International Journalist writing for American and Romanian entertainment and culture magazines
I am Romanian, living alternatively in Germany (Heidelberg) and Ciclova Montana, a village in the Romanian Carpathians.
In my position as Executive Editor of the American entertainment magazine No Strings Attached E-News I was in charge of the of the Art and Literature, and of Europe Reloaded, a section I have created in 2007, which contains mainly Europe based material on literature, music and art.
I am permanent contributor of Orizont, the magazine of the Romanian Writers' Association, I sign the column "Sentimental Chronicle" where I publish interviews, book and music reviews, artist portraits and essays. I also write for jazz.ro the Romanian jazz site and numerous other culture magazines.
In 2007 my interview with the Romanina visual Artist Valeriu Sepi was awarded with the The Best Interview of the Year.
"Die Geschichte Unserer Tage" (The Story of Our Days) is the German edition of a book of interviews with exiled Romanian artists, I have published in Romania in 2009 and has been launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2010.
in February 2010 I have grounded, together with friends artists, ArtCiclova, an international cultural association which encourages and promotes talent, art and the humanities, and initiates local integrative projects for children.
Cronica Sentimentala - A Sentimental Chonicle - (Romanian is not that difficult is it?:) was published in 2012 Romania and was recently nominated for the category The Best Book of the Year. The book is being translated into German and English.
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because of its quality to set me afloat on realms of dreaming.
I was first exposed to jazz at the age of 16 being associated with the jazz movement in Romania and the club administration and management in Timisoara, my hometown. My first musical encounter were in the area of what we call today classical jazz: Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Parker, Miles Davies, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk.
I met Nils Petter Molvaer, Avishai Cohen, Stian Westerhus, Tord Gustavsen, Sidsel Endresen, Trilok Gurtu, Mathias Eich, Thomas Stronen, and Alexander Balanescu
The best show I ever attended was Nils Petter Molvaer, Stian Westerhus, Erland Dahlen, Baboon Moon in Wuerzburg, Germany
The first jazz record I bought was Miles David, SIESTA
My advice to new listeners: Listen to the the Masters first!
Improvisation frees the spirit and unites the hearts. Jazz is freedom!