NEW ALBUM "PÂINE ȘI SARE"
(BREAD AND SALT)
Listen to a Transylvanian Rock sound born on the streets of Chicago! Experience a different musical perspective about life through the eyes of a faraway mysterious land overlooking Carpathian Mountains of Romania, where legend, mystery and reality are often found to be part of a daily routine.
The complexity of this cultural conversation was enriched by the band members’ immigrant experience to U.S.A.! The need for self-expression during the twists and turns of the process of assimilation gave rise to Vox Maris Band and their first album, “Calatori Prin Vise ( Travelers Through Dreams)”, released in November 2015. Their music has been enthusiastically received by Romanian-Americans across the US, attracting a new base of fans that discovered their inner voice within the album’s lyrics and music. The growing popularity enabled Vox Maris to tour all around the United States, receiving invitations from Chicago, Portland, Houston, New York, St Louis, and LA- sharing the melodies about freedom and dreams with all.
Four years after their first release, a new set of questions that have set in that require a new set of musical answers to be unleashed. The band’s second album, called “Paine si Sare ( Bread and Salt)”, touches on several subjects related to the shared experience in between seemingly different worlds. Bread and salt are viewed as a symbol of welcoming into one’s home, a joyful sharing of those elements essential to life. At the same time, these items bring forth an awareness that simplicity and core values are the fundamentals of true fulfillment. Ancient wisdom passed along through generations is used as guidance to navigate through the challenges of the modern world. Love, family, awareness of reality, and tradition are some of the subjects touched upon by the songs on the new album, employing a diverse sound that resembles their own version of “ Transylvanian Rock”.
Following the continuously evolving story of the “American Dream”, the album “ Paine si Sare” is intended to enrich the American experience with a mature set of questions and observations related to the daily pursuit of happiness.
The questions and answers found in these songs have been informed by struggles throughout history that have overcome. There is a subtle sense of positivity in the old saying: “The more things change, the more they stay the same!”. Music is a common thread throughout all of this, the only constant that can be understood regardless of language or ethnicity. Vox Maris Band “rocks on” to continue sharing this story.
Vox Maris, a Romanian immigrants band, came into existence in Chicago in 2011, as a need for self-expression during the integration process in the American life . The band was welcomed with open arms by Romanian communities in the American diaspora, being invited to participate in multiple events organized in areas where Romanians have settled in. A musical style called “Transylvanian Rock” has emerged as a natural progression to the fusion between Romanian traditions and the constantly evolving modern American music scene. The band members have a diversity of musical backgrounds, ranging from well-known Romanian bands to classic Anglo Saxon rock all the way to more modern, up to date tunes. In 2015, Vox Maris Band released their first album entitled "Travelers through dreams" (“ Calatori Prin Vise”), reflecting the inner experiences of the Romanian emigrant in the New World. Currently, the band is in the process of releasing a new album called “ Bread and Salt” ( “Paine si Sare”) and is planning a series of live concerts in several major cities in the US.
Dan Rizo – the group’s ‘philosopher’, the band’s drummer, was born in Deva. In high school, he started the ‘Atomic’ band. He got established in America and a few years after his arrival, he met Adrian Nechiti, next to whom the music started to come alive, while they were playing music in his basement. Deep Purple, AC/DC, Metallica, Celelalte Cuvinte, Compact, Iris where a few bands that influenced Dan, and made his life more beautiful. He is married, and has two children and his other passions are philosophy, sociology, history, politics, ecology, social justice, literature, nature and self-development. He lives in the moment without giving the future to much credit. ‘For me being in Vox Maris band is doing what I love and love doing it! My philosophy in life is ‘what do you do when you’re doing what you’re doing?’ find the answer to that question and you find the meaning of your life. Simple…
LEAD VOCAL / ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Dan Paduraru the band’s lead singer was born in Galati, Romania. In his adolescence, he became part of his first band , Antares, being influenced by The Beatles, Elvis, and multiple bands from the American rock scene. At 19 he joined another band named Procontra, where Phoenix, Iris, Compact, and Dire Straits were his main role models. Later on, after arriving in the to the U.S. he became a founding member of Vox Maris Band. He is married to Mirela, who he loves very much, and has two children Stefan and Diana. Dan also loves being out in the nature, where he gets his inspiration for new songs he brings to the band.
Adrian Nechiti – the leader of the band and the band’s guitarist and vocal soloist, with a calm manor, meticulous, by profession an engineer, Adrian is unquestionably the best when comes to the technical aspects of Vox Maris’s band. This is what Adrian has to say about his life’s journey in music: ‘One of my biggest life’s wish was to learn how to play the guitar. I went up on stage in 1990 during a folk festival, and I kept performing in concerts from time to time in different cities in Romania. In 2001 I arrived in Chicago together with my wife Claudia. In 2006 Bianca, the treasure of our life, showed up in this world. After being away from music for a while, in 2008 I returned to it, with my good friend Dan Rizo. In 2010 I got connected throughout music with Stefan Cristoltean, Dan Paduraru, Dan Matache si Marcel Vinesar. And because nothing just happens without a reason, the music and the positive energy created by our songs, all this united us in one family: Vox Maris Family!...
Education: high school at Octav Bancila High School of Arts, in Iasi, classical guitar specialization. Faculty and Master at George Enescu University of Arts, Iasi, specializing in Pedagogy and theoretical music studies.
During my studies I worked in different bands and choral groups, from which I always learned, loved and respected the strength of team work. Two years ago, after completing my studies in Romania, I moved to America, where I met the boys from Vox Maris, great guys, with the same passion. Even though we are from different generations, being the youngest in the band, I always appreciated their fresh spirit , always eager to learn new things, and their original interpretation of tradition and beliefs.
Favorite bands and artists I listen to and love studying - Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles, Snarkey Puppy, Vulfpeck, Marcus Miller, Michael Jackson etc. I really enjoy skiing, traveling, being in nature, reading psychology books, playing tennis and being with friends. Advice for everyone: keep practicing what you love doing.
Marcel Vinesar, born in Sanicolaul Mare, plays the keyboard in Vox Maris band. Under his parents guidance, he was exposed to music, from an early childhood. A music professor thought him to play the accordion while out of passion for music, he learned several other instruments, on his own. Arriving in America when he was 17, he became the pianist of a Christian rock band, developing a taste for hard rock and alternative music influences as well. Marcel found in music not only enjoyment, but a need to express his artistic side. He got acquainted to the band while following his joy and ended up with Vox Maris band as a keyboard player. He is a professional carpenter, loves his wife Ramona and their three children: Darius, Joshua and little Jacob.
Marius found his passion in music from childhood, yet he awakened his interest for the musical notes, instruments and accords since high school. He gave up his studies that he started in the city where he was born and after tremendous efforts and persuasion under his parent’s roof, he finally convinced them to support his dreams, by helping him to change his vocation and get approved and transfer his studies to the Art High school in Baia Mare. He became the first graduate of freshly established classical guitar curriculum. Him, then continued his studies in Cluj at the ‘Gheorghe Dima’ Music Academy and followed his calling towards music ever since. In 2002 he got established in Chicago land. Life transitions parted him from music for a while; still, because of his passion for it, he turned into a proud owner of an impressive CD and vinyl records collection. In the summer of 2016 he met the boys from Vox Maris, next to whom he started to fill his purpose once more.
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