ARTS & LEISURE

Parties and concerts

Grimus @ Wings Club

Grimus is the name of the rock-alternative Romanian band from Cluj-Napoca formed in 2005, which has spread its wings abroad. Their first song “Solitude” has sent them high up in tops, as well as “In a Glimpse”, being played both at Insomnia Radio UK and at a local radio station in Brussels where it got the first place in the charts. Grimus has played the opening for Sophie Ellis Baxtor’s concert in Bucharest. Grimus found their luck on Myspace, the virtual social place where Adam Whittake, the producer of Amy Winehouse discovered them. The band won a prize at the “Global Battle of Bands” competition in England in 2007 and also received a bronze trophy for “The Best New Romanian Band” after playing in Cameden Underworld.

Date: Saturday, January 15

Venue: Wings Club

Address: 127 Mihai Eminescu Blvd.

Indie Invasion

On Saturday, at 10 pm, Ladydust, as Leo’s special guest DJ, will kick the party started in Club Control. Ladydust is the avatar used by Marina Tsigonaki (Greece). So far she has appeared as a guest DJ in a long list of clubs in Greece and elsewhere – from London to Bucharest -, as well as on the stage of the greatest festivals in Greece. She can be heard every Friday, on a Greek radio station, where she hosts her own show, “Planet Ladydust”. The defining trait of her playlists is a “cross-national affinity” for the present indie rock’n’roll and hard rock scene, as well as high quality musical genres – 60’s, garbage, punk. On Saturday, Ladydust will make an appearance in Control as a DJ, although the Greek public is used to seeing her in various other hypostases: on the catwalk, as a model, in fashion pictorials, in ads, films and videos.

Date: Saturday, January 15

Venue: Control Club

Address: 19 Academiei Str.

Zum @ Tago Mago

The Romanian jazz project ZUM is a special mixture of world music and pop, a combination of ethno sound and modern rhythms. “Jazzy” improvisations are interwoven with melodic sweeps, creating a fresh and funky sound. ZUM was created in 1996 by Radu Draganescu (keys, percussion) and was originally more closely associated to the world music dimension. Collaborations initiated throughout its existence with various instrumentalists “warmed up” its sound, infusing it with the glow and liveliness peculiar to acoustic instruments.

Thus, the group’s formula extended, from sax, guitar and percussion all the way to a formula including, at a certain point, a string quartet. Lately, the band has collaborated closely with the Cuban-born trumpeter Harvis Cuni Padron, who brings to the musical discourse a breath of the Caribbean, warming the mood with electrifying solos. As for the soloist Anca Petcu, her voice transports us to exotic realms, wrapping us in swirls of Brazilian or Indian fragrances, or feels like a breath of fresh air.

Date: Saturday. January 15

Venue: Tago Mago

Address: 23 A Nicolae Balcescu Blvd.

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