Lucian Ban is an illustrious member of my generation.
We came-of-age during the university years (1988-1993) spent in the heart of Transylvania, in the city of Cluj.
Cluj is now the home of the best film festival in Eastern Europe, TIFF (pun intended, Torontonians!): Transylvania International Film Festival.
But at the time, there was less film and a lot of top-notch jazz. Lucian Ban is a product of the jazz scene in Cluj in early 1990s.
I lost track of his career as I lost track of most Romanian artists when I moved to Canada in 200o.
Luckily, Lucian moved to New York in 1999 and started building a career around his talent.
His latest project will be presented on 17 February 2012 at the Glenn Gould Studio in downtown Toronto!
Enesco Re-Imagined …
… is about translating into jazz the music of Romanian genius violonist, composer and overall 20th-century musician GEORGE ENESCU. (1881 – 1955)
Enescu (spelled Enesco for the Western audience) is buried in the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris.
Alongside pianist Ban is bassist John Herbert, sharing the credits on arranging Enesco’s music for jazz, and a bunch of hot NYC musicians.
This concert should be on your agenda for the mere fact that a hot NYC pianist is playing the superb piano at the Glenn Gould Studio, not to mention the above reasons. See you there!
TICKETS ARE $20 ($5 for students with ID) – ticket info here.