Adina NeluMEDIA COMPOSER
Classically trained film and media composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter based in Manchester (UK), Adina worked as a stage performer for an award-winning European artist, composed original music for short and feature films, documentaries, art installations, fashion and TV.
The subject of her academic research and her first EP is Poems: A Collaboration in Space and Time, a sonic exploration of 19th Century Romanian poetry from unexpected musical perspective. Adina has recently been commissioned by BBC New Creatives to create Dear Hometown, a sonic re-enactment of an Eastern European political prison opened under the communist regime, a project currently in development. Her latest EP The Heavy Now was commissioned by the GMCA to become part of Greater Manchester’s archive of creative responses to the pandemic and is now available to listen on all streaming platforms.
ORIGINAL MUSIC for DECÂT O REVISTĂ
Adina created original music for Vorbesc. Ca să nu știu doar eu, a feature length audio essay written and narrated by Ioana Burtea and produced by Decât o Revistă, Romania's leading narrative journalism publication. Ioana draws from her own experience with sexual abuse, tackling a subject still widely ignored throughout Eastern Europe. Click here for the published essay.
BRIGHTER SOUND FILM MUSIC RESIDENCY
"Dear Hometown tells the obscure story of the Piteşti Phenomenon, one of the most inhumane political prisons of the communist regime, the artefacts of which quietly stand well within walking distance of my childhood home. By employing non-conventional means of sonic storytelling, this project aims to challenge the audience’s perception through an eerie blend of soundscapes, sound design, music and found sound. This project is a ghastly sonic re-enactment of the atrocities that Romania's youngest and brightest had to endure during the early days of the communist regime. It is about recent history, collective memory and personal rediscovery."
Dear Hometown is currently in development.
GMCA CREATIVE COMMISSION
Adina is one of the sixty artists commissioned by the GMCA to document the effects of the pandemic through their medium. Their collective works will create an archive of Greater Manchester's artistic response to the on-going global health crisis.
"As part of this creative commission, I will be creating an instrumental piece conveying the family-related worries, as well as the feelings of powerlessness associated with being under lockdown. The proposed sonic artefact aims to express the intricate web of emotions that all of us are currently experiencing as part of this new reality that we are being forced to adjust to.
I'm honoured to have my work featured as part of this archive in response to such a significant historical event."