Timpuri Noi

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Timpuri Noi
Origin Bucharest, Romania
Years active1980—present
LabelsMediaPro Music, VIVO
MembersDan Iliescu
Felix Sfura
Vlad Apotrosoaei

Timpuri Noi is a Romanian alternative rock band.


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Dan Iliescu (2008)

Timpuri Noi was formed in 1980, and remained an underground act up until 1991. This was mainly due to what was perceived as "subversive lyrical content" in the Ceauşescu era. Incidentally, the name derives from a cliché of the period: its literal meaning is "New Times" (in the sense of "New Age"), used to signify Marxist Socialism. The tongue-in-cheek reference is somehow associated with the Bucharest metro station of the same name (see: Timpuri Noi). The name is also the Romanian translation of Modern Times, the title for Charles Chaplin's classic 1936 film.


In the early nineties, up to around 1995, the band was arguably the top Romanian act. Around the time, they had the opportunity to be the opening act for rather prestigious (albeit musically different) foreign acts during concerts in Bucharest: Ian Gillan and Uriah Heep in 1992, Scorpions in 1993, Saxon, Paradise Lost and Jethro Tull in 1994, Iron Maiden and Kreator in 1995, Eros Ramazzotti, Joe Cocker and Rod Stewart later in the same year.

1994 also signified an important event in both Timpuri Noi's career and Romanian music in general: Timpuri Noi gives the very first unplugged performance in this country, recorded as an album in the same year (see below).

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Adrian Pleşca (2008)

In 1997, the band was presented with one of the MCM French music television and Radio France Internationale "Decouvertes de Rock a l'Est" (Eastern European New Acts) Awards, performing in a special gala concert. (The previous year, Timpuri Noi had been interviewed for MTV Europe during the Golden Stag Festival in the Romanian city of Braşov.)

The band split in 2001, with members becoming involved in personal projects - Partizan for Artan, ZIDD (sometimes mentioned as "Zid" - Romanian for "wall") for Dan Iliescu. These projects were short-lived, since Timpuri noi re-united in 2005, releasing a new record called "Back in Business". [1] In 2009, Artan leaves the group, due to disagreements with Dan Iliescu. [2]

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Vlad Apotrosoaei

As of 2020, the group is still active, playing live sporadically throughout the country. They released a new full-length called "Moldova Mon Amour". [3]

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Felix Sfura


Original lineup

Current lineup

Other band members over the years

In some concerts, the band would add two backing female singers to its lineup (whether vocalists or violinists): the official site mentions Denis Iliescu, Crina Godescu and Maria Radu as its main collaborators.


Notes and references

  1. "Timpuri Noi". muzica.metropotam.ro. Retrieved 10 May 2020
  2. "Am fost nevoit să plec din Timpuri Noi". cancan.ro. Retrieved 10 May 2020
  3. "Moldova Mon Amour". discogs.com. Retrieved 10 May 2020
  4. The featured songs were: 'Albele furtuni' ('White Storms'), 'Seară de mister' ('Mystery Night'), and 'Am să rămân cu tine' ('I Will Stay With You').

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