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I am a saxophonist and composer, I write and play new music

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I was born in 1967 in Bucharest, Romania, and began playing saxophone in 1990, under the influence of Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz and Ornette Coleman, whom I tried to imitate.

His first professional gig as a saxophone player was playing a solo on a song by a rock group called Timpuri Noi. Then came a stint with Harry Tavitian's Blues Community. He started a jazz trio in '93, but he wasn't up to the task yet: not enough chops, no authority. Then he started a punk-rock group (...). It was very successful for some years and they recorded some good albums, then split in '99. Meanwhile he also played with pianist Lucian Ban's Jazz Unit, a group which became quite a sensation on the local jazz scene.

After having left ( the punk-rock group)he played with Vlaicu Golcea's Rebop Factory then started transcribing big band music for ear training. One of the most difficult things he had chosen were written by Sun Ra so he sought up some of his other records and also read his biography by John Szwed. Out of this came the idea of a band called “Outer Space Seven”, a septet dedicated to Sun Ra's music. After two concerts, the Seven had turned into Five.

Around 2001 after an event which changed some of his ideas about life iordache started writing his own music. At first it was performed alongside the Sun Ra material by the Outer Space Five (with Sorin Romanescu on guitar, Vlaicu Golcea on bass....and whatever drummer they could find). Then as the new tunes were replacing the old playlist he met Tom Smith, an outstanding trombone player and big band director who had come to Bucharest as a Fullbright scholar to create and rehearse a big band within the Academy of Music. The concerts where Tom Smith played as a guest with Outer Space Five (then with “iordache”... the name was changed to get more gigs and capitalize on the remains of his brief rock career) were, according to iordache, the only real jazz lessons he ever had. Then he rehearsed briefly with the big band, shortly before it disbanded. His first album( “friday - featuring Tom Smith”) has been released by A&A records. His second one “dissipatin'” was released in 2005. A third album called “hesitations” ( a live recording) is homemade and he only sells it at his concerts and online. In 2012 he released his album “One Life Left”, produced by his own record label, Fiver House Records.

Since 2003 he is the saxophonist of rock band Kumm, from Cluj.

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