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By Oana Catalina Chitu
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About

I would like to record a new album with Romanian Carols. I started this project two years ago and my biggest wish is to make this beautiful music more known in the world.

Difficulties

The project has a special meaning to me but it is very difficult to make it because of the lack the resources and also because it is a seasonal music. Nevertheless, we want to make this wonderful music popular and well-known. If we record our album, the Agency Asphalt Tango will organize a tour to present this music in the world. All the more I believe that non-commercial projects can take place. I am certain we can do it together!

About the Romanian Carols

Romanian Christmas songs are very special and diverse. They are old and many of them have their roots in the time before Christianity. In the pre-Christian times, the ritual was noisy, it lasted for several days, and the celebrations consisted of plant and animal offerings, common meals, dances and dramatic performances. All this took place in spring or autumn. After the New Year’s procession moved at the 1st of January, near to Christmas, these rituals were celebrated only during the two Christian holidays. We can speak about Carols of pastors, hunting Carols, Carols of girls or boys, Carols to pass (the old and the new year, day and night), cosmogonic carols, moralizing carols like the dispute between flowers and of course, religious Carlols. For the album, I chose some religious and non-religious Carols that I know from my childhood and I decided to record also songs, as I was inspired by other great Romanian artists such as Maria Raducanu, Marta Hristea and the Osoianu sisters.

Why this project?

I want to make this project because its very important to me, it is a part of my childhood, a part of my soul. I grew up under the hard communist regime. The Communists didn`t like Christmas and they restricted the Carols. As a child, according to the tradition, I was gathered in small groups, learned one or two Christmas Carols and wandered around the village with other kids, singing from house to house. People were happy to welcome us, they invited us in their homes, served us cookies before we received our rewards: bagels, apples or some money. I was happy not only because I sang but also because I came closer to the intimacy of the village. These memories are among other the most beautiful for me.

The artists

I started this music project two years ago with the Cymbal player Valeriu Cascaval from Chisinau, Moldavia. Last year the accordionist Dejan Jovanovic from Obrenovac, Serbia, joined us.

Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu (its me!) I was born in Humuleşti in Northern Romania and I came to Berlin in the nineties. My music repertoire includes songs of the Roma and various Balkan cultures as well as tango music from Bucharest in the 1930s. You can find more information about me on the personal website www.oanachitu.info

Dejan Jovanovic was born in Obrenovac (Serbia) into a family of musicians. He learned to play the accordion at 9 years old . In 1999, Dejan Jovanovic move to Berlin to study at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" Classical Accordion. He lives in Berlin, plays with his band or as a guest in various ensembles worldwide, and also makes music for theater productions.

Valeriu Cascaval was born in 1971 in Chisinau. He toured with the world famous pan flute player Gheorghe Zamfir and played in well known Romanian folks groups. Valeriu Cascaval discovered his own way for the interpretation of many pieces of music, including classical and jazz.

Implementation

With your help, we will record the album in a high professional music studio in Berlin. We will record, mix and master from March to June 2018. Meanwhile, we will translate the lyrics, make documentation and do research about Romanian Christmas and Christmas Carols, take pictures and gather all information in a booklet attached to the album. Also, we will start to promote our album. The album should be done until September 2018. We will keep you posted about all these activities.

Where does the money go?

Studio costs (recording, mix, master), honorary musicians, marketing expenses, PR campaign, production and distribution, photos, translation, marketing expenses, shipping costs of the premiums, percentage Kikstarter

Let`s do it together! Many thanks for everything!

 

Risks and challenges

Every person in our team is profesional and responsable. We have a lot of experience in the music area.
It is not our first album recording, we know what we have to do. If we get the chance to record this beautiful music, we know how to do it. We don`t see any risks, just good side effects for everyone.

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    Digital download of the album

    A DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM BEFORE IT'S RELEASED
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    Signed CD just for you!

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    Warm Carols

    HAND-KNITTED SLIPPERS MADE BY AN OLD WOMAN FROM MY HOMETOWN HUMULESTI (SHEEP`S WOOL FROM OWN PRODUCTION)
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    Carols and Balcan Music

    A physical copy of the Romanian Carols album
    + Oana Chitu first Album: “VERKA – Balcan Gipsy Music “
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    Carols, Balcan Songs and Tango

    A physical copy of the Romanian Carols album
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    Carols, Balcan, Tango and Divine

    THREE SIGNED CD´s” VERKA – Balcan Gipsy Music”, “ BUCHAREST TANGO” and “DIVINE”
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    + A special picture album made by Oana in her home town Humulesti. (via We Transfer)

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    Your €100 package!

    ALBUM CREDITS - your name will be written in the album
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    Special for You

    Oana Chitu will dedicate a song to you (or someone you love). You will get it via We Transfer
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    + THREE SIGNED CD´s” VERKA – Balcan Gipsy Music”, “ BUCHAREST TANGO” and “DIVINE”
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    Special for You Deluxe

    OANA AND DEJAN (ACCORDION) WILL DEDICATE A SONG SPECIALLY FOR YOU (OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE) and send it to you via We Transfer.

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    + THREE SIGNED CD´s” VERKA – Balcan Gipsy Music”, “ BUCHAREST TANGO” and “DIVINE”
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    Discover the intimacy of Humulesti

    OANA will sing ACAPELLA for you in the garden of her childhood house in Humulesti. Will make a video just for you. You will get it via We Transfer.
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    + THREE SIGNED CD´s” VERKA – Balcan Gipsy Music”, “ BUCHAREST TANGO” and “DIVINE”
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    Your Special Video

    OANA and DEJAN (ACCORDION) will sing a song you choose (you will receive a list with Romanian and Gipsy songs);
    We will make a video just for you and get it via We Transfer.
    + ALBUM CREDITS - your name will be written in the album
    + THREE SIGNED CD´s” VERKA – Balcan Gipsy Music”, “ BUCHAREST TANGO” and “DIVINE”
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    Your Romance Song

    OANA, DEJAN (ACCORDION) and VALERIU (CYMBAL) will make a new Romanian romance song only for you. We will record and video and sent it to you via We Transfer.
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    Just Travel and Be Happy!

    ONE DAY WITH OANA IN BERLIN or in HUMULESTI (your choice)
    You will meet Oana in Berlin or Humulesti and will give you a guided tour of the city.
    *note: Travel expenses (accommodation and transportation) not included.
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    + THREE SIGNED CD´s” VERKA – Balcan Gipsy Music”, “ BUCHAREST TANGO” and “DIVINE”
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    Your House Concert

    OANA AND DEJAN will bring the show to YOU anywhere in Europe
    *note: if your house is more than three hours drive from Berlin (Germany), you will also have to cover travel and 2 hotel rooms for 2 people. If you have any questions, please message us. Thank you!
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Funding period

- (30 days)