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ALBUME PE CARE LE DISTRIBUIM / ALBUMS WE ARE DISTRIBUTING

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Câteodată, se întâmplă ca unele albume pe care am fi vrut să le scoatem noi să fie deja scoase de alţii. Dar, în câteva cazuri, am avut bucuria de a fi cei care le distribuie în magazinele de la noi!

Este vorba despre minunatul album de debut al fantasticei vocaliste turcoaice Sanem Kalfa, Nehir (ZenneZ Records, 2014), unde aceasta
cântă alături de pianista Kaja Draksler, de chitaristul George Dumitriu, de contrabasistul Mattia Magatelli şi de bateristul Kristijan Krajnčan
şi de discul DUMItRIO – Future Nostalgia, în care George Dumitriu îi întâlneşte din nou pe Mattia Magatelli şi pe Kristijan Krajnčan pentru o excelentă sesiune de jazz experimental contemporan.

(Sanem Kalfa a colaborat şi cu Iordache, înregistrând vocea suavă care expune tema melodiei Magnolia, de pe albumul Garden Beast)


“(…) cert e că acest album beneficiază de un echilibru al afectelor care permite evidenţierea alcătuirii sale meşteşugite.”

despre “Future Nostalgia” pe Jazz de-a dreptu’

Sometimes, there are albums that we wish we had released, but others beat us to it. However, there are a few instances where we had the joy of distributing these albums in Romanian record stores!

We’re talking about Nehir, the wonderful debut album of the fabulous Turkish vocalist Sanem Kalfa (ZenneZ Records, 2014), in which she’s singing alongside pianist Kaja Draksler, guitarist George Dumitriu, bassist Mattia Magatelli and Kristijan Krajnčan on drums, and DUMItRIO’s album Future Nostalgia, where guitarist George Dumitriu meets Mattia Magatelli and Kristijan Krajnčan again for an excellent session of contemporary experimental jazz.

(Sanem Kalfa also collaborated with Iordache, hers is the delicate voice that states the melody for the tune Magnolia, from his album Garden Beast)

IORDACHE – SUITA TITAN

Iordache Suita Titan

 

My latest album, Suita Titan (The Titan Suite), has been my most ambitious project so far.

 

It started in the last months of 2016, when ARCUB – Artist In Residence invited me to present an new original work in their ongoing series of jazz concerts curated by pianist Lucian Ban. I had some sketches of tunes about Titan, my old neighborhood, and the idea of to make a “concept album” around them, like they did in the ’70s, but no definite plan.

My band includes Adi Stoenescu on organ, Dan Mitrofan on guitar, and Tavi Scurtu on drums. Since the tunes required more horns, I invited trumpet player and singer Vlad Simon and tenor saxophonist Daniel Torres (from Spain) to join us. I also asked my friend Florin Dumitrescu, Romania’s greatest lyricist, to write some lyrics for the last tune of the Suite.

To crowdfund the album, I wanted to make a small movie, featuring some of Alex’s concert footage, and the usual plea for money, but, at the last moment, I thought it would be fun to have some of my childhood friends talk about those times. So, I interviewed my first bench mate from elementary school, Cristi Filip, my high school friends Iana Iuhas, Florin Dumitrescu and Gabriel Grigore, and my mother. Another high school friend, Mihaela Dimian, also sent me a small video with her own memories about me. Right from the start, their stories were so interesting that I knew the film was going to get longer than planned. It ended up being a 53-minute long documentary, a bit longer than the album itself.

My daughter, Medicine Madison, who designed the album cover and 12-page booklet, also edited this film and added effects to maintain the same aesthetic she had created with the album artwork.

 

 

During the concert, Vlad Simon’s voice on the last track (În Titan) wasn’t properly recorded due to microphone issues, and he wasn’t available to overdub it in the studio. So, in the end, I overdubbed it myself.

Two weeks before the album release, I asked my daughter if we could make a music video for “În Titan”. The result is an idyllic and surrealistic depiction of my old neighborhood. The music video includes some photographs by my father, concert footage by Alex Domnișoru, some sequences of me dancing, reflected in a pond, filmed by Constantin Măcărescu, and plenty of stock footage. Medicine Madison filmed me while I was singing and dancing, and edited the film, again, matching the album’s aesthetic.

 

 

The album was released on February 14, 2019, more than 2 years after its recording. It was mixed and mastered by Uțu Pascu, one of Romania’s greatest sound engineers and bassists (he played on – and mixed – my first two albums for Fiver House, One Life Left and Garden Beast). The visuals for the release concert were made by Cinty Ionescu, based upon Medicine Madison’s documentary.

 

Iordache - Suita Titan release concert (Photography by Tomo Minoda)
Iordache – Suita Titan release concert (Photography by Tomo Minoda)

 

The album was favorably reviewed by Zoltan Varga, Alive Reports and in the leading Romanian cultural magazine Dilema Veche.

My deepest thanks to all the people involved and everybody who supported the album through their donations, thus making it possible.

 

All the best,

Iordache.

 



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