NU & APA NEAGRĂ este un grup muzical pornit în 2001 de către Saşa-Liviu Stoianovici (baglama-saz, electronice, video) şi Alexandru Hegyesi (bas acustic, percuţie, ţambal preparat ş.a.). Numit NU, la început, grupul îşi schimbă denumirea începînd cu 2008.
Muzica NU & APA NEAGRĂ, bazată pe improvizaţie, are ca rădăcini atît folclorul - românesc, balcanic, asiatic, cît şi sunetul electronic dezvoltat în secolul XX.

Formed in Timişoara, România, by S.L. Stoianovici (baglama-saz, electronics, visuals)) & Alexandru Hegyesi (various instruments), NU & APA NEAGRĂ deals with a mix between traditional tunes, improvised vocals and electronics. It started in 2001, as NU, being at the time more of a folk/free form music group.
After some changes and studio work, NU ‘reincarnated’ as NU & APA NEAGRĂ, in 2008.


(...)Imagine a perpetual unfolding of rustic events, hencoop cameos of sound, backporch playlets of banjo and mandolin, cascading bursts of some unknown reed instrument, sh-sh-shaking streams of bubbling single-note
penny flute, then huge unleashings of ecstatic reed organ from the bowels of the earth. At times, it’s as though some Irish reel band had been forced, threatened and coerced into playing just the one
monotonous chord, deeply dark and funereal as Sturmpercht at their most threatening. The final near 20-minute track ‘The Black Water’ unites all of the previous explorations, conflating them into one glorious and transcendental piece. Catch these high achievers at the excellent German label The Lollipop Shoppe and score your own copy immediately.
Julian Cope / headheritage.co.uk

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Das Spiel der Rumänen ist nach wie vor improvisatorischer Natur; die Klänge, die durch die Weiten des Raumes ziehen, schwanken zwischen psychedelischer Halluzination und einer Folklore, die Elemente aus dem Balkan und dem Orient bis an den Ganges vereint. Die Vielzahl exotischer Instrumente unterstützt den Verlust von Vertrautheit. Der Hörer verliert sich schnell in den eigentümlichen, collagenhaft wirkenden Tonfolgen. Diese Mischung aus Elektronischem und Akustischem, aus sphärischem Weltall und archaischer Agrarkultur macht den speziellen Reiz der Musik von Nu & Apa Neagra aus und schließt diese zugleich an die moderne Electronic-Folk-Szene an. (...) Die Musik auf „Black Water Incantation“ ist kompromisslos, verwirrend und sehr eigen. Scheinbar gegensätzliche Einflüsse vermischen sich im Fluss des Spiels zu einem schillernden Ganzen, das gleichwohl schwer zugänglich bleibt. Nur für Abenteurer des Inner Space... Christian Rode @ http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/album_12243.html .............................................................................................................................................. Nu & Apa Neagră creates more something of a sound ritual. It has something mystic, a brooding cloudy or watery atmosphere of folk, loops, reverbs. With multiple layers that ever change this is on the edge of a certain chaos or entropy, the creative improvisation of melody, the ever changing evolution still pulls this forward to life, like a cloudy pond with a voice.(...) The keyboards and electronics also take over a more dominant role near the end, the ritual still keeps something shamanistic, something of a deep in the forest folk origin peeps through, the cloudy dark mists of a swamp keeps it unclear and at a distance from the origin. Despite creating on top and on top of that, the album very quickly ends rather abruptly, the cloudy visions remain hanging in the air… Gerald Van Waes, Psychevanhetfolk, Jan. 2012: Nu & Apa Neagră - Descântecul Apei Negre .............................................................................................................................................. Okay, I'm gonna commence this new decade's reviews section with the extraordinary OMAG, a wild sonic journey performed by Romanian quintet Nu & Apa Neagra. Recorded in Berlin with an arsenal of exotic instruments - reeds, sitars, clarinets, jew�s harps and cozas - this stupendous record effortlessly achieves the heights of early Faust and Plastic People of the Universe, without once resorting to sonic plagiarism. Perhaps it's the canny combination of field recordings, ring modulators, samples and real instrumentation that so keeps listeners on their toes; or maybe it's the overtly psychedelic and ever-shifting Dieter Dierksian mixdown. But whatever the answer is, the most exhilarating aspect of this whole album is the manner in which stunning new sounds just keep on unfolding and unfolding. Like Ace Ventura's mythical rebirth from the asshole of a plastic rhinoceros, all of Nu & Apa Neagra's outpourings on this record are vigorously tidal, charmingly far-fetched and highly novel in a catchy bastard manner. So do please search out this remarkable sonic beast or access the band themselves at www.nu-apa-neagra.ro.

(-) Julian Cope, Head Heritage, Jan. 2010