Nicolas Simion – Sorin Romanescu Duo pay a tribute to the Romanian jazzman Johnny Răducanu in the concertTribute to Johnny, in June 30th at midnight, and the songs of Johnny Raducanu will be reinterpreted by the two musicians.
NICOLAS SIMION was born near Brașov, Romania in 1959. He received an early musical education at the secondary school in Brașov and became a professional clarinetist, saxophone player and conductor during his studies at the conservatory in Bucarest. Though trained in classical music he developed an interest in Jazz early on and founded his first band Opus 4 in the 1980s. After performing at a concert in Warsaw in 1988 he decided not to return to communist Romania. Via Hungary he fled to Vienna where he worked as a freelance artist and for the first time played with professional Jazz
musicians such as Christian Muthspiel, Ed Schuller and Jamey Haddad.
SORIN ROMANESCU is currently one of the main jazz guitar players. However, his music personality is not limited to jazz and improvisation. At first, he studied classic guitar, he was a bass player in the band Sarmalele Reci (he recorded the debut album “Țara te vrea prost”), he collaborated with contemporary dance choreographers (Florin Fieroiu, Vava Ștefănescu, Eduard Gabia, Andreea Novac, Mihai Mihalcea), he held contemporary music concerts in national and international festivals, and for several years, he’s been a permanent collaborator of the singer and songwriter Alexandru Andrieș. He trained as a jazz musician in the improvisation class of pianist Marius Popp and later on he established himself on the jazz scene in the quartet of saxophone player Garbis Dedeian.
His activity as improviser has been constant, since the 90’s, through live and studio projects. Composer and producer, his name is related to musical productions for advertising campaigns, documentaries or art films. For the soundtrack of the documentary “Afacerea Tănase’’, he was nominated for the Gopo Award, and for the art film “Câini”, he received the Gopo Award for best original music. He is a collaborator or co-author in music projects amounting to over 20 albums.