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2013 Year in review

Seeing lots of articles about the past year made me to stop and think for a few moments about my accomplishments in 2013. Without hesitation I decided to gather around all my musical experiences  in a “small” post that I use it as a reference both to the past and as a springboard for future plans and dreams. I hope I do not sound arrogant, but I wish that 2014 will be even better!


My 2013 began with a musical idea that I recorded it on the spot because I liked it very much. I hope I’ll find the time and inspiration to take this piece to the next level.

On January 15th I launched my website, www.adrianciuplea.com and made a small movie (while paragliding) announcing it.


January 18 – My band Vita de Vie went on a national Tour called  Spunk Tour 2013. In a month and a half we did 5000 km touring, we visited 14 cities and played in front of about 8,000 people.

January 31 – I played with the band Days of Confusion @ Metalhead Awards in Silver Church.

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February – cello studio recording session for the album of the artist Alexandrina Hristov


March 13 – My first bass masterclass 🙂


March 29Vita de Vie releases the first video from the album Acoustic – “Basul si cu Toba Mare (Acoustic)”



April 5 – Vita de Vie releases the Acustic Album

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April 6- Vita de Vie – new Video  “Lasat Pustiu” – feat. Razvan Suma on Cello


April 8 – Acoustic Album – concert at the National Theatre Bucharest.

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April 19-21 – Serbia Vrsac Open 2013 – paragliding competition – 1st Class Fun


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May 20Platonic Band concert opening for Joe Satriani – Bucharest.

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June 4 – Double Bass studio session – Lazy Band



Iunie 5-25 – Steve Vai & Evolution Tempo Orchestra European Tour 🙂

Certainly the most extensive and intense musical experience that I ever attended although it was very difficult and demanding. This Tour will remain deeply embedded in my soul


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List of events

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June 30 –  16 – Vita de Vie National Tour @ Zilele Prieteniei – Bergenbier


July 5 – Vita de Vie Live @ Bestfest

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July 9 – Days of Confusion live @ Bestfest

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July 18 – Vita de Vie Live @ Peninsula

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July 30 – New Vita de Vie Music Video for “Ce conteaza” – feat. Florin Ochescu si Eugen Caminschi


August 1st- Vita de Vie live @ Folk You, Vama Veche



August 7 – Studio recording session – Days of Confusion 

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2 October to 21 November – Platonic Band “Middle of the week Tour”

A small tour with a totally unique flavour, an unforgettable experience.

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November 1st – We launched the online music school –  Music Academy (in Romanian)


November 5 – my first lesson from Music Academy – “How to play Basul si cu Toba Mare” (in romanian)



December 2 – Studio recording session with Platonic Band – recordings for the new album of the romanian band named Cristal

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And last but no least, the New Year’s Eve Gig



I have come to an end, although I have the feeling that I forgot to write down some stuff .. but it does not matter, as the brand new 2014 is already here.

The new year begins in force with a freakin’ BIG Vita de Vie Tour , and in the same time Platonic Band will continue it’s “Middle of the Week Tour”. It is possible to have some huge surprises in the Summer, but I’ll talk about them in time. Altogether, the future sounds good



Fenomental Tour Dates

17 ianuarie/Timisoara/Daos Club
18 ianuarie/Arad/Club Flex
24 ianuarie/Bucuresti/Fabrica
25 ianuarie/Baicoi/Club Touche
31 ianuarie/Petrosani/Barock
01 februarie/Targoviste/La Scriitori
06 februarie/Sibiu/Oldies Pub
07 februarie/Ploiesti/The Shame Rock Pub
08 februarie/Galati/Union Jack
13 februarie/Suceava/Talcioc Cultural
14 februarie/Piatra Neamt/Km 0
15 februarie/Brasov/Rockstad
21 februarie/Pitesti/Club Hush
22 februarie/Ramnicu Valcea/Pub La Cascada
26 februarie/Craiova/Cafe Teatru Play
27 februarie/Targu Mures/Jazz & Blues Club
28 februarie/Sfantu Gheroghe/Backstage Live
06 martie/Cluj Napoca/Euphoria Music Hall
07 martie/Sighetu Marmatiei/Stage Pub
08 martie/Zalau/Green Club
14 martie/Buzau/No Limit
15 martie/Campina/Club Live
21 martie/Oradea/Moskva Cafe
22 martie/Baia Mare/Log Out
28 martie/Iasi/Underground Pub
29 martie/Chisinau/Albion
04 aprilie/Constanta/Doors Club
05 aprilie/Sinaia/Backstage Live
11 aprilie/Bacau/The Stage
12 aprilie/Radauti/Casa Luca Pub
tba mai/Alba Iulia/Ryma

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In turneu cu Steve Vai!

By Adrian Ciuplea / May 20, 2013

Sunt foarte entuziasmat! Mi-am dorit foarte mult sa ajung sa cant  intr-un turneu de calibru mare, si uite ca planetele s-au aliniat: peste cateva saptamani plec in turneu cu nimeni altul decat celebrul chitarist Steve Vai! Livin’ the dream, baby 🙂

Am mai cantat cu el in 2010 in Romania si in Italia, dar ceea ce se intampla acum este mult mai mare din toate punctele de vedere. In ceea ce priveste traseul vom concerta in 8 orase, in 5 tari: Rusia, Polonia, Italia, Spania si vom incheia la Bucuresti pe 25 iunie. Din punct de vedere muzical, repertoriul acestui turneu este fara discutie cel mai dificil pe care l-am abordat vreodata si necesita o pregatire foarte meticuloasa. Playlistul va contine atat piese de pe primele albume cat si de pe cel mai recent material lansat in 2012 – “The Story of Light”.

Am inceput din primele zile ale lunii Mai sa studiez materialul nou al acestui  turneu si analizand muzica in cele mai mici detalii am ajuns sa realizez cat de profunda a fost influenta lui Frank Zappa  asupra lui Steve Vai. Stiam asta din povesti, insa pana acum nu am realizat amplitudinea acestei influente. Muzica lui Vai este foarte spectaculoasa, complexa si imposibil de abordat fara o pregatire serioasa, dar cu toate astea melodicitatea, maiestria , tehnica, si intentiile artistului fac ca acest repertoriu sa fie usor de digerat de catre public. Adevarul este ca intotdeauna am admirat artistii ce reusesc sa faca lucrurile complicate sa para usoare, iar Steve Vai este un maestru la acest capitol.

Turneul in care urmeaza sa plec va fi cu adevarat o aventura muzicala la cel mai inalt nivel posibil si, pentru ca stiu ca foarte multi dintre voi tanjiti dupa detalii, voi tine un blog al acestei experiente unice pe care o puteti urmari atat aici, pe site-ul meu, cat si pe facebooktwitter sau  prin Email Newsletter

Mai multe despre concertele din 2010 puteti citi in interviul pe care l-am dat atunci pentru site-ul Warwick.de

„Hi Adrian, how did the gigs go?

The gigs were great, I have had a wonderful experience . Everything went fine except when Steve’s guitar cable came off the pedalboard during “For the Love of God” song on the Bucharest show. The sound was great considering the fact that mixing orchestra and a band is usually quite a challenge.

The gear I used on those events were two of my Warwick basses – Streamer Stage I & Thumb BO, and my Hellborg preamp.

What size the venues were (how many people)?

The events took place in large sports arenas. The Bucharest venue can hold  up to 6000 people, and the one in Rimini, Italy, up to 7000 people. Both performances were sold out!

What was your personal highlights from playing the shows?

I had a lot of fun with “The Crying Machine” song. This one was not in the original set, but Steve wanted to try it with the band on the soundcheck of the first show. “We’’ll try this song tomorrow during soundcheck, and if it sounds good we’ll add it to the set as an encore”! Next day we received green light for “The Crying Machine” and I was very happy about it because I could take a break from the “orchestral style playing”!

From my point of view, the electric bass had a kind of double role in this project. There were songs when I played as if I was part of the orchestra, looking at the conductor all the time, following the tempo changes and musical interpretations, and there were other songs when a modern bass playing approach was needed, like funky slap stuff.

What is like to play alongside Steve Vai?

I was very impressed by Steve Vai both the man and the musician. I couldn’t believe it that I was playing next to him after all the time I watched his videos and listened to his music. During the shows there were moments when I was hypnotized by Steve’s guitar. Two times I was on the verge of missing my bass lines because I had keep listening to him, no longer focussing on my playing.

The scarce musical suggestions he offered were always precise and well explained, usually in the form of jokes. It was impossible to miss the point. The first time we have played “The Crying Machine”, all Steve said was: “Ok guys!  One, two, three, four”…  I really enjoyed his direct and spontaneous style. Moreover, during solos, Steve chose randomly the musicians who were supposed to improvise. Imagine being finger pointed to play a solo during a concert in front of 6000 people or more. It’s really the kind of test that show what you’re made of.

It has been a privilege for me to support Steve Vai, and the whole experience was transcendental. „
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Bass Masterclass in Constanta

By Adrian Ciuplea / March 9, 2013


Am placerea sa ii invit pe Constanteni miercuri  13 martie la primul meu Masterclass de bass 🙂 Evenimentul se va desfasura in cadrul studioului Crossover Sound Studio si va incepe in jur de ora 19:00


Mi-am propus ca in orele pe care le vom petrece impreuna sa va impartasesc cate ceva din experienta mea acumulata in mai bine de 13 ani de scena, atat ca basist cat si ca violoncelist. In plus, in acest Masterclass vom arunca o privire asupra realitatii de a trai din muzica din perspectiva muzicianului profesionist, voi acoperi subiecte cum ar fi: ton de bass, EQ, tehnici de cantat, linii de bass, cum sa studiem corect, promovarea de sine, internet marketing, ce inseamna sa fii muzician de studio, obtinerea si păstrarea concertelor, și nu in ultimul rand – cat de important este sa te distrezi in ceea ce faci!


Dacă doriți să luați parte la acest masterclass, vă rog sa ii contactati pe cei de la Crossover Sound Studio.


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