On January 15, on the occasion of Romanian Culture Day, ICR Berlin presents the concert of traditional songs reinterpreted by Oana Catalina Chitu (vocals) and Dejan Jovanovic (accordion), in the Zig Zag jazz club in Berlin. On the occasion of this concert, the two performers will present a Romanian music programme, that mostly includes “doine”, traditional songs of various regions of the country, as well as songs from the legendary repertoire of Maria Tanase.
The chosen location, the Zig Zag club is a well-known address in Berlin for jazz, blues and world music enthusiasts.
Oana Catalina Chitu studied piano, jazz and canto. Moved to Berlin after 1990, the artist founded the Balkan traditional band Romenca, besides Serbian accordionist Dejan Jovanovic. Oana Catalina Chitu became a well-known name of the international music scene, breaking through in 2009 with her album “Bucharest Tango”, produced by the German record label Asphalt Tango. On this album, Oana Chitu performs Romanian tangos of the interwar period in an innovative reorchestration, combined with elements of folklore and jazz. In the year 2013, she launched the new album “Divine”, dedicated this time to the repertoire of the famous singer Maria Tanase. Oana Catalina Chitu’s arrangements are original, bearing jazz, sinti, swing and flamenco influences, yet loyal to the traditional fund.
Dejan Jovanovic was born in Obrenovac ( Serbia), in a family of Serbians. Since childhood, music was the determinant element in his everyday life. Thus, at the young age of nine, he was already playing the accordion.
His attendance to various music contests – where he always won the first prize – also started while he was a child. In the year 1999, Dejan Jovanovic moved to Berlin, where he studied classical accordion and piano at the “Hans Eisler” Music Academy.
He performed numerous performances besides various bands in Berlin and in the year 2000 he founded, besides Oana Chitu, the band Romenca. Then, they initiated projects such as “Bucharest Tango”, performing Romanian tangos of Bucharest in the 20s and 30s or “Divine”, a project dedicated to the legendary Maria Tanase, followed in 2008 by a series of European tours besides Oana Catalina Chitu.