The Romanian music has a unique peculiarity due to the geographical position of Romania and to its distinct historical evolution. The Romanian music identity was born by the interference of the music styles belonging at the same time to the western European countries and to the States located in the East and South-East, where it took specific elements of the Byzantine, Slave, Turkish, Jewish, Greek, Armenian music, etc.
The Romanian culture is fundamentally defined as being a gathering point of three areas: Central Europe, Eastern Europe and South-Eastern Europe, but it cannot be really included in any of them. On the Romanian territory, we find at the same time religious music: Gregorian from the West and Byzantine from the West – as well as laic cult music from the West. These influences acted both on the folk music and on erudite music.
The end of the XIX century and the first half of the XX century are important moments for the Romanian culture, as it reached an important level of international recognition in compliance with the European cultural trends. It was the age of the composers C. Porumbescu, George Enescu, C. Silvestri, P. Constantinescu, reference creators for the subsequent evolution of the Rumanian music culture. The lode of the Romanian music also inspires composers belonging to other nationalities, as B. Bartok, G. Ligeti.
Romania Intemporel allows the audience’s access to the originality of the sound universe of this interesting geographic and cultural space. TRAFFIC STRINGS makes a “Romanian synthesis”, compiling in this show significant songs in order to joint the music tradition as a whole with cult music, by using a specific music language, at the same time deeply authentic.