An interview with Cari Tibor

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Q: How was the "Music Theatre" born ?

CT: The first concert was just after the premiere of "Hamlet" in Timisoara,directed by Victor Ioan Frunza, for which I wrote music and having a lot of music outside the show  we thought we should also play it. Music Theatre is ussually forgotten once the show ends,it ceases to exists. And I'm very sorry, because every artist loves his work and has the desire to express himself and to keep what he has created. In this sense I thought we could play it in concerts. And even if they no longer sing in the show, the music remains in concert.After that we thought that we could develop it into a project that could be promoted better and then we thought to name it - "Music Theatre". And then I had many concerts in the country and even in Budapest!


Q: How did  the public react to this innovation?

C.T: It always reacted very well! For us it was a joy! Especially for those who once saw this show and even if they did not see it, they became curious. Those who had seen the show, enjoyed that they could recognize the songs. A lot of times they were in another version, because I usually adapt parts depending on interpreters, the possibilities for space, each concert is different and has a different atmosphere!


Q: Do you think music theatre  could become a necessary study in the future for young scholars at the Music Academy?

TC: I think there should be at least a module or course because it is a different style. It works completely different! You work on orders. Composers usually select after inspiration –  a year may pass and they could write a single piece, it depends on the  mood, the dispondition. You have  two months to your disposal, you have a deadline you need to finish, to create a musical performance line, to write the songs, to orchestrate, to teach the actors to interpret it. You must be employed. Here you need to know the technique, how to work. If you do not have experience with this you can not handle it. I was lucky to work with a very good director, Victor Ioan Frunza, thanks to whom I learned what music theater is. He had patience with me, showed me the technique and that was a good thing for me. Over the past ten years I made music for theater and managed to make music for over fifty shows.


Q: You have so many awards for what you do in theater, do you think you will get involved more  in movies in the future?

C.T: I hope! The truth is that I am very attracted to film music. I love it! Many people told me that my music would be appropriate for film, that what I do is very cinematic. I would be very happy if I could manage to get released  this way. I already worked on several  short films and I have similar projects. My dream is to write music for feature films, however. I am convinced that I can do music and video!


Q: What can you tell me about the show tomorrow night – "But who will dance with the piano player?

CT: The show is very special for me, because of what I did before. And I'm a character in the show and sing continuously for fifty minutes, which rarely happened and  especially as I am the only one it is very challenging. I must keep the audience's interested in what will be heard and also help them and the other performers. For me it was a joy and a pleasure to work on this show.


Q: What do you think  about the IPIFF festival? Some thoughts that you might share.

CT: It's the  first time I'm attending a film festival,before I was more involved in theater. It's a novelty for me - a very pleasant novelty. I feel honored to have been invited here, especially as I  wanted to know more closely the movie world for a long time and this  was a good place and a good occasion to do so. And also I'm glad that what i do was apperciated. I felt  a positive public reaction to the opening show and concert last night.


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