Unconventional live electro-acoustic revolution
Born in 1999, the group is based on a former percussion ensemble called Hans’n’Feet that subsequently changed its name into Sensor, a formula that revolutionized the Romanian showbiz industry, as it developed a brand new comcept: a techno-tribal-electro group relying heavily on a very dynamic show and percussions on unconventional instruments like bins, cans, broom sticks, electric grinders, synths and any other tool you can think of. The concept took shape as the stage performance ‘Sakadat ExtraSensorial’, an awarded show that was way ahead of its time, unique in terms of form, storyline, musical and rhythmic structure.
Their first album, ‘Lands’ (also the first Romanian world-fusion album) found the group rearranged and consisted of producer Paul Ilea (synths, percussion, violin), Cristian Melak (percussions), Sasha Negara (clarinet, percussions), Mandela Gajol (flute, percussion, woodwind instruments) and Laura Orian (voice, percussion). Later on Cosmin Gherghinoiu (bass guitar) and Andrei Petrila (drums)joined the band in a live formula. Along the way, the core trio – Paul, Sasha & Melak – invited numerous artists to lend their voices to Sensor, among which Mara, Lora and more recently, Lullu or Roxana Morar. With its roots in the industrial-techno scene of the early 2000’s, this award winning band has since released 3 studio albums, a compilation and 2 club mixes as well as sharing the main stage at European festivals with major headliners such as The Prodigy, Faithless, Kylie Minogue, Kelly Rowland, Korn, Bob Sinclair, Genesis, Scorpions, Crystal Method, Chicane and others. With eccentric band leader Paul Ilea as the main figure of the music outfit, Sensor has evolved naturally towards experimenting and therefore came to explore a whole range of genres, giving them a boost of an unique, uncategorizable style. The result? An originally crafted sound, a mix of electro and broken beats, post dubstep and acid jazz, symphonic and ethnic flavors that appear to fit the multitude of genres, but, in fact, gently disrupting these well-known patterns. All wrapped in electrifying, hyped-up live shows. Sensor is nothing like your regular music group because it doesn’t follow any mainstream recipe! Always on unconventional paths, regardless of the trends and slowly building a trademark, diversity is the key word for this one-of-a-kind band. Sensor won several awards so far, such as the the MTV Award in 2005 for ‘Best Video Single’ (‘Help Yourself’, taken from their second album, ‘E-volution’ – 2004), ‘Best Sound’ Award @Romanian Music Awards in 2009, VIP Music Award for ‘Best Group’ in 2011 and, most recently, nominee to ‘Best Electronica Artist’ at AIM Music Awards California, USA .
SENSOR’s latest album, „U.S.B. – Urban Symphonik Beats” was released in late 2013. With featured artists like LORA, Mara, Mc Tina, this complex album has a plethora of twists and turns, from post dubstep to dnb and all kinds of surprising broken beats, experimenting both with symphonic melodic lines and electronic sounds. The album was released on a special edition USB card.
In the upcoming spring of 2019, Sensor is preparing the launch of its 4 th full studio album, a musical journey into the band’s 20 years rich history. The concept is mimicking the style of known Sensor tracks and bringing them into the now through adding production gimmicks, flavors and a line-up of young and powerful voices that give the necessary spin to enrich and expand Paul’s intricate musical production.
Twisted & unusual sounds from solo alias, meant to disrupt genres
Mongol also started collaborating with graphic artist PisicaPatrata in 2011, when they created ‘Grafik Show’, a deeply original live music & live graphics performance with a relevant impact on the Romanian club scene including a show at the Contemporary National Art Museum. The duo accessed also the big open air events -Constitutiei Square New Year’s Eve Event (Bucharest), Zu Party (Piata Sfatului, Brasov).This lead to a new , more complex multimedia project called ‘TRIPKAT’ , featuring the video mapping crew ‘Les Ateliers Nomad’.
Electronic artist Mongol, Paul Ilea’s solo alias, is marking his official online debut in the summer of 2013, with the banging remix of ‘Out Of Line’ – belonging to the late 90’s progressive rock band IPSE. Mongol’s second single -”Da Roots” – is an ethno-infused track with a new wave beat and hyped-up mood, released in late 2013. Produced @ Kult Studio , ‘Da Roots’ also marked Mongol’s first official performance – an unique ‘live electronics’ set @ ‘Carol 53’ –Bucharest. The performance that followed was a memorable live 2-days mix which opened one of the most popular advertising events of the year – “Noaptea Devoratorilor de Publicitate”.
Mongol’s collaboration with solo artist Mara lead to the release of “Summer Delight”, a breezy atmospheric track with a house beat that both races and calms the heart, scored on the 2014 ‘Plansa’ (‘It takes two to fence’), a Romanian feature film. Next year Mara and Mongol partnered again for the launch of Mara’s major label (Roton) single, ‘Ma bike’.
In the more recent years Mongol is launching singles at a quasi- steady pace, on his Soundcloud account (see Releases section), but with the clear intention of not to insist on promoting anything in particular, as this musical outfit fits Paul’s more eclectic, experimental moods and it is meant to be a highly personal and subjective trip that acts as a valve for any tension that needs to be released in musical form. In other words, Mongol is the misanthrope facet of Paul’s creative personality and you gotta keep a close watch on his account, as he will randomly create audio gems and upload them almost unannounced.
„…Paul Ilea, Head of Band Vocea Romaniei, ne-a povestit mai multe despre show-urile live Vocea Romaniei, prin ochii band-ului.
– Ce inseamna editiile live pentru band-ul Vocea Romaniei?
– “Inseamna pregatirea a 16 piese noi de la un live la celalalt, cu repetitii zilnic, implicare totala din partea fiecarui membru al band-ului. Incepand cu editiile live, am adaugat backing vocals si suflatori la formula de baza, asadar …fun!…””
‘Romania’s Got Talent’ is the most watched romanian television show, sprinkled with authentic talent, many surprises, unique moments, full of tension, emotion and fun.
RGT is a dynamic show, and the dynamism is ensured every time by both the talents present on the stage and by the panel of jurors. Thousands of competitors have demonstrated that Romania does not lack the various talents that can surprise and excite, and every new season is announced to be an incendiary one!
Paul had his hand on the musical production and also had special moments when he performed onstage solo, alongside artists or with his band, Sensor.
Those who want to get closer to classical music can quickly take a few steps watching the video series “What do we hear when listening to music?”. The musician Paul Ilea and actor Marius Manole address basic themes in the formation of a connoisseur in music during 18 short YouTube episodes. The project, produced by the biggest classical music festival in the world – The George Enescu Festival – aims to provide some useful tools to those who want to develop their “critical listening” of classical music and craft an artistic sense in enjoying musical compositions.
Voices of the new generation give the tone of a super competition – ‘The Voice Kids’ – Romania!
The three coaches choose the best competitors with whom they will fight for the big trophy. The mission of the three coaches is an extremely important one, because they will be the ones who will be fine-tunning the tomorrow’s artists, the musicians who will compose the soundtrack of Romania.
Children will bring to the forefront the ingredients of the hottest show of voices in their superlative form: emotion, competition, tension, joy and sensation, and will prove that you are never too small to make it big!
This is the junior version to ‘The Voice’.
‘Dancing With The Stars’ is the hottest dance competition between 12 pairs of professional dancers and celebrities. Couples perform live in every LIVE show and each time presents new dance styles until theyare eliminated from the competition.
Pro TV brings to the homes of all Romanians the most interesting and unexpected stars, who will dance spectacular choreographies. Humorous quality, surprising competitors, suspense and good music.
‘Gigi Caciuleanu, Romania’s most acclaimed choreographer, returns to London with another show, which documents the maddening process by which a “humble” minute of dance is produced. Different every time, the performance is created and re-created on the spot, taken by the flux of momentary inspiration.
The choreographer himself is joined by dancers Ana Visan and Razvan Stoian together with musician Paul Ilea in a show as unexpected as everybody’s next minute in life.
“The entire show is designed around the complicated and often ‘crazy’ creative process needed to create one minute of dance. It may be regarded as an improvisation from the very beginning to the very end, an eternal re-creation.’
Created by Gigi Caciuleanu & Art Production
‘..Percussion/contemporary dance/lights show produced by Kult Studio.’
It was performed within the biggest Romanian advertisement event – Noaptea Devoratorilor de publicitate.
Created by Kult Studio (choreography by Ioana Marchidan)
The natural evolution of Sensor’s Sakadat ExtraSensorial show, updated and re-oriented for ten years after.
Created by Kult Studio (choreography by Ioana Marchidan)
` An intense show about percussion, attitude and dance, created by Sensor.’
Created by Sensor & DaKino
First appearance onstage, at the age of 10, the debut lasted for two seasons at one of the most respected Operas in Romania.