When February 18, 2024 at 3:00pm CST 2 hrs
Where ROCO Chicago, IL
Contact Catalin Constantin Nicolae

 A Journey through Music and Life 

"Prima iubire, țambalul" (First Love, the Cimbalom)

Join us for an unforgettable afternoon with Nicolae Feraru, as we celebrate the launch of his memoir, "Prima iubire, țambalul" (First Love, the Cimbalom). This event, hosted by ROCO Arts, is a cultural experience blending music and life stories.


About the Book

  • Edited and Prefaced by Elena Stoican: This memoir offers an intimate look into the life and artistry of Nicolae Feraru, curated and introduced by Elena Stoican.
  • Photographic Album: The book includes a rich photographic album from Nicolae Feraru's personal archive, offering a visual journey through his life and career.
  • Cover Design by Rudy Roth: The book's cover, designed by Rudy Roth, encapsulates the essence of Nicolae Feraru's musical journey.


Nicolae Feraru

Born on March 19, 1950 in Bucharest, Nicolae Feraru is a virtuoso in the realm of traditional and contemporary music, celebrated for his exceptional skills on the cimbalom. His repertoire spans across various genres including jazz, folk, and classical, making his performances a rich tapestry of sounds and styles. Additionally, he has played with famous violinists and traditional orchestra leaders, demonstrating his expertise and adaptability across different musical styles and contexts.

 His mentor was the famous cimbalom player Mitică Ciuciu. Feraru's exceptional career began in Romania and later expanded internationally. After many acclaimed tours abroad, he settled in the USA, where he was celebrated as a master of traditional musical heritage. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest American honor in the arts, recognizing his lifetime contributions.

Dr. Marius Stan

Marius Stan is a researcher and writer based in Chicago. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Bucharest and his PhD in Chemistry from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy. After moving to the USA in 1997, Dr. Stan served as a senior researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory and as the National Director for Computation at the US Department of Energy during the Obama administration. Later, he became the leader of the smart materials program at Argonne National Laboratory and an associate professor at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. In 2021, he decided to dedicate himself to personal projects focused on the use of computers in science, technology, and art. He recently contributed as an author to the collective volumes "The Great Amorous Debacle," published by the Art and Literature Publishing House, and "Traveling Tales," published by Minela Publishing House. He is a member of the The Society of Midland Authors USA. Currently, he is writing a book about human and artificial intelligence and a novel, both in English. You may also recognize him as Bogdan, the Romanian character from the television series Breaking Bad.



In the preface, Elena Stoican remarks : "Reading it feels like a story, a life story. It's a reminder that simplicity in writing is the key to reaching the reader's heart, not sophisticated expressions. If I had to define Nicolae Feraru in a few words, I'd say he lived by the principle: 'I exist and must leave something remarkable behind.'"


Highlights of the Event

  • Dialog with Dr. Marius Stan: Engage in a dynamic conversation with the author and his interlocutor 
  • Book Launch: Unveiling of Nicolae Feraru's latest book, a reflection of his artistic journey and insights into the world of music.
  • Mini Concert: A live performance by Nicolae Feraru and his guests, showcasing his mastery over the cimbalom.
  • Meet & Greet: An opportunity to meet Nicolae Feraru and get a copy of the book signed.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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