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Tuesday Evening Season - 29th October, 2013

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 , ora 9.18
After the recital on 2nd April, 2013, given in the Small Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum, Irina Sârbu returns to the Tuesday Evening Season with a concert solely dedicated to jazz lovers. A spectacular journey into the world of Romanian folklore through improvisation - a means that is specific to jazz - was what Irina Sârbu proposed, alongside partners Adrian Naidin and Ciprian Parghel. 'Romanian Jazz' was the title of the concert given by the three musicians, who played well-known songs, such as 'Călușarii', 'The Skylark' or 'Paparuda', and songs by Grigoraș Dinicu or Constantin Dimitrescu, reworked in a new combination - voice, cello and double bass. They called themselves TRI and after the difficult, yet beautiful recital, they told their story enthusiastically:

'Once upon a time there was a girl with an extraordinary voice, who wanted to sing a few songs and, unable to do so without a double bass and a cello, she found the two beautiful madmen… so we ended up playing a few reworked traditional Romanian songs to "tickle" the ear and drive people mad with emotion… and to "tickle" our souls, because everything is based on improvisation, glee, spontaneity and… the energy that we've had from the beginning… this is how we found each other, we, "Tri"…'

In 90 minutes Irina Sârbu and her partners, Adrian Naidin and Ciprian Parghel, gave voice to Romanian folk music with or without words, proving that one can improvise in infinite ways, by using all the vocal and instrumental means they had at their command:

'It is very important to give direction to jazz, which is, to my view, boring at times, we wanted to give depth to it, a more subtle, more elegant and more profound way of feeling, a bit of tears and a bit of laughter - "tears and laughter" are the two extremes of our people. We take what is more beautiful about our people and we try to use them on stage in a wonderful way… This improvisation will not repeat itself, everything is unique, we will have another concert with a different improvisation, a different energy and… we're waiting for you.'

A unique, unconventional and unrepeatable concert given on 29th October, 2013, by the TRI group - Irina Sârbu (voice), Adrian Naidin (cello) and Ciprian Parghel (double bass) - reinterpreting Romanian folklore in a personal way, with humour, enthusiasm, ability and emotion. And the artists' passion was rewarded fittingly by an audience of jazz lovers.

Jeanine Costache
Translated by Irina Bortoi and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, The University of Bucharest