Pasărea Colibri

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Pasărea Colibri
Pasărea Colibri concert in April 2012
Pasărea Colibri concert in April 2012
Background information
OriginBucharest and Timișoara, Romania
Years active1992–2003
2009–present (occasionally)
MembersMircea Baniciu
Mircea Vintila
Vlady Cnejevici
Marius Baţu
Past membersFlorian Pittiș

Pasărea Colibri (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈpasəre̯a koliˈbri], "The Hummingbird") is a Romanian folk supergroup. Aside from typical Romanian folk instruments and acoustic/electric guitars, the band also made use of digital and analogue synthesizers, pedal steel guitars, and fretless bass.

The band formed in 1992 while Mircea Baniciu, who had left the group Transsylvania Phoenix after conflicts with leader Nicu Covaci, was performing in Râmnicu Vâlcea. At the end of Baniciu's set, actor Florian Pittiş and folk musician Mircea Vintila, together with Compact keyboardist Vlady Cnejevici, joined him for an improvised performance after which Pittiş announced the project was to be named Pasărea Colibri, as a reference to Baniciu's on and off collaboration with Transsylvania Phoenix. The four musicians started performing together and released their first album, În căutarea cuibului pierdut (Seeking the Lost Nest) in 1995. A live album containing no new work, as most of the songs the group performed were covers of Transsylvania Phoenix's old hits or Baniciu and Vintila's own compositions, it catapulted the group to superstardom in Romania making them widely popular as Pasărea Colibri. Florian Pittiş left the group in 2001 to focus on other personal projects, such as Radio3Net, and to work for football club Rapid București of which he was longtime fan. Folk songwriter Marius Baţu replaced him in the group and Pasărea Colibri released one more album before disbanding in 2003. Pittiş died in 2007.

As of 2009, the remaining members are on good terms and still perform together occasionally under the "Pasărea Colibri" name. Cnejevici also worked extensively with Baniciu on various other projects, such as producing his 2009 "Best-Of" album and performing with him live in concerts throughout Romania.

On 25 November 2011, Pasărea Colibri released an anniversary album named entitled "19 ani" (19 years). On this occasion, Mircea Baniciu and Mircea Vintilă held a concert at Sala Palatului with a band consisting of Vlady Cnejevici, Teo Boar, Cristi Iorga, and Marian Mihăilescu.[1]


  • "În căutarea cuibului pierdut" – "Finding the lost nest" (1995);
  • "Ciripituri" – "Peeps" (1996);
  • "Cântece de Bivuac" – "Bivouac songs" (1999);
  • "Încă 2000 de ani" – "Another 2000 years" (2002);
  • "10 ani" – "10 years" (2003) (Best-Of Live Album);
  • "Sunt tânăr, Doamnă..." (Compilation, 2008)
  • "19 ani" – "19 years" (2011).


  1. ^ "Pasărea Colibri va lansa un nou album la concertul de vineri, de la Sala Palatului" (in Romanian). Mediafax. 2011-11-24.

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