The Sound of Now – Alex Simu & George Dumitriu

Music is the instrument. The world is the stage. Life is our score.

A new collaboration between clarinetist & composer Alex Simu and violist, guitarist & composer George Dumitriu, which strives on delivering an instant perspective of music with a strong dosage of improvisation. Gentle rhythms, bass clarinet lines, viola textures, supported by sparse guitar chords, all embellished with electronica and a touch of ancient eastern folklore.

The two Amsterdam-based musicians, skilled in poly-instrumental playing as well as live electronics, have worked together for more than 15 years. A cinematic panorama comes from a thorough experience in soundtrack composition for an array of internationally acclaimed films.

Alex Simu – tenor clarinet, bass clarinet, electronics
George Dumitriu – viola, guitar, laptop electronics

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Alex Simu is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer. Active on the jazz and world music scene, Alex has played and toured professionally in 39 countries over 5 continents with important figures from the field, and gained an outstanding position as composer within the international film industry. Since 2015, Alex is the clarinet teacher and head of the jazz and world music departments of the Codarts Conservatory of Rotterdam. He is active in the field of organology and clarinet synthesis, has innovated the tenor clarinet, as well as brought into contemporary use the alto clarinet, clarinet d’amour, and the bass clarinet d’amour.
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George Dumitriu is a poly-instrumentalist performer and composer, internationally active in the fields of jazz, improvised music, contemporary classical and music theatre. He is known for his mastery on viola, violin, and guitar performed with the enrichment of live electronics. Following a professional exploration which brought him from Bucharest to Groningen, Amsterdam, and New York, George Dumitriu built a vast international career characterised by collaborations on renowned projects, and has shared the stage with some of the most important figures in the field. Since 2014, George Dumitriu is guest guitar teacher at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, and viola teacher at the Prins Claus Conservatorium Groningen.