ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
CĂTĂLIN MILEA | ALBERT TAJTI | RĂZVAN COJANU| IULIAN NICOLAU (RO) | GARBIS DEDEIAN (RO)
One of Romania’s most creative and active sax players, Cătălin Milea is known for his versatility in the musical genres he approaches (jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, rock, electro), and for his diverse collaborations (Carlo de Rosa, Eric Revis, Urma, Big Band Radio, the National Radio Orchestra, Dick Oatts). The recipient of numerous international awards, Cătălin Milea has been applauded both for his quality as a multi-instrument performer, as well as for being a composer. The sax player is the founder of the Imagination Orchestra ensemble, of Romanian Jazz Collective group, he initiated Romania’s first jazz magazine, Jazz Compas, and currently holds numerous improvement workshops for musicians.
Albert Tajti started studying piano at 7 and then, guided by Mircea Tiberian, he acquired an education in jazz music at the National University of Music in Bucharest. After winning the Grand Prize for the Best Jazz Band at Târgu Mureş International Student Festival, he was invited to play on the stage of many festivals in Bucharest and Budapest, where he performed with names such as Luiza Zan, Ana Cristina Leonte, Teodora Spînu, Nicolas Simion, Cristian Soleanu, Mihai Iordache, Sorin Romanescu, Alex Man, Gyárfás István, or alongside the Bucharest Jazz Orchestra.
Răzvan Cojanu was admitted at the National University of Music Bucharest in 2003, and in two year time became one of the most demanded jazz bassists in the country, collaborating with Cristian Soleanu, Nicolas Simion, Rick Condit, Tom Smith, Alan Jones, Alex Harding. He came to the fore on the stages of Romanian and international festivals – Jazz Fest Wien, Beijing Jazz Festival, Sibiu Jazz Festival, George Enescu Festival – and in the most prestigious foreign clubs in the field – Pizza Express Jazz Club, Vortex Jazz Club in London and Porgy & Bess from Vienna.
Young percussionist Iulian Nicolau studied violin and piano at the George Enescu National Music College, and is currently attending the “Classic Percussion” section at the National University of Music in Bucharest. As part of Viorica Pintilie Quartet, he received the “Special Jury Prize” at Sibiu Jazz Festival in 2016. Iulian has collaborated with notable artists from the local and international jazz scene, such as Nicolas Simion, Mircea Tiberian, Cătălin Milea, Alex Man, Marius Vernescu, Emil Bizga, Candice Hoys, Cedric Henriot.
Named “The Young Lion” of the saxophone in Romania by the international magazine Jazz Forum, Garbis Dedeian made his debut in 1977, at 18 years old, playing in the Bucharest jazz clubs of the time, such as Mihai Eminescu club and Ateneul Tineretului. Two years later he performed for the first time at Sibiu Jazz Festival, alongside the Big Band of Bucharest University Center. In 1981 he came back on the same stage with Jazz Club 303 band. His second prize obtained at the Sibiu Jazz Festival in 1982 braught national recognition to saxophonist Garbis Dedeian, thus starting his collaboration with Vilmani band, and his recordings for radio, TV and Electrecord alongside Alexandru Andrieș, Mihai Stepan and Metropol.