Concert The Colibri Bird and Nicu Alifantis 16. 11. 2006
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 11:53:23 AM
Anniversary two years Radio3Net.
Bringing the band four years since the breakup.
Mircea Baniciu - guitar, vocals; Mircea Vintila - guitar, vocals, Florian Pittis - voice, presenter, Vlady Cnejevici - keyboards; Jerry Schwartz - bass guitar, Nicu Alifantis - guitar, vocals, percussion.
Pasărea Colibri (The Colibri Bird) is a Romanian folk supergroup. Aside from typical Romanian folk instruments and acoustic and electric guitars, the band also made use of digital and analogue synthesisers and fretless bass guitar, a somewhat revolutionary approach among Romanian bands in the 90s.
The band formed in 1992 while Mircea Baniciu, who, after conflicts with Transsylvania Phoenix leader Nicu Covaci had left the group, was performing in Râmnicu Vâlcea. At the end of Baniciu's set, actor Florian Pittiş and folk musician Mircea Vintila, together with Compact keyboardist Vlady Cnejevici, joined him for an improvised performance after which Pittiş announced the project was to be named Pasărea Colibri, as a reference to Baniciu's on and off collaboration with Transsylvania Phoenix. The four musicians started performing together and released their first album, 'În căutarea cuibului pierdut (Seeking The Lost Nest) in 1995. A live album containing no new work, as most of the songs the group performed were covers of Transsylvania Phoenix's old hits or Baniciu and Vintila's own compositions, it catapulted the group to superstardom in Romania making them widely popular as Pasărea Colibri. Florian Pittiş left the group in 2001 to focus on other personal projects, such as Radio3Net, and to work for football club Rapid Bucureşti of which he was longtime fan of. Folk songwriter Marius Baţu replaced him in the group and Pasărea Colibri released one more album before disbanding in 2003. Pittiş passed away in 2007.
As of 2009, the remaining members are on good terms and still perform together occasionally under the "Pasărea Colibri" name. Cnejevici also worked extensively with Baniciu on various other projects, such as producing his 2009 "Best-Of" album and performing with him live in concerts throughout Romania.