January 30, 2014
1. Diary of a Madman
Alexander Bălănescu is one of the few musicians that I recently saw that has blown me away not only with his music, but also with a mesmerizing attitude while on stage. But I first saw him a few months before I got the chance to interview him, when he acted in a play inspired by Nikolai Gogol's short story "Diary of a Madman". The work tells the story of a man imprisoned in his own mind, whose delirium flows through a monologue that he develops, from the beginning until the end. The play stars a Romanian actor playing the mad man, and Balanescu who has a few interventions with his violin, acting as another voice from Poprischin's head.
“I feel like the violin is a continuation of my body. I grew up with violin and one of the things that make me glad is that I'm still learning. The instruments on chords are the closest to the voice, and the possibilities to express with violin are endless, unlimited.”