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Teodora is the new artistic director of Bucharest Jazz festival

This fall, the city of Bucharest will be filled with the exuberant jazz rhythms, at the 5th edition of Bucharest Jazz Festival, organized by ARCUB – the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Bucharest, that will take place in George Enescu Square, between September 19 to 25. 

The new artistic director of the festival is Teodora Enache, the renowned jazz artist. She agreed on taking over this position, following musician Lucian Ban’s completion of term.

This year’s edition of Bucharest Jazz Festival carries on the tradition of the events that place jazz music in the centre of the Bucharest citizens’ cultural avocations. Thus, besides the 5 evening concerts, during which well-known national and international artists will take the stage, related events will also take place, throughout the entire period of the festival, such as launches and exhibitions having jazz music as central element.

Launched last year, at Lucian Ban’s initiative, the New Jazz Works program goes on to this edition. Its aim is to commission new works of jazz, thus encouraging the Romanian musicians to propose innovative creations, written for a 2 to 10 musician ensemble.

Teodora Enache debuted in jazz in 1993, winning the Grand Prix at the Sibiu International Jazz Festival. Throughout her career, she got the opportunity to perform on the most important national and international stages, all over the world, in Montreal, Budapest, Washington DC, Paris, Vienna, Montreux, Marciac, Milano or Stockholm. Her Back To The Roots project of 2002, very much appreciated, both in Europe and North America, was the stepping-stone that launched her internationally.

In 2004, Teodora was invited to perform in the United States of America, by the American government, through the International Visitors Program, creating, this way, a bridge between the American and Romanian cultures. She became a cultural ambassador, taking the Romanian Doina to the realm of jazz and bringing the jazz rhythms to Romania.

She collaborated with many distinguished world musicians, such as Les Paul, Stanley Jordan, Theodosii Spassov, Guido Manusardi, Johnny Raducanu, Lars Danielsson, or Benny Rietveld, with whom she developed valuable projects: RootsIncantations – Homage to Bela BartokTransfigurations, to name a few, and also, with Johnny Raducanu, the first jazz DVD featuring Romanian musicians made in the USA (2004), awarded with Best Musical Product at the Poppy Jasper Film Festival, in California.