17 Feb 2012: Lucian Ban brings Enescu’s music to Toronto jazz fans. And a bunch of hot NYC musicians along the way.

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.

Many Canadian jazz fans will be introduced to the music of Romanian genius George Enesco

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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.

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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!

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TICKETS ARE $20 ($5 for students with ID) – ticket info here.

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