It all began with their staggering success at
the 12th annual Fidelio Wettbewerb where Duo Aliada
unanimously won Grand Prix.
In 2015, The duo recorded their debut studio album
New colours of the past
with ARS Produktion
( read a review from
it has been received with tremendous critical acclaim.
They were also selected for
the international program
The New Austrian Sound Of Music 2016-17
a prestigious sponsorship platform funded by
the Austrian Government.
Duo Aliada have been regularly featured
on popular radio broadcasts such as
ORF1, SWR2, BR Klassik, and Radio Klassik
and they couldn’t be more excited to continue
sharing their unique music with audiences all
around the world.
We all know HELLO STAGE’s favorite color! What’s yours?
M: You mean a “visual” color? If yes,
then blue is my favorite one! Especially when
accompanied with a monochromatic background.
Things are different when it comes to
timbers – colors in music.
I love to experiment with them and I enjoy
the fact that Duo
Aliada with its unusual combination of
saxophone and accordion, offers endless possibilities
to discover new timbers.
That’s one of the reasons we decided to
call our first cd - New
colours of the past
B: Well, what else can I add ?:)
I’m not very sensitive
when it comes to visual colors but very
much indeed of those in music!
What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you?
M: “Record a CD!” ;)
No…now seriously -
I wouldn’t know which particular advice was the
best because over the years I
received so much! I feel very lucky to have studied
with some exceptional teachers.
They all helped in shaping me as an artist.
B: "Bogdan, try to play more simple,
but at the same time don't be afraid to exaggerate."
I was really confused then,
but now I get it! At least I think so… ;)
How has your practice changed with time?
M: To be honest I never was the type
of musician who spends an enormous amount of time
closed in a practice room.
Certainly, you have to be a master of your
instrument in order to be
able to express your “soul” but this “soul”
(which is the most important aspect that defines
you as a musician) you train best while discovering
the world and its beauties. Whether
it comes to museums, travelling,
hiking or simply meeting interesting people – enriching
your soul makes you a better musician.
B: I used to practice a lot before, but now
with more and more concerts coming up, I had to
find a way to be more efficient with time.
Often, in the repertoire which I play in Duo
Aliada, I have to cover parts
of the whole orchestra with only two hands,
which is very
challenging and it wouldn’t work at all if my practicing
What do you think is the most important trait of a successful artist in today’s modern
M: That’s a difficult question.
Nowadays artists face very confusing
and challenging times.
In world dominated by often intellectually-offensive
mass culture, which influence the lives of
everyone, we have to somehow find our place.
It’s not enough anymore to only represent a
great musicianship. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram and Hello Stage itself – they all
took “being an artist” to a completely new direction,
bringing a lot of advantages but at the
same time requiring
something more than just being a musician.
Finding yourself in
all of this promotional “rat race” without
loosing your authenticity is probably one of the
biggest challenges we face today.
B: Definitely originality!
Something which is
often forgotten in the classical world. I think that
the audience is tired of listening over and
over to the very similar ways of performing.
Originality can be manifested throughout
your concept, programming, stage presence and
way of connecting with the audience.
As musicians we have to be inspiring through our
How much time do you spend every day on Facebook, twitter, and which other ways do
you use to promote yourself?
M: I try to spend
not too much. Of course it all depends on the moment.
When we are on tour it’s a
part of the job and fun to do. The rest of the time,
I really enjoy days without “social-media-
B: I have to admit it. I don’t spend too much
time promoting myself or the Duo Aliada online.
Michal is actually the person that
does most of the work regarding our
Hello Stage profile
and in general – all
the online promotion.
Nevertheless, I’m in touch with
people from the music world by calling and
meeting them on a daily basis, which can often
be very efficient and creates a nice base
of important contacts.
How do you see classical music "crossover" developing? Would you say that you are
M: When it comes to Duo Aliada, the
answer is not so easy.
We definitely cross the
boundaries of classical music,
playing Vivaldi or Grieg with saxophone and accordion.
me, crossover is not only about the music but
an intelligent collage of different kinds of arts.
That’s what my other project
is all about.
It’s interesting how being a crossover
artist makes you a better musician in general.
I would definitely suggest to everyone from the
classical world to engage in the ever-growing
word of interdisciplinary artistic projects.
This advice applies especially to the orchestra
musicians ;) It pays off!
B: Following the
careers of today’s most successful crossover artists,
I believe that this genre has
a bright future.
They have an incredible feeling of the
stage and an original language.
Crossover brings performance to a completely new level.
I don’t consider myself or Duo
Aliada as a crossover ensemble
because as Michal mentioned – it’s a multi-disciplinary art.
Although we are somehow
crossing into this genre proposing
a new approach to the classical
music with our concert program
New colours of the past
or when doing various children's
shows such as Triolino, Kling Klang
and our own ALIADA+KIDS
What is your approach to programming your concerts?
M: A concert has to be an all-round
enriching experience so we always program our
performance thinking about the audience.
In a world where everyone is so busy and every
minute of the day is very precious,
they still found some time to come and listen to you!
listen not only to your music,
but also through your words,
to get to know you better and engage
emotionally. You've got to reward them for that.
We could say that today's audiences often
“listen with their eyes as well”.
That’s why we pay such a lot of attention on the visual
part of our
concert such as spacing, stage aeshtetic
and lighting. If the venue allows it, we adjust
the color of the light for every piece,
according to it's musical timber.
All in order the create
a great atmosphere. If you add 100% of your energy,
skills and friendly approach, the effects
are guaranteed. The audience loves it!
B: During the selection of the program for
our debut CD, New colours of the past
chose the pieces which
come from different époques,
represent different styles and most important of
all – are an immense pleasure for us to play.
Doing so we created not only a cd program but
also an entertaining concert repertoire,
which emphasizes the limitless potential of our
instruments and explores a whole new
world of sound for classical music.
“Aliada” means alliance and Duo Aliada is exactly that:
an unlikely alliance between
saxophone and accordion, which according to
the press and audience reactions, seems to
works very well! We are very happy it does! :)
What are you working on at the moment?
M: As our first CD, which was released in
September 2015 is getting overwhelmingly good reviews,
are very motivated and already planning a new one.
At the moment we have two
contrasting ideas for its concept.
One is easier and one a bit more difficult to realize.
see what happens…anyway, we will record again soon.
B: Hmm…At the moment I’m being interviewed
by Hello Stage! :)
You are very busy touring most of the time :) How do you manage life on the road? Tell us
your favorite anecdote!
M: There is one story which
repeats itself over and over again:
- accordion at the airport check-in desk:
“Is that your cello?”
- accordion at the airport X-Ray scan:
“Sorry, your piano has to be checked once again”
- accordion during the boarding: “Sir, you can’t bring your tuba on board!”
- accordion on board of the plane: “Sir! Put your TV (?!?) in the overhead compartment!”
So as you see - not an easy time travelling
with an accordionist ;) Hopefully the airlines
regulations for musicians will change soon.
B: After transporting my instrument,
food is the biggest issue while on tour. I like
experiments in the music but definitely
not in the kitchen. Michal has more courage to try
local specialties. I mean, he has
often convinced me to try some crazy stuff but
it always ended
badly. I’ll stick to cevapcici when
available and simple veggies when only culinary ventures