As another year in the history of the band, the 20th, comes to an end, we take a look back, but also a look ahead to what we have coming in 2017. 2016 was a busy year for Negura Bunget, but 2107 announces to be even more intense.
The triple anniversary (20 years Negura Bunget / 10 years OM / new album ZI) took us on a roller-coaster of special moments, releases, performances in 2016.
In September, we released the new album ZI – the second part of the Transilvanian trilogy. To complete the musical experience of the album we developed a complex visual dimension as well, which included the ZI – movie concept, our highest visual achievement yet.
Hand in hand with the release of the new album we performed an extended Anniversary European Tour, with 49 gigs across the continent, of which 38 gigs were in a row (a premiere even for us).
Around the release of the new album we also developed a crowdfunding campaign meant to help us expand the promotion of our music on a proper world tour. Thanks to your generosity the campaign was a success, and our plans have now good chances to be fulfilled. We have been working on those for years and we are now close of unveiling the first details.
We'll start the new year with some writing sessions for the new album we have been already working on after completing ZI.
Then in spring we'll embark on a tour focused on Northern Europe, on places we couldn't make it to on the 2016 European Tour.
In April/May we're returning to North America extending further our Anniversary tour. Beside USA and Canada, we hope to visit and perform in Mexico as well this time, circling the entire continent.
In the summer of 2017 we plan to finalize our must ambitious project ever, The Transilvanian Trilogy with something truly special.
Finally, the last part of the year we'll dedicate to completing our Anniversary World Tour, hoping to visit some faraway places we haven't reached before: Asia and Australia.
Again, none of the things we achieved or plan to achieve would be possible without you, the people that helped and supported us over the years. We are forever grateful to you all for making our amazing journey possible!
We'll announce the details for our plans gradually, starting in the first days of the new year, so please tune in. May 2017 bring you the inspiration and the force to channel into action.