IORDACHE


Mihai Iordache with his grandfather Ion Iordache and his father Constantin Iordache in 1981.



Saxophonist Mihai Iordache was born in 1967 in Bucharest, Romania. He began playing saxophone in the early 90's, having been fascinated with sound since childhood. (For example, he had invented the tape loop at 13, unaware that it had already been done). His first influences were Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz and Ornette Coleman.


His first break was playing a solo on a song by rock group Timpuri Noi. Afterwards he played with other jazz and rock musicians and bands throughout the 90's, including pianist Harry Tavitian - with whom he recorded two albums, Axis Mundi and Balcaz - pianist Lucian Ban - before his departure for New York - guitarist Sorin Romanescu, bassist Vlaicu Golcea, trombonist Tom Smith and singer Marta Hristea, notably on the live album "11" by East Village Open Formula.


Since 2003 he has been leading his own band, Iordache, initially inspired by the Sun Ra Arkestra. He also took "Iordache" as a stage name, to create confusion. The band has recorded four studio albums: Friday - featuring Tom Smith (2003), Dissipatin'(2005, One Life Left (2012)and Garden Beast (2014). The last two have been released by Iordache's own label, Fiver House Records.


Iordache has played in most Romanian clubs and festivals, notably at Stufstock, Jazz and More, Green Hours International Jazz Fest and Garana Jazz Fest, and in a few other countries, including Hungary (with guitarist Eichinger Tibor as a guest), Belgium (with Eugene Chadbourne), Luxembourg and Israel. In 2012 Iordache opened for the Jack DeJohnette Group at Sala Radio (Radio Hall) in Bucharest.


Iordache describes his music as free funk, where compositions and improvisations are governed by the rules of chance.


The current line-up includes Iordache on saxophones and flute, Sebastian Burneci on trumpet, trombonist Florian Radu, guitarist Dan Alex Mitrofan, keyboardist Toni Kuhn, bassist Utu Pascu and drummer Tavi Scurtu.


Iordache also plays saxophone, flute and tambourine with indie rock band Kumm, since 2003.





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