DUMItRIO performs their latest album, Proverbe (2017)
(proverbs), an entrancing mix of narrative-intuitive
compositions and spontaneous improvisations. Band
leader and composer George Dumitriu has steered the
trio in a new musical direction by including elements of
oral and musical Romanian folklore in their repertoire.
Inspired by the idea of origins, Proverbe is built around
traditional Romanian wisdom, illustrated by four Romanian
proverbs spoken by Mama-mare, the composer’s
grandmother. Her voice recording played back in loops
inspired DUMItRIO to improvise with irregular metres and
dynamics. The violin, viola, and cello add a unique and
creative dimension to the trio’s experimental sound.
George Dumitriu is a Romanian guitarist, violist and violinist living in Amsterdam. He has won more than 15 national and international prizes as a classical violinist, and in 2011 he was a finalist in the Brussels Jazz Orchestra International Contest. George has performed internationally with a variety of ensembles, including the Romanian Jazz Collective and the Alex Simu Quintet. Dumitriu is a founding member of the I/O music-theatre platform, and he often experiments with improvisation in his music. In addition to leading DUMItRIO, with whom he has released two albums, the most recent being Proverbe, he has recorded a CD featuring the New York saxophonist Dick Oatts.
George Dumitriu: guitar, viola, violin / Mattia Magatelli: double bass, electric bass / Kristĳan Krajncan: percussion, cello
Lucian Ban (°1969, Cluj-Napoca) is an American jazz
pianist of Romanian origin.
Romanian expat pianist and composer Lucian Ban and
American master violist Mat Maneri (°1969) present
a radical re-imagining of George Enesco’s magnum
opera Oedipe. More than 80 years after its premiere in
Paris, the two musicians, renowned for their work at the
intersection of jazz, improvisation and chamber music,
will present their take on the opera, Oedipe Redux, which
features an international cast of jazz iconoclasts such as
Ambrose Akinmusire, phenomenal singers Jen Shyu and
Theo Bleckmann, bassist John Hebert, master drummer
Nasheet Waits and French clarinet virtuoso Louis Sclavis.
Enescu’s monumental opera Oedipe is rarely performed today. In his discussion of the work, Lucian Ban says: “Its profound synthesis of ancient and modern, late romanticism and sheer individualism on the part of its composer, is unparalleled I think among 20th century operas.” This is why Ban and Maneri, after working on some of Enescu’s instrumental pieces, decided to bring their unique approach to Oedipe.
Mat Maneri: viola, arrangements/ Lucian Ban: piano, arrangements/ Louis Sclavis: clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone/ Ralph Alessi: trumpet/ Theo Bleckmann: vocals/ Jen Shyu: vocals/ John Hébert: double bass/ Tom Rainey: drums, percussion