Freitag, 29. Oktober 2010


Dear all,

It is our great pleasure to invite you this coming Tues Nov 2nd to the CD RELEASE CONCERT for “ENESCO Re-IMAGINED” !

Come celebrate with us the music of the famed 20th century Romanian composer George Enesco, done “our way” and featuring some of the most creative musicians around.

Thanks for reading and we hope you can come . . .

Sunnyside Records & Romanian Cultural Institute proudly present

“Enesco Re-Imagined” by LUCIAN BAN & JOHN HÉBERT

Nov 2nd @ le Poisson Rouge

Joyce Hammann – violin | Mat Maneri – viola | Andrew Bishop – ten sax | Ralph Alessi – trumpet

Lucian Ban – piano & re-orchestrations | John Hébert – double bass & re-orchestrations

Badal Roy – tabla, perc & voice | Gerald Cleaver – drums

NY TIMES “On their sparkling new album, “Enesco Re-Imagined” (Sunnyside), the pianist Lucian Ban and the bassist John Hébert reinterpret the music of the Romanian composer-violinist George Enesco for an ensemble of contemporary improvisers.”

Jim Macnie, Village Voice “ . . . their interpretations--driven by invention and flecked with both frenzy and repose--give third stream adventuring a good name. . .”

TIME OUT NY “Romanian pianist Lucian Ban, John Hebert and their collaborators have been wringing jazz ballads of melancholic beauty from the cannon of classical composer George Enesco for some years now . . .here they celebrate the release of a new live CD on Sunnyside Records”

VILLAGE VOICE “ Trust us; this kind of night only happens once every three centuries.”


A famous composer, an even more famous violinist, a conductor and pianist George Enesco was one of the most unique musicians of the past 20th century, one whose influence spans both Europe and America and countless musicians and fellow composers. His most renowned pupil, the great violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin calls him “the greatest musician I have ever known” and would often speak, prophetically about the 21th century as “the Century of Enesco ”.

Regarded as one of the few classical geniuses of the past century as a violinist, Enesco’s brilliant work as a composer has been under recognized for decades. He was born in Liveni, Romania in 1881 where he began music studies at age four. Enescu showed promise from an early age studying at the Vienna Conservatoire and later in Paris with Gabriel Faure and Andre Gedalge. By his early twenties, he had made a number of impressive debuts as a violin soloist and composed a number of major works (including his well known Romanian Rhapsodies). Enescu had a long relationship with the United States, visiting yearly from 1923 to 1949. During that span, he conducted a number of major orchestras, performed as a violinist, and taught at a number of American universities (most notably Mannes). By 1930 Enescu was considered one of the most famous musicians of his time, conducting all major orchestras, performing & recording some of the definitive interpretations of Bach violin works (many with Yehudi Menuhin), and collaborating closely with such great musicians of 20th century like Pablo Casals, Jacques Thibaud, David Oistrakh, Edouard Risler and Alfred Cortot. Enescu split his time between Bucharest and Paris but finally left Romania in 1946 to teach in the US (most notably at Harvard, Princeton, and Mannes) after the Communist takeover of the country. He passed away in Paris in 1955.

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