ALEX SIMU QUINTET
Alex Simu – clarinets (Romania)
Franz von Chossy – piano (Germany)
George Dumitriu – viola/guitar (Romania)
Mattia Magatelli – bass (Italy)
Kristijan Krajnčan – cello/drums (Slovenia)
“Alex Simu Quintet: Echoes of Bucharest” – a reflection of the present, a fragrance of the past and a glance into the future of a city with a rich multicultural legacy.
The concept behind the compositions is a natural reflection of Alex Simu’s experience with his hometown, expressed through the lens of his emotional and historical ties.
All the various influences that have carved the cultural identity of Bucharest over time come to life as melodies, rhythmic themes, and motifs. Complementing the original compositions, thematic fragments of classical pieces by George Enescu and Dimitrie Cantemir have been specially arranged to harmonize with the contemporary language of jazz and free improvisation.