Dear friends of music,

This year’s DaDa edition of SoNoRo Festival goes hand in hand with the Dada theorist Tristan Tzara and is dedicated to deconstructing art and reinterpreting patterns, in order to be reborn full of creative vitality. We are guided by the desire to let down the traditional links and to bring the role of art and artists to light, through chamber music, in a society that is under the empire of complex, but certainly evolutionary transformations.

Why DaDa this year? Because the SoNoRo Festival has reached maturity, at a time when the fruits of all these years are reaped and in which we have created an audience for the chamber music in Romania, through the festival’s pilgrimages to the most important cities in the country and abroad. We have broken preconceptions and reconfigured the patterns of the classical form, we have lured the public into the big concert halls, offering the pretext of discovering them, but we have also insinuated into places where it would not have expected us, to convince it to follow us year after year.

That is why the architectural collage of the DaDa edition is composed of various layers, most of them being buildings well rooted in the collective memory of the festival’s friends, but also in halls in which we enter for the first time, such as MARe/The Museum of Recent Art in Bucharest, the first private art museum that opened in Romania during the last 100 years (after the Simu Museum); The Choral Temple in Bucharest, the largest mosaic place of worship in the city; ASTRA Library in Sibiu, known as the first public library of Romanians from Transylvania; Boema House in Cluj, built over 180 years ago, home of Countess Krisztina Bethlen (Kendeffy); the monument-building, where the headquarters of The German Forum in Sibiu is located; Thalia Hall of the Sibiu Philharmonic, an architectural jewel built in 1787; The Religious Freedom House in Cluj, built in the 15th century, the only building in the city with Renaissance and Gothic intact elements and The Sigismund Toduță Memorial House, in which the Cluj composer lived for 30 years.

At the 14th edition we want to overthrow this table with rich fruits, to climb on it and from there to play the Dadaist anthem of the revolt against the norm, to obtain rivers of artistic freshness, inspiration and creativity.
Our approach will be joined by 30 renowned musicians from 25 European countries and together we will recreate in Bucharest, Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca a SoNoRo version of Cabaret Voltaire, the emblematic place in Zürich, where Tristan Tzara, along with other important artists of the early 20th century, protested against the absurdity of their time, of war, of death and dissolution of the joy of living.

Although most of the works in the program lead us to a classical approach, to a closer listening, in concert halls, with Tzara’s manifesto in mind, we will combine playing and the Dadaist experimentalism, which will short-circuit and enrich the classical repertoire, creating a musical collage, which will open an unusual perspective.
Through the chosen program, we will try to make the audience listen to music differently – more attentive, but also more playful, with more humor, beyond “political correctness”.

Thus, we pay homage to the Dadaist phenomenon, reconfiguring this literary-artistic movement, known for absurd, accidental, anarchy, irony and controversy, and proposing to the public a journey that must be captured with wide-open eyes and sharp hearing.
We resume their manifesto and say: DaDa to life! DaDa to love! DaDa to music! DaDa to creativity!
Come with us, open and eager to relive the spontaneous joy of a surprising meeting, which will reveal a new perspective where everything seemed already said!

Răzvan Popovici,
Executive Director of SoNoRo Festival

Dear friends of music,

This is my message:

Diana Ketler
Artistic Director SoNoRo