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Tuesday Evening Season
It was the third Tuesday Evening Season concert that she gave after making her debut in 2009, when the much regretted clarinettist Alin Constanțiu was a member of the band. Irina Sârbu dedicated her last night recital to him. A well-chosen repertoire which included easy listening songs and post-war romances as well as songs from the Golden Age of Jazz belonging to Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Fats Waller and others and also works from the idyllic scenery of Brazil written by composer Carlos Antonio Jobim.
Irina Sârbu was accompanied by three exceptional jazz musicians who have been the leaders of the same number of generations, namely, pianist Puiu Pascu, double bassist Ciprian Parghel and percussionist Tudor Parghel.
The concert showed the high professional level of the performers and featured many moments of musical improvisation shared by the three instrument players, all complemented by the formidable stage presence of the soloist. I noticed, besides her warm and well-trained voice, the experience and good artistic taste in holding a type of concert that is rarely organised in Romania.
Translated by Raluca Mizdrea and Stela Cucu
MTTLC, Bucharest University