria televizata care are tigani, varcolaci si alte bazdaganii. Tiganu’ are nume de polonez sau ceva pe acolo, chiar si pronuntia numelui e poloneza-ceha-slovaca-oricum o pronuntie slava care nu e rusa totusi. Dar ce mai conteaza, povestea e asa: e tigan cu stramosi in piciorul de plai pe-o gura de rai, e jumate italian nu mi-am dat seama care jumate ca ma-sa nu pare italianca si nici numele de familie nu i l-a dat ea deci e o dilema, nici urma de polonez, numele lui o fi agent sub acoperire … poleita. Insa asta seara cand ma uitam la unul din episoade am avut tresariri cand am auzit saraca inima me, cunoscuta doina romaneasca de dor si jale, pe care sincer nu cred s-o fi avut tigani-n folclorul lor. Mi se pare atat de ciudat cateodata sa aud romaneste incat abia la cateva secunde realizez de ce creierul meu a recunoscut cuvintele respective. Nevorbind si neauzind romana in permanenta am ajuns ca unele sunete sa mi se para ciudate si straine. Filmul e slabut insa micile prostioare si mituri despre romani imi aduce zambetul pe buze, are niste efecte speciale frumoase, insa fiind serial e supertrasdepar si de aia pare slabul insa povestea e interesanta. Ce nu-mi place este ca informatia si cultura a ajuns atat de universala, la indemana oricui incat acum nu prea mai exista identitate ci totul e pus, scris, gandit la gramada, confundat si amestecat mai rau ca un cocktail ce-ti da dureri de cap.

Imi place insa sa aud anumite chestii, m-a si pufnit rasul auzind pe maica-sa spunand “da-le dracului” desi corect era “dai”. Influentele insa sund demodate cu date oferite de care romani care sunt de 40-30 de anu in state sau poate chiar s-au nascut acolo, pana si imbracamintea tiganului e exact cum purtau tiganii tineri prin ’80-’90. Macar merge la scoala tipul 😀 Ma mai uit poate apare si Dracula, ca Ordinul Dragonului a aparut de la inceput. Nu pot sa rezist ca-mi plac dragonii, asta e evident.

Chihuly at Somolon Fine Art Gallery Dublin

If you stumbled upon my blog you may have read there are some Chihuly art pieces in Dublin. There is one exhibition with the Ulysses Cylinders at the Coach House in the lovely gardens of Dublin Castle, and at Solomon Fine Art Gallery there are those wonderfully gorgeous pieces which brought me almost to tears when I saw them. The Solomon Fine Art Gallery had their exhibition set until the end of July, but due to popular demand they extended the period to TADAAAAA! 23rd of August. This mean more paradise for my eyes.  You should see them, it is a once in a lifetime experience.

Don't forget this exhibition is extended to 23rd of August!
Don’t forget this exhibition is extended to 23rd of August!

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This kind of glass work sends my imagination to the Catalan and Spanish dresses, the colours are so beautiful, it’s a regal for the eyes.

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The Solomon Fine Art Gallery is located on Balfe Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

You can find them online at http://www.solomonfineart.ie

 

                                                                                               To be continued …

Creative Ireland

I loved this sign. In front of Jam Art Factory on Patrick Street, Dublin.

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