Sat, Jan 15|
I Still Believe in Magic - Sanda Weigl Sings Maria Tănase
A triumph revisited
Time & Location
Jan 15, 2022, 2:00 PM
About The Event
With its breakthrough technology exhibitions and imposing country pavilions, the 1939 New York World's Fair was arguably the greatest show on earth. One of the stars of the Romanian program was a beautiful, assertive young singer who would later achieve immortal status. Maria Tănase took New Yorkers by storm and made the country pavilion, erected in the Romanian neo-Byzantine style, one of the most popular gathering points in the temporary town sprawling in Flushing, Queens. Decades after the Fair and Maria’s presence have long faded into oblivion, we conjure the great singer’s mesmerizing presence and replay the encounter between a fantastic artist and a fantastic city.
To mark the Romanian National Culture Day on January 15th, we are pleased to present the premiere of an original music video, produced by RCI New York, featuring internationally-acclaimed Romanian-born vocalist Sanda Weigl and the illustrious Japanese-American ensemble made up of Shoko Nagai, Satoshi Takeishi and Stomu Takeishi, who are reclaiming the memory of the legendary performer through some of her unforgettable songs, with a stunning jazz-inflected, modern interpretation.
As one of Maria Tănase’s songs goes: No matter what they say / We still believe in magic!
I STILL BELIEVE IN MAGIC: SANDA WEIGL SINGS MARIA TĂNASE
A music video by Alex Boda and Johnny Vacar
Performed by Sanda Weigl (voice)
With: Shoko Nagai (piano, accordion), Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar), Satoshi Takeishi (percussion)
Written and directed by Alex Boda
Filmed and edited by Johnny Vacar
Sound recorded and edited by Johnny Vacar
English version of the songs by Andreea Iulia Scridon
Project manager: Raluca Cimpoiașu
Logistics and transportation: Gabriel Cimpoiașu
An original production of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York