Romania 100: Songs of Love And Longing is the newest project from Romanian born, Dublin residing vocalist, Aleka. The project, proudly supported by IMC, coincides with the centenary of the unification of Romania and will feature imaginative reworkings of folk and popular songs that span the history of Romania's past 100 years. The concert features the leading lights of Dublin's new generation of jazz musicians with Chris Guilfoyle on guitar, bassist Barry Donohue and the dual drum talents of Matthew Jacobson and Brendan Doherty. This promises to be a unique and special night not only in the Dublin jazz calendar but also for the wider Romanian community based in Dublin.
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Aleka is a Romanian vocalist, cellist, composer and lyricist who draws influence from her home country, using folk melodies interspersed with jazz harmony and eastern rhythms as well as Debussy and Bella Bartok, inspired by her experience in the classical music world. Aleka released her debut EP in November 2016, receiving a 4 star review in The Irish Times.
The approach of the band may seem like it adheres to the traditional sentiments of a vocal jazz quartet however, it is influenced by a broad spectrum of styles from the roots of jazz to the contemporary reaches of pop music.
Aleka's voice is a myriad of textures and sonorities. She spent time exploring bell canto technique as well as the nuances and colours of oriental music and soul. All of these influences and styles culminate in a refined vocal sound that is very personal. Aleka released her debut EP in November 2016, receiving a 4 star review in The Irish Times.
“Hip cosmopolitan sounds... have a borderless, trans-national flavour, liberally spiced with bossa nova, downtown jazz, outlier pop, art rock and free improv”– The Irish Times