The unique event “The Cave Between Worlds” will take place for two days, on the 2nd and the 3rd of August, 2019, inside the “Valea Cetatii” cave in Rasnov.
• The first day will be reserved the musical projects “Alone In The Hollow Garden” and “Aktau Eos”.
• On the second day, concerts will be held by “ARAC Ensemble” and “Void Ov Voices”.
The time of the artistic acts on each day will be no more than one and a half hour for reasons of protecting the ecosystem of the cave.
For this event a maximum of 30 tickets will be offered on sale which will be available from April 24, 2019, at 10:00 AM online on www.iabilet.ro and from the iabilet shops.
Those who will buy tickets at this event will have two days access, snacks and an alcohol products tasting from Republic of Moldavia (wine, cognac and others).
In addition, the participants will get two more presents: a Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2019 T-shirt and a “The Cave Between Worlds 2019” T-shirt. And if until the date of the event “The Cave Between Worlds” they also bought an all-day subscription at Rockstadt Extreme Fest, they will have access to the VIP platform of the festival, based on the bracelets received at the cave event.
The ticket for this unique event “The Cave Between Worlds” costs 1,000 RON.
On the occasion of this event, a prize contest consisting of 30 individual nominal invitations, prizes to be awarded after a draw, will be held.
• Duration of the contest: 10 weeks, starting with 29.04.2019
• Frequency of draws: draws will take place weekly to designate 3 winners (every week)
• Every week on the Facebook page of the event there will be a post that will have two posters (Rockstadt Extreme Fest and The Cave Between Worlds) that must be “shared” publicly (shared)
• At the end of the week: people who have “publicly” shared the post mentioned above will be in a “random.org” extraction, with 3 invitations, each for 1 person.
Participation Criteria: Only people over the age of 18 and only if they have already purchased a Rockstadt Extreme Fest all days pass can participate at this contest.
The winners of the contest will benefit from access to the cave event for both days, snacks, tasting of alcoholic products from Republic of Moldavia (wine, cognac and others), Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2019 T-shirt and “The Cave Between Worlds 2019” T-shirt and will have access to the VIP platform from the festival, based on the cave bracelets.
Recommendation: On this occasion we reiterated the recommendation that people with claustrophobia be cautious about participating in this cave event, as the spaces inside the cave are very narrow. Also, minors’ access to this event, even accompanied, is not allowed.
“The Cave Between Worlds” filled with dark ambient and experimental music. Attila Csihar, Arktau Eos and others play live inside Valea Cetății Cave during Rockstadt Extreme Fest, in Transylvania
Rockstadt Extreme Fest announces a new event which will take place inside the Valea Cetății Cave (The Fortress Valley): the artistic act and concept of “The Cave Between Worlds” wherefore a couple of musicians will offer their works in new shapes adapted to the environment’s requirements and therefore transformed into unique moments. What bonds these artists together is the interest in the bleakest and wildest tendencies of the experimental music, especially the dark ambient and the reverberation-built expressions which will be wonderfully amplified by the cave’s structure.
The event is set during Rockstadt Extreme Fest which is already famous in the Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. This year will be the seventh edition taking place between the 1st and the 4th of August. This debut includes four separate performances, spread across two days. Attila Csihar will attend with his project Void ov Voices, together with Arktau Eos, Alone in the Hollow Garden and ARAC.
Recently, there has been observed a huge openness and increased diversity towards the selection of suitable spaces for live performances with musicians in leading roles. There are various instances of events happening in other environments than the usual stage of a venue, club or festival. These instances apply to various genres, from experimental to heavy metal, country and hip hop. For the European metal heavy community, Prophecy Fest, set in a natural cave from the Stone Age in Germany, has been widely acclaimed. On the other side of the ocean, in Tennessee the Bluegrass Underground series echoes all around the globe where international artists perform 10 meters underground. These are just two of many examples. In Romania, the Valea Cetății Cave has been hosting on weekly basis concerts of the Philharmonic of Brașov and this summer will bring a premiere of the underground.
The sound depends fully on the environment so it cannot be heard in the void. Each type of architecture brings its own sound. This is why the relationship between music and space is so tight. It’s easy to figure out why many people involved in the music field go more and more towards spaces which were labelled as unconventional until recently such as churches or cathedrals and caves. On the one hand, the religious places urge unique acoustics given by the architectural geometry and they are the cause of a powerful symbolism found in the listener’s perception. On the other hand, the caves with their structure offer a very complex range of acoustic waves while the natural resonance and reverberation influence in a spectacular manner the listener’s sense.
The first day of “The Cave Between Worlds” will be the 2nd of August, belonging to Arktau Eos and Alone in the Hollow Garden. The Finnish group Arktau Eos will be for the second time in Romania and will assert a new moment in its existence described as a “ghastly and wondrous parade of cryptic images and sounds.” Those who attended their performance in Fabrica venue in 2012 were filled with lurid memories and perhaps haunted by them for the rest of their lives. This type of ambient brought up by Arktau Eos can be equally classified as calm and cavernous, bringing shock sequences identical to what an individual feel on the brink of illumination. “Erēmos” is the title of their latest record and its variations were offered to the European public during a tour in which they embarked along with the psychedelic forest folk gang from Tampere, Hexvessel.
Clearly, Alone in the Hollow Garden is fitted enough for a supportive Arktau Eos performance. Led by Dan Șerbănescu of Tanz Ohne Musik, this project aims to achieve a reconnection with the roots of the ritual ambient and the experimental music in the ’90s. However, this sonic construction is found at the crossroads between tradition and contemporaneity. It is worthy of mentioning the use of old acoustic, wind, percussion and ritual instruments. Their sounds are rendered in new forms through the use of analogue and modular synthesizers and also the instruments built by Șerbănescu himself. Fully charged with the esoteric feeling, Alone in the Hollow Garden takes the listener in its hands and brings the proper environment for contemplation and meditation.
Void ov Voices, Attila Csihar’s one-man-band–the singer is renowned for his long term activity in Mayhem, Tormentor and the involvement in other remarkable projects such as Sunn O)))–will make the cave’s darkness more intense than the usual on the 3rd of August. In this case, the vocals are the single instruments used and they transform gradually into a giant creature through loop machines and various effects. Attila’s mission with this project is not to record and release the music but to convey outlandish forces within the most relevant circumstance which means the presence of any group of individuals. The first ever performance of Void ov Voices took place in Moscow, 2008, along with the revered ambient-jazzers of Bohren & der Club of Gore. Attila Csihar took this project in various places including Australia and Japan and involved collaborative sets with Ulver, Merzbow and many others while he was still engaged in his main bands.
This second day of “The Cave Between Worlds” marks also the premiere of ARAC project. What we know so far about this is that everything started with a manifest. Through this, the creators of frequencies and melodies which transcend the space and time attempt to speak to our planet regarding the huge distance between human and environment. Adrian Tăbăcaru is a renowned percussionist of the local scene and the orchestral music and a former member of the death metal group Taine. He joined Costin Chioreanu in this project, a visual artist who illustrated records signed by some of the most respected bands of today. He is also a guitar player who made himself conspicuous through authenticity and had the honour to record music with David Tibet or the same Attila Csihar. Their manifest involves also a powerful voice which is alien of any predictable means, embodied by the Greek singer Sofia Sarri. Over the years she explored a very wide range of styles, from avant-garde, metal and post-rock to free jazz, improvisation and polyphonic choirs, without stepping over the leaning for folk music, which she developed while trekking the place of origin, Crete.
Each concert of “The Cave Between Worlds” will not run long and will be limited to two artists per day by reasons of protecting the cave’s ecosystem.
More info about ticket for this event will follow on Monday, April 22, 2019.
“The Cave Between Worlds” addresses to a small attendance giving the overall capacity of the cave. Accessing the cave is not suitable for claustrophobic people since there is a pretty narrow entrance.