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May 25, 2022

Enescu revamped at the Athenaeum

The pianist Lucian Ban, together with the famous jazz contrabassist John Hébert, will offer a concert featuring works by the great George Enescu, in a modern rendition, to take place on September 22, at the Romanian Athenaeum. According to the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), the two musicians “reclaim the musical heritage of George Enescu, in a contemporary, daring rewriting of some of his works, for an extraordinary, iconoclastic ensemble of jazz musicians from New York”. The Romanian-born, New York-based pianist and composer Lucian Ban is considered “one of the most talented and original pianists in the New York of the past ten years”, nominated twice, in 2005 and 2006, for “the Best European Jazz Musician” distinction by the Hans Koller Foundation and the Austrian Ministry of Culture. The artist, who recorded six albums as a soloist for record companies in the United States and Europe, is the leader of the Elevation band, made up of renowned artists. Lucian Ban composed the score for over 20 theatrical, film and ballet productions, as well as for the New York Symphony Orchestra, and, in June 2001, he composed the original music for the Minus Theatre/ Dance Company. His latest pieces were composed as a soundtrack for Saviana Savescu’s “Waxing West” production, performed at the La MaMa Theatre in New York.

One of the most popular contrabassists in New York, John Hébert was twice voted “Rising Star Acoustic Bassist”. He played alongside the late Andrew Hill’s trio and quintet, and was featured on the latter’s latest Blue Note Records album, “Time Lines”, named the 2006 Album of the Year, by the Downbeat music magazine. He collaborated with famous artists, including Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, John Abercrombie, Greg Osby, Kenny Wheeler, David Liebman, Fred Hersch, Paul Motian, Maria Schneider, Jason Moran, Toots Thielemans.

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