The 4 days event is comissioned by InContext Slanic Moldova, a one month residency programme initiated by Alina Teodorescu (London-based Romanian artist) aiming to inspire contemporary artists to develop their practice and create work in non-studio and non-gallery spaces, through engaging with new geographies, audiences and socio-economic contexts.
The residency seeks to create an environment which is favorable to the intercultural processes that takes place in the global world of the Anthropocene. The Man and his actions have become a transforming agent in the geological processes, in climatic changes and ecosystems. Music is able to generate a sensorial space for testing, perceiving and understanding these transformations.
Activities, performances, talks and art exhibitions seek to contribute to a lively and ongoing experiment that finds its ethos in the natural resources of the town, as well as in the rich culture and traditions of the Romanian mountains, known as one of the last virgin ecosystems in Europe. During four days, international and Romanian musicians will experience interculturality from a sonic perspective, as well as the metabolic interaction between man and nature. They will explore various approaches of Indian music (classical as well as contemporary), while experimenting with several instruments.
The residency space will become a resource for dialogue and fusion in itself, the process culminating with a concert at the Târgu Ocna salt mine by Austrian musician Stefan Fraunberger, who will lead a commissioned ensemble comprising 4 Romanian musicians. Berlin based artist and musician Melanie Velarde also joins the salt mine line up with a special performance, preceded by 2 other improvisational acts by Micleușanu M. & A. Patatics and Sașa Liviu Stoianovici & Dan Michiu.