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Eddie Jak Neumann

Eddie Neumann was born in communist Romania at a time when jazz was almost banned. He first came into contact with jazz when Dave Brubeck came to Moscow in 1987. 11 years later, he recorded the first live jazz CD ever to be published in Romania (Changes, 1998) along with the Jazz Unit band. The resulting sexted received the Jazz Album of the Year award from the Romanian Union of Composers in 2000 for their album From Now On. Eddie is the mastermind behind the revered Romanian nu-jazz band Blazzaj, for which he wrote music and lyrics. After a short stint in West London, where he played jazz, klezmer and world music with several bands and produced his own electronic music called Electric Vulcans, he relocated to Romania, where he continues touring and recording with various ensembles crossing the jazz and ethnic music realms.

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JazzTM Festival 2017

Read "JazzTM Festival 2017" reviewed by Nedici Dragoslav

Mentioned in documents as early as the 11th century and definitely existent in the 13th century, Timişoara is the heart of the Banat--a beautiful and rich Romanian region that has had its share of glory, beauty and hardship. Dan Diaconu, Deputy Mayor of Timisoara Municipality said, “Since its beginning, jazz was defined as a ...

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Garana Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Garana Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Nedici Dragoslav

All About Jazz's Nenad Georgievski wrote this about the 2017 Garana Jazz Festival... “Running from the 6-9th of July, the 21st edition of the Garana Jazz Festival saw the jazz world descend on its location near the Garana village, high in the Semenic Mountains of Romania. Obviously, the artistic credibility and the creative energy ...

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Smida Jazz Festival 2017 in Romania

Read "Smida Jazz Festival 2017 in Romania" reviewed by Nedici Dragoslav

The second edition of the Smida Jazz Festival took place in the middle of Apuseni Natural Park in the tiny Romanian town of Smida. The town itself consists of a couple of houses which meant festival goers had to pitch tents or sleep in their cars. The festival ran from August 25th to the 27th and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Garana Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Garana Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Garana Jazz Festival Garana, Romania July 6-9, 2017 Running from the 6-9th of July, the 21st edition of the Garana Jazz Festival saw the jazz world descend on its location near the Garana village, high in the Semenic Mountains of Romania. Obviously, the artistic credibility and the creative energy were ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Fanfare Ciocarlia: Onwards To Mars!

Read "Onwards To Mars!" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Onwards To Mars! is the twentieth anniversary release from the big Balkan brass band that is Fanfare Ciocărlia. One of the finest live acts on Earth, the band's energy, musicality and sheer unfettered sense of fun readily translate to record, making this album one of the most uplifting and cheerful collections one could wish to hear. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazz in Church Festival 2015

Read "Jazz in Church Festival 2015" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Jazz in Church Festival Bucharest, Romania Lutheran Church April 16-19, 2015 The Jazz in Church Festival reaffirmed its call of unconventionality by bringing together artists of most diversified styles and orientations. A subtly assorted lineup consolidated the nascent tradition of open dialog and transgender interplay set forth three years ago. ...

7Dreams: The Story of a Country, a Friendship and a Sound

Read "7Dreams: The Story of a Country, a Friendship and a Sound" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of the things that is great about the digital age is how easy it is to get access to music from different parts of the world. Pluralism is the keyword. Jazz is not just one thing and each country has its specific take on the jazz tradition. However, sometimes jazz musicians of a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazz at Bran Castle 2014

Read "Jazz at Bran Castle 2014" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Bran Castle Bran Jazz Festival Bran, Romania August 29-September 1, 2014 The castle located in the heights of the Transylvanian Carpathian Mountains known as the dwelling place of the legendary Count Dracula has hosted the second edition of a jazz festival that ushered in a new type of record: the ...

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Mircea Tiberian: The Natural Force of Music

Read "Mircea Tiberian: The Natural Force of Music" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Pianist Mircea Tiberian is an emblematic figure of Romanian jazz, with a prodigious musical and academic career. He plays an influential role in the jazz scene and as author of many theoretical studies and essays, fosters its development on the theoretical level as well. Along his 40 year career Tiberian has played with top ranking Romanian ...


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