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Bucium (band)

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Bucium in 2015
Background information
OriginBucharest, Romania
Years active2000–present
LabelsA&A Records, Audiosama Records
MembersAlexandru Dumitrescu Florescu
Alexandra Nicolae (Milea)
Mihai Balabaș
Robert Ardeleanu
Cristian Răducanu
Past membersAdrian Rugină
Dan Simoaică
Florina Petrescu
Magda Slave
Raluca Slave
Dragoș Știrbu

Bucium is a Romanian rock band with folk, rock, ambiental influences. The band is defined by the use of two violins together with guitar, bass, drums, traditional instruments and voice. The band was formed in October 2000, with the first live shows coming after four years, in 2004.

In March 2008, Bucium launched their first studio album, "Voievozii", available in Romania through A&A Records.

In December 2016, Bucium launched a new album, "Live în Codrul Ascuns" (Live in the Hidden Wood), which holds the live versions of the songs that were most appreciated by their live concerts' audience.


The name of the band is symbolic, denoting the Romanian alp horn (“bucium” in Romanian language), a musical instrument used by Romanian shepherds in the mountains. Just as the old alp horn was used to communicate coded messages for confrontations, gatherings or celebrations, the band's songs are in fact stories and fairy tales. None of the lyrics or the rhythms are taken from the folklore, but they are original compositions bearing in mind the idea for them to be very much like the old Romanian sounds.

The band members said that: "We don't want to go back to traditions and origins, but only to help people understand them better. If we understand Romanian mythology in depth, we can also understand our people's soul and we'll be able to appreciate ourselves a bit more. Maybe we can get back in touch with nature, so that we can reach harmony and balance.".[1]

Musical Style[edit]

The band's songs are characterized by the alternation of the instruments and a frequent change of tempo. Another thing that is characteristic to the band is that the music flows smoothly from aggressive to melodious, from uplifting to passionate. Bucium combines into their music elements of progressive, ambient music, folklore, rock and artrock.



The album was recorded between February and June 2006 at Recreate Records studios, with Ștefan Mureșeanu as a sound engineer, and between October 2006 and May 2007 it was remixed and mastered at Little Creek studios, in Switzerland, by Franky Winkelmann.

Live în Codrul Ascuns (Live in the Hidden Woods)[edit]

The album was released on December the 1st 2016. The package for the album has an innovative format, sized 22 by 22 cm. Each of the album's tracks has a card with an illustration. The artwork was created by Tiberiu Militaru[2].

The album was recorded with Alex Pascu, the band leader of Goodbye to Gravity. He got to finish mixing the first track of the album, but the process was interrupted by #Colectiv[3]. The album was finished with the help of V.O. Pulver, a Swiss musician and producer (which worked also with bands such as Gurd, Destruction, Poltergeist, Darkmoon).

The album includes two bonus tracks, as an homage to Adrian Rugină, the former drummer of the band. Adrian died in the Colectiv Club fire, while trying to rescue people from the flames. The two bonus tracks are, actually, the first and the last songs that Bucium recorded with Adrian as a drummer[4]


The album was written between 1999 and 2002 and recorded together with Adrian Rugină as a drummer. All the tracks were lost or could not be used and the album was re-recorded and released in December 2017.[5]

Band members[edit]

Alexandra Milea - violin
Mihai Balabaș - violin
Alexandru Dumitrescu Florescu (Andi Dumitrescu) - vocals, guitars, wind instruments, keyboards
Robert Ardeleanu - bass
Cristian Răducanu - drums, percussion


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  1. "Bucium - Greuceanu' (videoclip nou)". Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  2. "Trupa Bucium lanseaza albumul Live in Codrul Ascuns". Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  3. "Interviu cu Bucium". Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  4. "Despre Bucium și albumul Live în Codrul Ascuns". Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  5. "Interviu cu Bucium". Retrieved 2017-03-14.

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