October 2016: the Romanian pianists month in Toronto

Two exciting Romanian pianists play in Toronto this October!

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LUCIAN BAN with Mat Maneri @ The Jazz Bistro – Tuesday October 18 8:00 pm

TICKETS ARE $20 HERE.

Lucian Ban, the Romanian expat (born in Cluj, Transylvania)  who calls Manhattan home, brings for the first time to Canada his critically acclaimed work “Transylvanian Concert” (ECM 2313, Release date: 10.05.2013)

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It’s a big deal to record an album at ECM (the Munich based label is one of the few remaining that you won’t find on any streaming service; check Lucian’s album series # to understand the limited number of artists with ECM on their resume).

Lucian’s is the first ECM record for a Romanian musician, and is a collaboration (both writing and recording) with Brooklyn based , Grammy nominated violist Mat Maneri.

This is the album that will be performed at The Jazz Bistro (on Victoria Street, close to Dundas Square) in the evening of Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

 

The Jazz Bistro Toronto and ECM proudly present the Canadian premiere concert of the “Transylvanian Concert” duo featuring Romanian expat & NYC based pianist LUCIAN BAN and American Grammy nominated violist MAT MANERI.

The Guardian (UK) noted  Transylvanian Concert’s “own kind of melancholy beauty and wayward exuberance”, The New York Times called it “a lovely and restive new album”, All About Jazz hailed its “moments of unanticipated beauty”,  L.A. Weekly talks about a performance that is “mesmerizing, evocative and sensually explicit” and The Village Voice calls it “is one of those records that whisk you away”. JAZZ WEEKLY talks about “A modern collection of sonatas that erase the lines between jazz and classical, a melding of sounds similar to a modern liturgy”.

Released in 2013 by ECM Records, the Transylvanian Concert album features a program of self-penned ballads, blues, hymns and abstract improvisations, the whole informed by the twin traditions of jazz and European chamber music, and album has won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, including several Best Album of 2013 awards, and has spawned continuous touring ever since.

The Guardian (UK) noted  Transylvanian Concert’s “own kind of melancholy beauty and wayward exuberance”, The New York Times called it “a lovely and restive new album”, All About Jazz hailed its “moments of unanticipated beauty”,  L.A. Weekly talks about a performance that is “mesmerizing, evocative and sensually explicit” and The Village Voice calls it “is one of those records that whisk you away”. JAZZ WEEKLY talks about “A modern collection of sonatas that erase the lines between jazz and classical, a melding of sounds similar to a modern liturgy”.

TEO MILEA & guests @ Betty Oliphant Theatre – Saturday 22 October 7:00PM

TICKETS ARE $33 HERE.

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Source: Gothru Photography & Alina Bugeag via Teo Milea’s Facebook page. Teo Milea playing Koerner Hall on October 1st, 2016, during Culture Days.

 

Teo Milea is celebrating a year since calling Toronto home with a concert at the beautiful Betty Oliphant theatre, home of Canada’s National Ballet School.

There will be guest musicians and new compositions sprinkled in a program that is always magnetic and uplifting.

2016 was a fantastic year for the charismatic Romanian pianist, with concerts in Toronto, Montreal, Romania, and a successful ride in CBC’s Searchlight 2016 competition.

 

Teo Milea is a modern classical pianist and composer who brings dozens of colors to the audience through his music. The energy bursting out of his piano paints souls, fills the emptiness and brings smiles.

In over 25 years of musical activity, he has played with improvisation, until he started to perform his compositions. At present, Teo Milea brings to the audience a creation that successfully combines the specific of two worlds: the classical and the new one, of the 21st century.

After performing all over Europe, Teo Milea has relocated to Toronto, ON. He is looking forward to introducing his works to the new public and prove that music is an international language.

Music is a cure for the soul!

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