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Once Natalie Shostina discovered Moldavian percussionist Marian Caldararu (Mario). And he became a favorite of the Perm public right away. Many admirers of works of the “heavenly drummer” came to listen to his concert-presentation of his solo album “Patterns” (“Uzori”). The concert was on the 24th of February in the Perm Folk House “Province”.

The first part of the evening directly devoted to the presentation of the record was found to be chamber one with a certain interval. Such tone from is first notes was set by Andrey Goncharov’s pipe solo. Slow music with intellectual content was accompanied with percussion by Mario. The composition was followed by a more dynamical one with a megacity echo.

Action that took place on a scene reminded experimental laboratory. There and that time, literally before the spectator, music was born where percussion played not a last role. Mario skillfully is able to turn rhythmical strokes into true melody with subtle shades and transitions. And he does it using drums, ceramic percussion and instruments made the musician.

A composition “I go along the coast” became an apogee of the duet of Andrey Goncharov and Mario. It seemed that sea was nearby a “thoughtfulness” of a trumpet: using sound Mario could convince spectators that sea waters licked coastal sand. And on its high point the composition turned into jazz improvisation.

Jazz wave swept over the second part of the evening. Eexcitable dialogue-game of the pianist Vitali Kovalenko and Mario “literally blown up” the listeners. Drive of their bossa nova instantly passed on the audience. Masterly improvisation of famous Latin American compositions when both performers, and listeners took pleasure once again proved that Mario was able to work in various genres. And he did it heartfeltly and sincerely without artificial theatricality.

Folk songs by other guest of evening Maria Korepanova was very natural and organic too. The Udmurt texts performed in archaic (or authentic) manner (similar to the rough river (Besermyan song) and with slow flows (tunes of the northern Udmurts)) became a true eyeopener.

At the end of the concert Mario presented his pupils (the Perm school of percussionists) to the listeners. Phillip Nekrasov-Kemmer and Daniel Smirnov were among its leaders. And a girl Polina overcoming cancer by playing drums took a special place. Pupils of different ages, status and level of training formed a rather perfectly coordinated command of the young Perm school of drummers. It passionately loved rhythm and was capable to fascinate anybody with their play. Towards the end of the evening usually restrained Perm public applauded in time with music. As for children: somebody thrown themselves into a dance and others started to drum upon their and parental knees.


Arina Aronova
February, 28, 2012 News



On February, 24th the famous percussionist Mario Caldararu will present a new album “Patterns” (“Uzori”) on a scene of the Perm Krai Falk House.

Mario invited his friends who accompanied the musician on its creative development for many years. He invited Andrey Goncharov (Moscow) and Maria Korepanova (Izhevsk).

A presentation of a school of percussion founded in Perm for young musicians who once visited Mario’s master classes took a separate place in a concert. And a developed perfectly coordinated group of the Perm musicians with the Maestro will present their works to the spectator.

In advance of a concert a photo-exhibition of known Perm photographer Yuri Chernov will start working in a hall of the Perm Folk House “Province”. The exhibition will be devoted to the international project “Earth of Humans”. For two years Yuri created photos of musicians, artists, dancers and theatre figures who came to Perm with concerts and master classes from different corners of Europe.

Vadim Pandgaridi

“Don’t bring us clowns. Bring Mario again!”

Over a period of four months the musicians gave master classes for young people of Perm and Perm Krai. They taught playing the wind and percussive instruments, playing the guitar, working with voice, dancing, scenic movement… Master classes were free so young people visited them actively.
The European guests worked practically twenty four hours a day. They gave attention to all each of their pupils regardless of their quantity. If there was a necessity for additional lessons they carried the studies out without any word about additional fee. There were not only beginners among the pupils of the world known musicians. Even famous in Perm performers wanted to learn. There are such groups as “Chekhov Drug”, “Yaros”, “Wu-Wey” and “Voronovo Krilo”.
The director of “Earth of Humanity” Evelina Biryukova will never forget the words of a nine-year-old boy who suffers from severe form of cancer. He questioned where he can sign up for drummers. And then he asked: “Don’t bring us clowns. Bring Mario again!”

A New Partner

On the 13th of May children from the Cancer Centre and their parents were invited to visit a master class or to meet with the most interesting man, a musician and multi-instrumentalist Marian Caldararu.

To be honest for children it was the first practice of meeting with such a creative and very genuine person. We never brought children to events like that. After Elena Novosyolova invited us to visit the master class I explained and told children and their parents about Mario for a long time. As a result 14 people wanted to meet Mario and we went to the “House of Folk Arts” (in the past it was the house of culture “Goznak”).
We arrived a little earlier, sat down on the chairs, got acquainted and began listening to Mario. To be honest I worried about how children would apprehend such an event because many of them are rather restless. But their reaction surpassed all may and the organizers’ I think imagination.
We all noticed that when Mario suggested to play instruments children stopped to be insensitive to them and their sounds. Dime was the first to volunteer. He knocked and strummed as well as he could. But after he took his chair he couldn’t sit quietly. He let every rhythm through himself; he tapped with his foot or patted with his palms in time with the music. And he wasn’t an indifferent child.
Then Mario suggested trying children’s hands at other unique instruments. Polina, Anton and Maxim entertained his suggestion. And nothing could entice that trio! Mario set the pitch and absolutely happy kids gave themselves up to music!
Little by little a smile appeared on all the faces. Children were joyful and happy! A real group was born during the master class and we heard a wonderful composition.
After Mario announced finishing of the master class all the children wished to get his autograph. And children who didn’t dare to come to the instruments made full use of the possibility to touch them.
Going back to the Cancer Centre we understood that it was magic and the children believed in the wizard again despite the fact that he was of Moldavian ancestry! Thank you, Mario!
The meeting became possible thanks to Co Ltd “ERGO” and its project “The Planet of People” (Perm).

The fund “Bereginya”


About “White Nights in Perm” we knew when we were in Germany.
In Germany the members of the festival “White Nights in Perm” Marian Caldararu and Klaus Burger told about the Perm festivals and opened a season of “The White Nights” in Europe!
On the night of April 24th participants of the project “Earth of Humanity” Marian Caldararu (Russia, Moldova) and Klaus Burger (Germany) performed at a grandiose concert which was held in Hugelsheim (Germany). And at the concert called “Rituale Primavere” (“Ritual Spring”) musicians from the other countries performed: Gankuluk Battumur (Mongolia), Jambaldori Batbayar (Mongolia), Burak Akiiol (Turkey-Germany), Stephen Harizius (Germany), and Matthias Schneider-Hollek (Germany).
The concert was held under the direction of Klaus Burger and on his initiative. Klaus Burger is “The European Golden Tuba”, a regular participant of many festivals, master classes and concerts of Perm and Perm Krai.
The concert gathered many viewers from Hugelsheim, Baden-Baden, Baden Scheyern, Fremersberg and other German cities because an article “Rituale Primavere” by Dettlef Berenzen was published in the most popular German newspaper “Tages Zeitung”.
To support the project “Perm – European Capital of Culture” and to popularize the international festival “White Nights in Perm” the inspirer of the project Klaus Burger told the audience of the four-hour concert about the unique Perm actions and put on a T-shirt with a symbol of the Perm festival. His project partner of many years Matthias Schneider-Hollek chose a T-shirt with an image of the other Perm project “Promzona”. One of the leading Baden-Baden photographers and a master of live photograph Clemens Reinelt made a few hundred photos especially for a website of the festival “The White Nights”. The participants of the festival from Europe and Asia (musicians and artists) are interested in wider cooperation with the project “White Nights in Perm”, “Earth of Humanity” and “Perm Krai – Territory of Culture”.

White Nights in Perm

Interpretation of space

“In Europe all the things develop a little more, beyond the limits of traditional jazz. So it is pleasant for us that this year we will show rather wide palette of musicians”, – a coordinator of the programs of the German Goethe Cultural Centre under German Embassy in Moscow Evelina Biryukova told us. And all the events of five festival days of Prikamye were jazz and interpretation of Perm cultural space. <…>

The festival of this year differs from the previous ones in the next things: it was held for five days and its participants performed in Solikamsk (November, 25) and Osa (November, 26) except of Perm. But the main difference if a jazz marathon. It is two days when all the restless musicians performed their improvisations in turn on a scene of the Organ Hall. A group of Andrey KONDAKOV (St Petersburg), Marian CALDARARU (Russia, Moldova), Claus BURGER (Germany), Konstantin TRYUK (Israel), Chanda Rule and a trio of Oleg BUTMAN (USA-Russia), Steve BOSTER (USA), a quintet “Tuni Funk” (Poland-Tunisia) and a peerless singer Pascal won WROBLEWSKI from Germany performed together with the leading Perm musicians.

Ekaterina Oborina
Perm Observer 27.11. 2010



Tonight it was an opening of the V International Jazz Festival “Jazz Fever – 2010”in a jazz salon “Crystal Lion”. The anniversary festival will last five days. It will take place not only in Perm but in the other cities of the krai.

The festival was opened with a press-conference visited by the deputy minister of culture, youth politics and mass communication of Perm Krai Aleksandr Protasevitch, a Moldavian percussionist Marian Caldararu and a Perm musician Valery Protasevitch. They told that the anniversary festival is of considerable importance for development of jazz culture in Perm. <…> Then a trio “Triangle” performed. They played their composition and Marian Caldararu improvised with them. Their performance brought a storm of applause.
In a word the beginning was marked and the festival “Jazz Fever – 2010” was opened.

Ekaterina  Mikheeva



Starostin & MARIO- the duet “As Easy as ABC” (“Proshe Prostogo”)

MARIAN Caldararu <…>. Mario made his first instruments by himself. And he likes doing it up to day. His unique handmade drum set was made according to the unique technology. And it is like a music spacecraft!!! Since 1998 Mario performed in Moscow. In 2000 He became a member of a trio “TRIGON” and they gave concerts all over the world. As a member of “Trigon” Mario played and performed on tour in France, New Zealand, Poland and Germany. The musicians of the art-jazz-trio turned Moldavian jazz to heritage of world music culture. The first their disk won the grand prize in France. Marian is a participant of many projects. <…>.
Published: 08.11.2010 | Author: Denis



A president of jury of “Sayan Ring”, famous ethnic musician Sergey Starostin already performed with his daughter Maria at the festival. But if two years ago their family group was just a test ball these days their joint playing music became a real need as he confessed in an interview of “Evening Krasnoyarsk”. This year their performance with the percussionist Marian Caldararu was one of the most interesting and amazing at the “Sayang Ring”.

Evening Krasnoyarsk

10.№29 (270) Wednesday, July, 28, 2010.



“Jazz Laboratory” of the jazz club “Alliance of Composers” gives young and talented musicians an opportunity to show their mastery and to present new trends of the music world to an audience. “Sangam Project” is a jazz crossover combining modern harmonies and thousand-year music treasures of Indian culture. A famous jazz musician Aleksandr Charsky plays a role of a composer, an arranger and a pianist. There is a saxophonist Roman Sokolov, a violinist Veronika Shabashova and bright representatives of “world music” Pavel “Pravin” Novikov (bansuri, vibraharp, percussion), Denis “Jagannat” Kucherov (Indian table, percussion) and Marian “Mario” Caldararu (percussion, ethnic drums) take part in the project except of Charsky. Very interesting music material and powerful energy of the company may win even the most demanding listeners.

March, 28, 2010



“Made in Perm”

Performance of drummers under the direction of the famous Chisinau percussionist Marian Caldararu was very spectacular within the show “Kama Lights”. Virtuosic drumming was accompanied by performances of firemen and forewomen. In spite of popularity of fire-culture in many cities of Russia in Perm only a duet “Midnight flame” (Nikolay Kadnikov and Ekaterina Ugolnikova) worked with fire competently as a founder and an organizer of the festival Natalya Shostina noticed.

Perm News
Natalya Solntseva



In September of 2007 there will be the 6th International festival of ethnic jazz music in Chisinau. It is the largest festival in Europe. <…> at the festival a duet of Sergey Starostin and Mario called “As easy as ABC” (“Proshe Prostogo”) performed.
<…> The musicians played the next Russian exotic folk instruments: psalteries, Smolensk dvoychatkas (twin flutes), an Upper Volga horn, a Belgorod steppe flute and a barabanka (a wooden board with sticks). Compositions of Sergey Starostin and Mario closed the program.

Radio of Russia Moscow. “Musical Europe”
Lyudmila Osipova




Shamans and aristocrats

It was the sixth time when the International festival of ethnic-jazz music was held in Chisinau. The festival was one of the largest festivals in Europe. It took a worthy place on the Catalogue of world festivals and achieved a status of transnational festival. <…> Sergey Starostin and Mario (Russia) took psalteries from Pskov Region, an Upper Volga horn, a Belgorod steppe flute and a barabanka (a wooden board with sticks). A voice of the “Russian shaman” Sergey Starostin charmed a Chisinau audience so much that it didn’t let him leave the scene demanding to sing an encore.

Lyudmila Osipova
The newspaper “Culture”
№39 October, 4-10, 2007



Sketches about style

On Sunday the final of the VI International ethnic-jazz festival was made by its father “Trigon”. Thereby “Trigon” celebrated its 15th anniversary. It celebrated its tenth anniversary at the first festival. <…> Sergey Starostin and Marian Caldararu brought Russian folklore which was not just official information. They brought ethnic Russian culture. Real, authentic and epic culture.
September, 21, 2007



Dreams. Visions. And all that jazz

In translation from English “As Easy as ABC” (“Proshe Prostogo”) is simple melodies that tear souls and drive to trance, give melancholy of the universe sense and hope at the same time; they full of hard joy and boundless sky; they are rollicking jokes and chastity. O! Those Russians. <…> There were pictures of the festival.

Music live journal, Septemver, 18, 2007



Legends of Ethnic Jazz

The sixth year young fans of ethnic jazz associate autumn with the International festival organized by the group “Trigon”. From the 12th to the 16th of September we will listen to improvisations from France, Russia, Spain, Germany, Argentina, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey, Italia, Rumania and the USA. They will perform on a scene of the theatre “Mihai Eminescu”. Every single one of them is an outstanding individuality and a great true original. <…> The Russian group “As Easy as ABC” (“Proshe Prostogo”) combines Russian folklore with improvisation freedom of the masters Sergey Starostin and Marian Caldararu. <…> Organic combination of the Sergey Starostin’s voice and sounds of wind instruments and ethnic percussion creates an element of immeasurable charm, depth and power. Mario is a drummer of Chisinau ancestors. As a member of “Trigon” he performed and played on tour in France, New Zealand, Poland and Germany. After he moved to Moscow he took part in many projects, played with Stepanida Borisova and in an ethnic-rock group “Strawberry Glade” (“Zemlyanichnaya Polyana”), “Drobinska” and a trio “YARGA”. In his music studio he makes original drums and percussion instruments.

Aleksandra Shamraya
Tatyana Migulina

Economic Overview
№29 August, 17, 2007



Live folklore? It is as easy as ABC

The album is a live record of a concert given in the centre “House”. The participants of the concert were the famous researcher of Russian folklore, a singer and a musician Sergey Starostin and an ethnic drummer Mario. They didn’t rehearse a program of the concert. They just played a little before the concert and then they started their free flight. That’s why the album was called “As easy as ABC” (“Proshe prostogo”).

The record is live folklore. Folklore is a very naive and ecological pure art. It works well because naivety and purity cause freedom and ease. On the other hand spontaneity, freedom and simplicity of the album are recorded by high professionalism of the project participants and successful experience of various collaborations including jazz and avant-garde ones.

Sergey Starostin has conservatory education. Mario as a part of an art-jazz-trio “Trigon” has experience of tours abroad.
Being men of art they react favorably to any kind of creativity and take part in all the experiments.

<…>Marian Caldararu (drums, percussion) is the ethnic drummer from Chisinau. He is interested in interpretation and development of famous and little known musical traditions of different nations; he is in favor of natural playing music on basis of the national musical traditions. When he was 12 he began to learn principles of playing various membrane phones on his own. In 1996 he implemented an idea to make drums according to his own technology. In three years he came to Moscow to show a specimen of his drum set produced according to the unique technology. In 2000 being a member of the art-jazz-folk trio “Trigon” (Moldova) he took part in the festivals in France, Poland, Britain, Rumania, Russia and New Zealand. In 2001 in Bucharest they recorded their album “Glasulpamantului”. Since 2001 he performed his own ethnic art project “Trio-Mario”. He made a ceramic percussion. He uses it very often when he take part in various projects, for example a project of Celtic music “SiMhor”, of Yakut singer Stepanida Borisova, and of a group “Drobinska”. H takes part in joint concerts with Arkady Shilkloper, Arkady Kirichenko, Vladimir Lazerson and Sergey Starostin.
Galina Semyonova



Variety of colors of ethnic futurism

August is usually a dead season. But summer lack of theatre impressions was made up with the second International ethnic futurism festival “Kamwa” which was held in the first week of August in Perm Krai. <…> Sergey Starostin and Marian Caldararu (Moscow) won the natives of Perm. Mario makes many music instruments that he plays by himself. And Sergey Starostin is almost a mythological person.

Theatre news of Tatyana Tikhonovets



The drummer and percussionist Marian Caldararu had time to “bang” in “Drobinska, with Sergey Starostin and a piper Anatoly Isaev. He is so virtuosic that he can trill using a pedal of a bass drum called “a tun”!