MONICA MADAS 

Monica Madas s-a nascut in Romania.
Cantareata, compozitoarea si papusara Monooka (Monica Lucia Madas) se remarca prin vocea uimitoare, acuratetea interpretarii si versurile sale pline de expresivitate. Este absolventa a Universitatii Nationale de Arta Teatrala şi Cinematografica Bucuresti (2003, actorie - papusi si marionete). În 2006 a avut loc proma ei aparitie publica pe scena ca interpreta in Art Jazz Club Bucuresti, fiind invitata de Anca Parghel. Apoi, alaturi de alti doi muzicieni talentati, Arthur Balogh (contrabas) şi George Dumitriu (chitara si vioara), Monica Madas a realizat un prim proiect, "Doina Jazzului" - o combinatie foarte originala de free jazz si cantece traditionale romanesti.

S-a stabilit in 2007 in Marea Britanie si a initiat proiectul Monooka's Caravan, care imbina patimase cantece traditionale romanesti si cantece tiganesti din zona Muntilor Carpati cu spontaneitatea debordanta, improvizatia libera si anecdote.

Monooka a inceput o fructuoasa colaborare cu trei specialisti Meg-Rossaleen Hamilton, Matt Bacon, Paul Moylan si l-a avut ca invitat special in cateva concerte Monooka's Caravan pe tambalistul Vasile Cozma din Bacau.

Deja foarte popular pe scenele muzicale londoneze, proiectul Monooka's Caravan se regaseste pe un prim CD numit "Carpathians" si a aparut pe scene prestigioase: Royal Festival Hall, Bloomsbury Festival, Union Chapel, seria de evenimente Ignite la the Royal Albert Hall, Vortex Jazz Club, pentru a aminti doar cateva.

Aparitiile scenice ale Monicai Madas combina muzica, marionetele, dansul si povestirile, astfel incat va puterti astepta la prospetime si inedit, dar si la emotia cantecelor vechi de o muzicalitate aparte.
 

Monica Madas was born in Romania.
London-based Romanian singer-songwriter anr puppeteer Monooka (also known as Monica Lucia Mada) can easily be distinguished thanks to her amaying voice, clean resonanc and her rhymes full of feeling.

She graduated from the acting & puppetry section of the Theatre and Film University of Bucharest in 2003. In 2006 she made her first public appearance at the Art Jazz Club in Bucharest invited on stage by Anca Parghel. After that, along with two talented musicians- Arthur Balogh (double bass) and George Dumitriu (guitar and violin) – she initiated her first project “Doina Jazzului” - a very original mix of free jazz and traditional Romanian songs.

In 2007 she relocated to the UK and formed Monooka's Caravan, a project that blends fiery Romanian traditional and gypsy songs from the Carpathian Mountains with refreshing spontaneitz, free improvisation, and anecdotes from life in Romania.

She initiated a powerful new collaboration with three Balkan music specialists from the UK: Meg-Rossaleen Hamilton, Matt Bacon, Paul Moylan and special guest on some concerts of Moonooka's Caravan the cymbalom player Vasile Cozma from Bacau, Moldova.

Already very popular on London's world music scene, Monooka's Caravan has recorded a debut album called “Carpathians” and has already performed in numerous of prestigious venues: the Royal Festival Hall, Bloomsbury Festival, Union Chapel, Ignite series at the Royal Albert Hall, Vortex Jazz Club, to name just few.

During her performances, Monooka combines singing, puppeteering, dancing and storytelling, so you can expect laughter and joy, as well as deeply touching old songs and fine musicianship.

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