Moldova: Reviewing the song 'Lăutar'Written by Marc Calleja Bayliss
The appointed critics for this years' edition of the reviews prior to the Eurovision Song Contest have been sharing their views on the tracks that are competing in this years' event and has somewhat agreed that whilst there are some smashing tracks in this first semi-final, the winner will most likely come out either of the second semi-final or through the five finalists that have made the billing due to their nations' status. The penultimate draw in the first evening set to take place on the 22nd May has been given to the country of Moldova who have had quite an entertaining set of entries throughout the years. This time round it does not seem to be any different as the singer; Pasha Parfeny will be taking to the stage to perform the song Lăutar which he wrote alongside Alex Brashovean. The song was chosen in a national final held earlier this year beating out former representative Geta Burlacu along the way.
Pasha Parfeny was born on May 30th, 1986 in Moldova. Music has always played an important role in his life. Pasha’s parents who are both musicians have always supported his musical career. Pasha’s mother was a piano teacher at the music school of the city of Orhei. His father was a singer and guitarist. Pasha Parfeny started his musical career at the age of seven, studying classical piano at the music school. In 2002 he entered Tiraspol Music College where he gained a lot of experience as a vocalist. Later on, in 2006, Pasha Parfeny continued his musical studies at the State Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts where he tried himself as a composer.
Pasha is also known as a former member of the band Sunstroke Project. 2009 the band with Pasha Parfeny as the vocalist participated in the Moldovan Eurovision qualifying contest where they came third with their song No Crime. In late autumn 2010, Pasha's contract expired and he left the band. In 2010, the singer participated in the Moldovan national selection with his song You Should Like and finished second. Pasha Parfeny is the owner of some musical prizes and awards. Already in 2003, he was awarded Grand Prix at the competition Voices Of Transnistria.
In 2007, Pasha Parfeny got the first place in the festivals Duet Of The Year and Silver Lantrei in Bulgaria. In 2009, the artist took part in the International Festival of pop music George Grigoriu where he won another Grand Prize. In the same year, Pasha Parfeny participated in Mamaia Contest in Romania where he got the first place in the creation section with Andrew Tudor’s song You Do Not See The Sky. And last but not least, the singer is a winner of the International Music Festival Slavianski Bazar in Vitebsk in 2009.
The Critics Voice Their Opinion
Jan Van Dijck
- Catchy song with some real Balkan sounds here. The song itself is uplifting and well performed by Pasha. Will it get into the big final? Maybe yes, maybe no. I believe this is another borderline type of track, hence six (6) points will do in this case.
- This song represents something I love about Eurovision, bringing in national elements so that I feel I am a visitor in Moldova when I hear it. It has an uplifting energy, and a positive spirit that shall be credited! But even so, we are not going to Moldova next May. I agree with my colleague above, therefore, six (6) points are just right.
- A balkan influenced sound with a Ricky Martin like performance. A nice combination that has a good rhythm and a nice instrumentation. Slight disagreement with our friends above, we will go for five (5) points instead of six for this one.
Performer: Pasha Parfeny
Composers: Pasha Parfeny & Alex Brashovean
Author: Pasha Parfeny
History of the Nation
Moldova entered the Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time seven years ago, making it one of the last countries to join the competition. Their premier entry remains to date their most successful with the group Zdob şi Zdub finishing in sixth place with the song Bunika Bate Toba. They have managed to enter the final, six out of the seven times they have entered with Geta Burlacu being the only one to fail to make it through with the song A Century of Love finishing in twelfth place in the semi-final. In the past two years, they have been quite lucky to finish in tenth place within the semi-final but last year with the group Zdob şi Zdub who took part for the second time, they got their third best result by virtue of finishing in twelfth place, six places lower than their first try with So Lucky still proving to be a popular track. Will Pasha, the first male artist to represent Moldova bring about some luck? This will be seen in due time.