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Maria Raducanu

Maria Raducanu

Maria Raducanu


Maria RADUCANU was born on the 3rd of November 1967, in Husi, Vaslui County, Romania. She doesn't like cv-s and they don't like her either. Given the general confusion of ethical and cultural values of the contemporary world, she thinks it as being a measure of minimal protection (of the fragile step into Art) the rather skeptical attitude regarding labellings, "recommendations", "prize awarding festivals". She considers herself a "simple" singer or, even better, A MOURNER OF THE BYZANTINE RITE. Read more on Last.fm
Maria RADUCANU was born on the 3rd of November 1967, in Husi, Vaslui County, Romania. She doesn't like cv-s and they don't like her either. Given the general confusion of ethical and cultural values of the contemporary world, she thinks it as being a measure of minimal protection (of the fragile step into Art) the rather skeptical attitude regarding labellings, "recommendations", "prize awarding festivals". She considers herself a "simple" singer or, even better, A MOURNER OF THE BYZANTINE RITE. An autodidact. She studied the violin and the guitar. And the French Literature at the A.

I. Cuza University from Iasi and at the University of Bucharest. At the same time, between the 1984-1993, Maria Raducanu participated at all the major youth festivals in the country, as a songwriter and interpreter of jazzy-music. She was awarder the highest prize distinctions, welcomed by the public and praised by the press. After a 7 years break, starting with January 2000, Maria appeared again in the club and festival life of Bucharest and of the country, imposing herself as an artistic presence of first range (as far as one can talk about recognition when one isn't creating a music of market-place.) Last years brought her impressive achievements: 7 single albums, among which 2 (PE VALE and LUMINI) nominated at the Civic Society Festivities by the Union of Composers and Musicologists from Romania as "The best jazz discographic creations of the year", as well as tours in Romania and abroad (the US, France, Germany, Great Britain, Portugal, Albania, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Italy, etc.) Maria Raducanu appeared as a guest on the albums VIATA LUMII (with MIRCEA TIBERIAN TRIO) and MARGENTO (a project coordinated by the poet Chris Tanasescu). She collaborated with the majority of the jazz musicians from Romania (Johnny Raducanu, Mircea Tiberian, Vlaicu Golcea, Sorin Romanescu, Pedro Negrescu, Sorin Terinte, Mihai Iordache, Eugen Nichiteanu, etc) and with personalities of the western jazz (among whom the Germans Maurice de Martin, Jan Roder and Michael Griener, the Americans Chris Dahlgren, Ben Alarbanel-Wolff and Travis DiRuzza, the French Siegfried Kessler and Malo Vallois, the Swedish Krister Jonsson) She created a project of "songs" in duo with the classic guitarist Maxim Belciug. In 2005 she toured Great Britain with the MARGENTO project (poetry performance/action painting/psychedelic sounds/vocal improvisations) participating at the Fringe Festival Buxton where they were awarded the prize for the BEST AVANTGARDE show. Maria Raducanu is an artist hard to be stylistically categorized. Being a classic nonconformist, at her every appearance, she provokes the public to sincerity, openness and to breaking the cliches. Maria RADUCANU doesn't sing for snobs, although her music is subtle and refined. Sitting cross-legged on a small street in Paris or standing on the stage of some Philarmonic, her singing gives life to the same creed as Dostoievsky's, that THE BEAUTY WILL SAVE THE WORLD. Discography: PE VALE - 2002, La Strada Music, with Vlaicu Golcea (bass) and Sorin Romanescu (guitar) COLINDE - 2002, La Strada Music, with V.

Golcea and S. Romanescu LUMINI - 2003, La Strada Music, in duo with Micrea Tiberian (piano) LA TARARA - 2005, Arbore Sonor, in duo with Maxim Belciug (classic guitar) TROIKA - 2005, Arbore Sonor, in duo with M.Belciug CANTECE DIN RASARIT/CHANTS DU LEVANT - 2005, INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE BUCAREST, in duo with Jan Roder (double-bass) PURE MUSIC - 2008, THE END FILM, in duo with Krister Jonsson (guitar) PRESS QUOTES "(...) Maria Raducanu's voice has certainly been blessed with a rare gift. (...) The casual manner she adopts in approaching the inner nature of the song, the elegance she shows in its smallest details, the delicacy she reveals in touching the words, cleaning them of dust and residues, the nonchalant rhythm in which she swings her song - all communicate a floating feeling that only the voice of the chosen ones prove.(...)" Matei FLORIAN, "On Spirits and Gift", DILEMA VECHE, 2005 ............................................................................................................................................................. "(...) For many, Maria Raducanu's pesonality is no longer a secret, being one of the most popular jazz singers. (...) Although she launched her first CD quite late, at present she has 7 CDs, most of them in collaboration with foreign artists (France, Germany, US), but also with Romanian ones.

Those who have listened to her have identified the marks of Maria Raducanu's music with the avoidance of cliches, mannerism and commercial. The present CD "CANTECE DIN RASARIT" (...) is meant not to promote the folklore, but rather - thanks to Jan Roder, a foreign musician who is not familiar with the styllistically Romanian "patterns" - to REDISCOVER the forgotten archaic enclosed in it. Maria Raducanu and Jan Roder count on plainness and quintessence. Music and voice have a force that Maria Raducanu brings back from an archaic ILLO TEMPORE, with ritual inflexions, and under the subsidiary urge to look within ourselves and discover us to be the blessed inhabitants of an universal Levant rather than the ones of the recent Balkan Kitsch.

(...)" Ioan CRISTESCU, "Maria Raducanu and the IMMEMORIAL MUSIC", FINANCIAL NEWSPAPER, july 2005 .............................................................................................................................................................. "(...) The Romanian singer might compete on an equal footing with the present jazz individual voices in the world, in which the monopoly held by English has been diluted to the benefit of more and more varied linguistic sonorities. She has interpreted Romanian, Portugues and Aromanian songs, mastering the semantic nuances and the whole sonorous spectrum of the voice. Maria Raducanu has the inborn and unmistakable gift of the great singers, such as Maria Tanase or Amalia Rodrigues, expressed in the creative manner specific to the jazz.(...)" Virgil MIHAIU, STEAUA magazine, 2007 Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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