On June 8th 2017, NAVI released her first album, “Songbird”, under the patronage of Romania’s oldest and most prestigious record label, Electrecord. The LP features 14 indie-pop songs composed by NAVI and Marian Nica and recorded in the span of two years at NMC Productions in Bucharest.

The “Songbird” album is available on CD (buy here), in Romanian music stores and on all major digital distribution & streaming platforms: iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Zonga, Deezer. You can find links to all of them by clicking here.

The latest single from the album is “My Diary”, an autobiographical indie-pop/rock anthem about “a girl with big dreams in a small town”. The album also features NAVI’s first three singles – “Picture Perfect”, the power ballad with a controversial BDSM-themed music video that first brought her to public attention; the electro-pop break-up piece “The Burning Process” and the piano-driven ballad “Eyes Wide Shut”.

The illustrations for the album were created by Cristina Calara.

Tracklist

  1. Adentro
  2. Think
  3. Picture Perfect
  4. Heart Of Stone
  5. The Touch [Interlude]
  6. The Burning Process
  7. Eyes Wide Shut
  8. Put Him To Sleep
  9. Poison Of Choice
  10. Shibari [Interlude]
  11. Daddy’s Song
  12. The Backdoor
  13. My Diary
  14. Songbird

NAVI aduce in atentia publicului un show in premiera mondiala absoluta. Spectaculos, incendiar, original! Muzica senzuala, erotism si… Shibari, simultan!

Pentru cei care nu sunt familiarizați cu termenul, Shibari este arta bondage-ului japonez. Originar din Japonia secolului al 17-lea, a fost inițial folosit pentru a restricționa prizonierii. Legăturile cu care erau imobilizați aceștia erau făcute rapid și cu exactitate. În Evul Mediu, Shibari a devenit o parte a jocurilor erotice, iar în anii `70 a câștigat o imensă popularitate în Japonia, propagându-se apoi în întreaga lume.

NAVI este primul artist care va pune în scenă un astfel de moment Shibari în cadrul noului său show. Va fi acompaniată pe scenă de un rigger (artist al sforilor) și va cânta live în timp ce este suspendată în frânghii. Combinația de muzică live și Shibari este fără precedent și NAVI va profita din plin de această modalitate inedită pentru a exprima libertatea și senzualitatea care îi definesc muzica.

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NAVI trece astfel la o nouă etapă din carieră: revine în lumina reflectoarelor cu piese noi, într-un stil indie-pop, mai matur și întunecat, cu o nouă viziune și cu un album conceptual.

Picture Perfect“, inclus pe acest album a fost numit de presă “cel mai șocant videoclip pop filmat vreodată”. Clipul este, de fapt, un scurt-metraj regizat de NMC, condimentat cu scene BDSM și Shibari (bondage japonez). “Picture Perfect” a fost interzis de televiziunile românești și a atras după sine un val de controverse. În 2015 au fost lansate piesele „The Burning Process” și „Eyes Wide Shut”, care s-au bucurat de aprecierea fanilor și a presei de specialitate.

Albumul “The Beauty Diaries” va fi lansat în această toamnă și va fi produs de NMC Productions.

On Friday, December 4th, NAVI will perform at BOUND Party in Bucharest, an event dedicated to the Shibari art (Japanese bondage). The event, organised by Play SMart, will take place on Hristov Botev no. 25 and will feature performances from Romanian and foreign riggers.

NAVI will be accompanied on stage by the young Romanian rigger Drysin and she will sing live while being suspended in ropes. This combination of live music and Shibari is unprecedented and NAVI takes full advantage of it to express the freedom and sensuality that define her music.

The singer has made her passion for BDSM quite public, to the extent of featuring hardcore S&m scenes in her debut music video “Picture Perfect” (2014).

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Drysin și NAVI will ve the first act; the evening will continue with masterful erotic shows performed by BogdanB & Sash_a (Romania), Silent_TeddyBear & Sandra Du Verena (Bulgaria), Pedro_Cordas (Portugal) & Maya Homerton (Spain) and Dark Shibari (Romania). The music will be provided by Devil Doll and Feather Duvet will color the night with paintings and sketches inspired by the shows, in real time.

Entrance: 35 ron / person
Doors open: 22:00
Facebook Event

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BOUND Party is an open-to-the-public event, but the rules for usual private parties organized by Play SMArt apply – read them here.

The organizers reserve their right to select participants permitted to enter the premises for safety and discretion-related reasons.

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During her intense promotional run for her new single “Eyes Wide Shut“, NAVI stopped by TVH’s morning show, “O 9 ZI”, for a live performance and a quick Q&A. She performed “The Burning Process” live and acoustic, accompanied by Mihai Munteanu on guitar, and introduced her latest music video. Also, she accepted Alexandra NesteA’s challenge to answer as many personal & funny questions as possible in under one minute.

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On Tuesday, September 29th 2015, NAVI was invited to the popular Romanian morning show “Neatza cu Răzvan și Dani” on Antena 1, to perform her latest single, “Eyes Wide Shut“. Dressed in a classy black veil blouse designed by Baroque Fashion, complete with and an Anca Irina Lefter leather harness and PVC pants, NAVI took to the stage to deliver the emotional love song, accompanied by a music video directed by NMC.

It isn’t the first time NAVI has performed on this show: in recent years, she has premiered some of the Alexandra & Alec singles here and also claimed an award during the Battle of Songs songwriting contest, showcased by Răzvan and Dani.

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The Romanian newspaper Click! published an article about NAVI’s love story with guitar player and composer Andrei Grigore (Mindcage Escape). The two musicians met on Tinder last autumn and have been together for a year now. NAVI revealed the romantic details of their first dates exclusively to journalist Raluca Damian:

“From the very first moment, I was very attracted to him, I felt something I was quite afraid to define. He took me to a wonderful restaurant, where we sat and talked until closing time. We moved to a bar, that also closed eventually. Our first was magical. I wanted that moment in time to last forever, all I knew was I didn’t want to let go of his hand”

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NAVI also explained the connection between her beautiful love story with Andrei and her latest single, “Eyes Wide Shut“:

“Eyes Wide Shut” is the most honest song I’ve ever written. It’s about the kind of love that can drive you insane, but also saves you, about that state of grace in which you’re so afraid to lose yourself, even tough you know you can’t help it (…) The song is about, inspired by and dedicated to Andrei”.

Read the full article here! (in Romanian)

On September 16th, NAVI was invited to the Bucuresti FM morning show to present her single, “Eyes Wide Shut”. Accompanied by Mihail Doman (guitar), the singer also offered an acoustic rendition of “The Burning Process” and told listeners all about what music means to her, the way she writes songs and the upcoming series of concerts in autumn. Also present in the studio was NAVI’s producer, Marian Nica, who also directs her edgy / epic music videos.

You can watch the whole show here (“The Burning Process” begins at minute 16:00)

Photo: Alexandru Dolea

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NAVI’s latest single, “Eyes Wide Shut“, has received positive reviews from the local and international press. Among the indie blogs supporting the Romanian artist is BluesBunny.com, that posted a short, but conclusive review about the song last week and featured the music video on its homepage.

Although she is from Romania, NAVI takes a very American approach to her song “Eyes Wide Shut” and, while the piano may well be much to the fore, it is her heart that truly drives the song forward“, the reviewer states.

BluesBunny.com has also reviewed NAVI’s previous single, “The Burning Process“, opening the door for other independent blogs to discover the singer songwriter’s releases.

Cantautoarea NAVI își lansează cel de-al treilea single, „Eyes Wide Shut”, o baladă dramatică și efervescentă. Artista și producătorul ei, NMC (Nica Marian Ciprian), și-au urmat instinctul încă o dată și au creat un videoclip impresionist, aproape alb-negru, în care se întrepătrund o multitudine de stări.

Piesa „Eyes Wide Shut”, compusă de către NAVI și NMC, are ceva din onestitatea muzicală a lied-urilor, atât prin interpretarea vocală și partitura complexă de pian, cât și prin procesul de înregistrare.

Piesa asta mă reprezintă 200%, iar clipul e puțin din tot ce sunt eu: nebună, liniștită, melancolică, îndrăgostită de viață, puternică, speriată, inocentă, provocatoare. Totul e TRUE, am tras pianul și vocea simultan, am filmat ca și cum camera nu ar exista, am trăit toate momentele acelea, de la agonie la extaz…”, povestește NAVI.

„Eyes Wide Shut” este cel de-al treilea single solo al lui NAVI, după „The Burning Process” (2015) și controversatul „Picture Perfect” (2014). Lansarea piesei vine după o vară plină de concerte, în numeroase locații din București și de pe litoral, unde NAVI și-a prezentat noul show live, „Acoustic is the New Black”.

DESPRE NAVI

NAVI este cântăreață și compozitor. De la 12 ani și-a petrecut timpul în mare parte prin studiouri, lucrând pentru artiști precum Morandi, Hotel FM, Foișorul de Foc și Mihai Toma & Passione și “furând meserie” de la cei mai buni producători. În perioada 2008 – 2011 a făcut parte din proiectul Alexandra & Alec, formulă în care a lansat EP-ul “Little Dreams” și trei single-uri. În 2011, NAVI a scris versurile piesei “Change” alături de vechiul ei colaborator, Gabriel Băruța. Cântecul a ajuns să reprezinte România la Eurovision și a marcat o etapă importantă în cariera lui NAVI. Artista a susținut numeroase concerte în România și în străinătate (Franța, Belgia) și este adepta show-urilor 100% live. Primul single solo NAVI a apărut în 2014 (“Picture Perfect”), urmat de “The Burning Process” (2015). În prezent, pregătește noi piese și un album la NMC Productions.

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Muzica și versurile: NAVI / NMC
Regie și producție: NMC (Nica Marian Ciprian)
Machiaj: Cristina Călara

Pentru press kit-ul complet (comunicat de presă în format Word, fotografii la rezoluție înaltă), click aici.

On August 30th, NAVI was invited to perform her acoustic show at Berăria H in Bucharest. It was more of a surprise performance, as NAVI was called in to replace the artists originally booked for the evening, who couldn’t attend the event.

Alongside guitarist and composer Mihail Doman (who co-wrote some of her most emotional ballads, like “Be the One” and “Sleeping with a Stranger”), NAVI delivered a strong, diverse and engaging performance, consisting of original music and some carefully picked covers, to suit her voice and the overall summer mood.

The performance at Berăria H was part of the Acoustic Garden – Music under the Tree series of open-air events, so NAVI performed her “Acoustic is the New Black” set, refined throughout the summer and improved for the events coming up in September.

See more photos from the concert here!

SETLIST – Acoustic is the New Black by NAVI

  1. The Burning Process (Intro)
  2. BE THE ONE
  3. ASCULTĂ-MĂ
  4. SAVE TONIGHT (Eagle Eye Cherry cover)
  5. SLEEPING WITH A STRANGER
  6. All about that bass (Meghan Trainor cover)
  7. Adele Medley (Rolling in the deep / Set fire to the rain)
  8. LA CAFEA
  9. DERNIERE DANSE (Indila cover)
  10. GYPSY (Shakira cover)
  11. LET HER GO (Passenger cover)
  12. PUT HIM TO SLEEP
  13. THE BURNING PROCESS

* Photos: Mega are Mere