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Biography

TEODORA BRODY(ENACHE)

Teodora Brody, known as Teodora Enache in Romania, is a crossover artist whose career spans over two decades. She now lives in Germany.

Trained in classical jazz, Teodora idolized Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis. She then became a pioneer of the ethno-jazz genre in Romania, singing the Romanian Doina on the world’s greatest jazz stages. For more than two decades she  has brought together musicians from all over the world to sing their roots, be they Romanian, Jewish ,Bulgarian, African. Together they discover that, regardless of where we come from, we all share a single root.  Teodora has brought DOINA – a Romanian traditional genre on the jazz stage,becoming one of the initiators of ethno jazz in Romania

Teodora performs alongside well-known jazz musicians such as: Benny Rietveld, Stanley Jordan, Theodosii Spassov, Lars Danielsson, Les Paul, Curtis Fuller, Eric Legnini, Phillippe Duchemin, Guido Manusardi, Daniele di Bonaventura, Ion Baciu, Al Copley, and “Mr. Jazz of Romania” himself, as Johnny Raducanu was dubbed by the British critic Leonard Feather.

For the past few years Teodora has been working on her vocal technique, reaching an amazing vocal range of almost 5 octaves.  She  enters the realm of classical music, discovering Bela Bartok, George Enescu, Beethoven, Pachelbel and Vivaldi, giving a completely new and original vocal interpretation to the music composed by these masters.

And thus, Teodora Brody becomes a classical – jazz crossover artist, approaching classical opuses in a completely original manner, transitioning very easily from the classical to the jazz emission, to the ethnic phrasing. Her inborn talent, which is backed by a tremendous study of every note she sings, offers her the chance to easily slide from an air by Bach to an African song to a jazz theme.

And this is the very core of her credo: unity through diversity, which she promote in her every concert.  “We are one, regardless of our stories, anxieties and passions, of our linguistic, geographical or religious differences.”

That’s why, many times, Teodora uses the scat singing technique which allows her to cross any linguistic boundaries. “The lack of words helps me interpret the stories I’m singing about in a different way every time. Scat singing helps me avoid the limitations imposed by words. Music is the Great Alchemist.”

“Classical music is not separated from the rest of the world, it’s an amazing creation that embounds the whole world. If we take a look at our common root that unites us all (whether we are aware of it or not), I don’t find inappropriate putting together Enescu’s Rhapsodies, a Doina and a jazz standard. MUSIC connects people. EMOTION connects people. This is what CLASSICAL EMOTION is about.”- Teodora Enache

“Reinterpreting Enescu’s Rhapsodies and Bela Bartok’s music I find my contour again, I find the Doina. I imagine Enescu as a child, fascinated by his Romanian roots, and at the same time I discover the emotion of gospel music and I rediscover the African incantations. The Romanian Doina… They all lead towards that common universal root that unites us all and makes us better… freer.”- Teodora Enache

The album “Sound of the Root” recorded in February 2019 at the Art of June Studio in Germany is the first album in which Teodora Brody brings together the world of classical music with the world of jazz, becoming thus a crossover artist. This album is a fusion of her Romanian roots with Brazilian, Indian, African and jazz beats, which all find an echo in the classical opuses that she interprets, be they Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsodies or Bela Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances. That’s why this CD becomes a reference point in Teodora’s artistic career.

Teodora Brody is accompanied on this album by Calin Grigoriu, a brilliant guitarist with classical training whose style is also influenced by pop, jazz and blues, and Joca Perpignan, a Brazilian percussionist with jazz and Latin influences.

Teodora’s current project, entitled “From Classical to Jazz”, had its premiere at the George Enescu International Music Festival in Bucharest in September 2019, and it received the “Concert of the Year Prize” at the Jazz Awards Gala the same year. Teodora was also named the “Musician of the Year” at the same Gala. The project, which will continue in 2020, includes classical opuses such as the Moon Sonata by Beethoven, Pachelbel’s Canon, the Romanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok and the Romanian Rhapsodies by George Enescu.

The DVD, which will be entitled “Classical Emotion – From Classical to Jazz,’’ will be launched in the autumn of 2020.

CHAPTER 1 – BEGINNINGS

A graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics of Iasi, Teodora encounters jazz in 1990 which will change her life radically.

In 1990, the year of the fall of communism, Teodora is a mathematics teacher in her first year on the job. When the first jazz club in Romania opens, 600 km from Bucharest, she gets a phone call: won’t you sing tonight? Two hours later she gets on the train, leaving behind what had been her life until then: job, family, the safety of an ordinary life. That night she is already singing on the first jazz stage in Romania.

This is the beginning of her journey as jazz vocalist, and in 1993, inspired by her jazz idol, Ella Fitzgerald, Teodora makes her debut at Sibiu Jazz Festival, Romania.

CHAPTER 2 – FORMATION

She is trained by “Mr. Jazz of Romania” himself, as Johnny Raducanu was dubbed by the British critic Leonard Feather, and becomes the singer of the best jazz group in Romania for 10 years. She performs a repertoire of classical jazz, learning from the experience of the best Romanian musicians. She is devoured by her love of jazz.

“Teodora sings her heart out”, stated her mentor, Johnny Raducanu.

As a result of her collaboration with Johnny Raducanu, in 2005, she releases the first DVD of Romanian jazz in the USA: “Jazz Made in Romania. Two Icons of Jazz – Teodora Enache & Johnny Raducanu”.

CHAPTER 3 – CULTURAL AMBASSADOR OF ROMANIA IN THE USA

Teodora is the first vocalist to bring Romanian blues (Doina) on the jazz scene, becoming a pioneer and ground breaker of ethno-jazz in Romania. Her easy transition from ethno music to jazz begins to shape her personality. This is the moment when Teodora starts to build a bridge between American and Romanian music. She takes on the mission to promote the Romanian Doina worldwide, and sing it on every stage she is invited to perform on.

Her project entitled Back to My Roots is a success, and is followed by an extended European tour (concerts in Geneva, Vienna, Strasbourg, Stockholm, Warsaw and Szeged), as well as an American tour (concerts in New York, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington).

From now on, her projects bring together artists of various ethnicities, making music about their Roots, with the help of jazz as an international music language.

In 2004 the American Government names Teodora ‘Romanian Cultural Ambassador to the USA’.

CHAPTER 4 – INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

She performs alongside well-known jazz musicians such as: Benny Rietveld, Stanley Jordan, Theodosii Spassov, Lars Danielsson, Johnny Răducanu, Les Paul, Curtis Fuller, Eric Legnini, Phillippe Duchemin, Guido Manusardi, Daniele di Bonaventura, Ion Baciu, Al Copley, etc., in many jazz festivals all over the world, at Montreux Jazz Festival, Blues Alley Washington, Jazz Marciac, Library of Congress USA, Lugano Jazz Festival, Bozar Hall, Ateneul Roman, Iridium New York, Corcoran Museum, and many more.

She is the Romanian musician with the most outstanding international collaborations. In 2007 and 2008, Teodora receives the “Excellence Prize for the most important international contribution of a jazz artist” from the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company.

CHAPTER 5 – RE-BIRTH. NEW VISION. COMPOSING

Between 2011 and 2013 Teodora changes her life completely. She is faced with an unexpected illness, with the fear of dying. She decides to take a break from her career, stops all stage performances, and her life is transformed. She engages in spiritual practices, internal alchemy, pranayama techniques, and everything takes a new form. She starts hearing the music of the soul differently, she begins to compose.

Moreover, she works (guided by Dan Priscornic, her vocal teacher) on her vocal technique, unique in the world, based on the chanting techniques of the cantorian monks, on the science of pranayama, by practicing qi-qong and the art of praying and meditating. The voice becomes her most precious instrument through which “music turns into a conscious spiritual path, covering 4 octaves, moving easily from the jazz emission to ethno and classical music, which allows her to tap into more varied sources of inspirations”.

She starts singing about UNITY, about OUR COMMON ROOT: “deeply, we are all as ONE and there, we feel true JOY”.

Then she collaborates with Benny Rietveld, 9-time Grammy winner, former bass player for Miles Davis and currently Carlos Santana’s Bass Player and Musical Director. Together with his quintet, Teodora organizes the “Transfiguration” tour in Romania, at the end of which the album with the same title is recorded in Las Vegas and at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.

“Teodora has a spiritual vision in music.” (Benny Rietveld)

This has been a very prolific period in Teodora’s career. She composes, orchestrates and gives concrete shape to her projects in collaboration with musicians of different nationalities, singing her roots.

Teodora always says: “We all have ONE SINGLE ROOT, and through music we find that common root, which is our source of energy.”

In 2017 she composes music for Kahlil Gibran’s text THE PROPHET, creating the show with the same title, whose music and entire vision bear Teodora’s signature. Her special guest is Oana Pellea, a renowned actress. The music can no longer be attributed to a specific musical genre. It’s Teodora’s music. All that she loves becomes music.

CHAPTER 6 – World Classical premiere

In 2019 her amazing vocal technique allows her to create for the first time in the world vocal versions of the music composed by George Enescu, Bela Bartók, Beethoven, Pachelbel. This is how the project FROM CLASSICAL TO JAZZ is born.

The pilot concert of this project is part of the George Enescu International Festival (the biggest cultural event in Romania), at the Bucharest National Theatre (sold out). The concert is a triumph, the festival public gives a standing ovation to this original creation.

Her concerts turn into moments of transfiguration for the audience. The jazz audience, the audience in love with the classic, with beauty, cheer, cry, stand up. Teodora’s concerts become real events for the public. It is not a simple jazz concert, it is an event… an act of creation.

The classical instrumental opuses are approached vocally, Teodora masterfully combining classical music with jazz and ethno music.

Discography

“Ballad of the Sensitive Plant”, (Alpha Sound Production, Romania), 1997

“X-treme” (in collaboration with Catalin Tarcolea), 1998

“Jazz Behind the Carpathians: Johnny Raducanu Meets Teodora Enache” (Green Records, Romania), 1999

“Meaning of Blue” (iQuest, Romania), 2000

“Jazz Made in Romania” (Mediaround, USA), 2001

“On the Sunny Side of My Street” (A&A Records, Romania), 2001

“Back to My Roots” (Mediaround, SUA), 2002

“Teodora Enache Live, with Rick Condit & Ion Baciu Jr. Trio” (Soft Plus, Romania), 2004

“Radacini – Shorashim” (Soft Records, Romania), 2007

“Swing Me to the Moon” (Soft Records, Romania), 2007

“Inside Stories – Jazz Poems” (TVR Media, Romania), 2006

“A Child Is Born” (E Media, Romania), 2011

“Looking in the Mirror” (E Media, Romania), 2012

“Incantations: Homage to Bela Bartók” (E Media, Romania), 2016

“Transfiguration” (Madman Junkyard, USA), 2016

“The Sound of our ROOT” – forthcoming

“From Classical to jazz” – forthcoming

Awards

In 1993, Teodora is presented with the “Best New Artist Award” at Sibiu Jazz Festival.

In 2005, Teodora and her partner Johnny Raducanu are honoured with the prize for the “Best Short Musical” at the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival in the USA for their project “Jazz Made in Romania. Two Icons of Jazz”.

In 2007 and 2008 Teodora is awarded the prize for the “Best International Jazz Contribution of a Romanian artist”, by the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company.

In 2017 the show “Prophet” is awarded the “Project of the Year Prize” at the Jazz Awards Gala, Romania.

In 2018 and 2019 Teodora received the “Musician of the Year Award” at the Jazz Awards Gala, Romania.

Testimonials

“Teodora’s vocal technique, her vocal range of more than four octaves, remind me of Yma Sumac. It’s a fascinating combination between the vocal emission and phrasing specific to jazz and the vocal emission in ethnic music, backed by an impeccable classical vocal technique. Her interpretation of classical instrumental music is extremely original and full of passion.Famous compositions such as Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsodies, Bela Bratok’s Romanian Folk Dances and Pachelbel’s Canon receive a vocal reinterpretation that brings out emotion and becomes a bridge towards the young generation who discovers with fascination classical music.”- Andrei Enescu – Radio Classic

“When I heard her for the first time, I felt her energy straight into my heart, something only Ella Fitzgerald makes me feel.” (Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records)

“Keep an eye on her! She’s one of a kind!” (Michel Bedin, Journalist at Jazz Hot Magazine)

Teodora is one of the few voices in the whole world that easily goes from the ethnic emission to jazz improvisation, and then to classical music…it’s a very special inborn talent that takes you smoothly from the world of the Romanian Doina to the world of blues, and then to classical music, uniting them in a unique way.” (Sergey Shishov, Bulgarian National Radio)

“Teodora Brody (Enache) loves to sing and convey emotion with the help of her voice! It’s no small thing to see her on her knees, barefoot, with a red light dress, flowy just like her voice, playing with high notes, making the audience vibrate. From the first notes I knew it was going to be an unforgettable show! Because the debut was a mix of Bach and Khalil Gibran! Who would have thought a jazz concert could begin like this? The concert continued with Tagore’s lyrics and a Canon unique in its interpretation, followed by Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata, while the end was dedicated to Enescu!It’s impossible for Teodora’s music not to touch a chord with the audience! It’s impossible to be indifferent to the poetry of her every note, to the knowledge so well hidden behind the emotion and pleasure she exudes on stage! She sings about love, but not just any way! Yes, I believe that’s how the perfect declaration of love should sound like! Teodora Brody( Enache)’s writing is unique as she always keeps in mind that music is valuable and meaningful when it reaches the others, the public

.A one-of-a-kind voice, a mix of sensitivity and emotion without which jazz would have been much poorer. A trained voice, backed by intensive study throughout the years, that doesn’t keep the listeners away from pleasure; on the contrary, it brings the audience closer to what should be the core of every job well done: the origin of everything, the root. The permanent question that Teodora Enache relentlessly asks us is: do you know which is the heart of life?” Nona Rapotan-Bookhub – February 2020

“..and, as she sang, her voice created universes of feelings and galaxies of heartbeats, so many characters that told a story of humanity lost and found. Teodora Brody (Enache) is an accomplished artist who never ceases to create, innovate and combine musical genres gracefully.

With each of her concerts, her voice expands into a new dimension of creativity. For example, she linked jazz to Romanian folklore and to classical music. I could also feel an influence of gospel in her vocal interpretation, a musical genre that is a straight connection between the human and the divine power. Faith gets stronger when music is involved! Teodora Enache’s vision of art is nothing like I’ve witnessed before and am so blessed and grateful to have been to her concerts. Her interpretations are heart-warming and breathtaking while also cutting edge in a career that spans over more than two decades. A few of her songs can be watched on her official channel, but the energy I get from hearing them live is unbeatable and unrepeatable.” Verbs describe us – Judy Florescu – February 2020

 “It’s an amazing, unique combination, which is possible because of Teodora’s impeccable technique but also because of her spiritual vision of music.” (Heinz Hess-musical producer Germany)

“When Teodora walks barefoot on stage – graceful, serene, modest, humble and beautiful like a fairy – an out-of-the-ordinary phenomenon takes place. When she starts singing, your soul vibrates happily, your mind opens widely. You are overwhelmed with joy, and the desire for freedom invades your being.” (Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Ambassador)

“To say that Teodora is an exceptional singer and artist is not enough! This is because Teodora is always a GREAT SHOW, A UNIQUE, TOTAL SHOW, ALWAYS UNPREDICTABLE AND OVERWHELMING!” (Alexandru Sipa, jazz critic and promoter)