Edi Jak Neumann (saxophone), Quentin Collins (trumpet), Mats Gustaffson (doublebass) si Peter Perfido (percution) are getting together in Romania between 22nd and 26th of October 2015 for 3 performances in Sibiu, Bucuresti and Tulcea. This campaign raises €6000 for the production and distribution of tour's music DVD.
Edi Jak Neumann Quartet will perform at the Sibiu jazz festival on 23rd of October. The festival covers part of the overall expenses. We need your support for the rest. In exchange, we present to you three concerts and a DVD with our music.
We need to cover the realization of the concerts in Bucharest and Tulcea, of DVD material and its distribution.
Jak DC, aka Eduard Jak Neumann, was born on November 20, 1974 in Tulcea, Romania in a family that cultivates music and literature and was involved in local artistic activities since childhood, thus receiving an unlimited ticket to opt out formal education, which he did not abuse though, just enough to say, as Mark Twain, whom he read assiduously, that he didn’t let school interfere with education, and in 1993 chose to begin the study of social sciences in Timisoara in order to continue the line of informal artistic events, where he composed the songs of what would become his most famous project of the twentieth century, Blazzaj, a word he invented in an effort to reformulate the availability of art in commercial acts, concern kept even in its most avant-garde moments, alongside Diogene Bihoi’s Thespis Theater, which forced him to leave the university, and expanded in 1997 to the Green Hours cafe in Bucharest, formerly the favorite retreat of the first offspring of the dictator, where independent theater baked its birth and where he became house musician every Thursday and not only, with the Jazz Unit group, which he briefly led to Chisinau as saxophonist Eddie Neumann, in 2001, the year in which he moved sharply to the UK with his first love, a blonde doctor with whom he roamed the land of Shakespeare and Francis Bacon for five years, with little interruption to obtain a degree in political science which will never be used, but which forced him to study Orwell’s Animal Farm in Willingdon, East Sussex, where the Day Release Encyclopaedia group was born, the most acclaimed music of the Greenhouse Effect in Hove, which preceded the Electric Vulcans, long and nostalgic electronic version of Alienation Doina, a feeling that worsened in the first half of 2008 after an emotional crisis that forced him to engage in his first and only day job, in London, as a white van courier, automobile he brought back to Romania, disappointed by the benefits of capitalism and its hefty fines, and continued vagrancy until 2009 when he presented regular domicile in the city of Bucharest, having had a brief touch with George Enescu Conservatory academic life, (NUMB-National University of Music Bucharest), where he managed, with the help of a man and a bee, to demonstrate the improvising potential of folklore. Music Activity: Funkin Le Free with Barbu Florin, 1994-1998, Golem Quartet 1995-1997, modern jazz with Victor Miclăuş Dinu Simon and Cristi Belei, 1998-2003 Blazzaj group – social conceptual funk, Jazz Unit 1997-2001 with Lucian Ban and Golcea Vlaicu, Baumann modern jazz quartet 1999-2000 with Scurtu Tavi and Toni Kuhn, Orient Express 1999, folk avant-garde jazz with Hari Tavitian presented at Smithsonian Folklife Fest 1999 and World Expo Hannover 2000, AG Weinberger Transylvanian Avenue blues tour 2000, Eddie Neumann ‘s Day Release Encyclopaedia of Brighton 2005, Electric Vulcans from 2005 at Notting Hill Arts Centre London 2007, Eddie Neumann quintet with Spike Wells, Quentin Collins and David Whitford at ICR London 2007, Colombo Niro with special guest Matt Darrio at Misto Fest Timisoara 2008, live at the Kiscelli Museum with the No Compromise project of David Yengibarian, Curtainbust 2009 in the conclusion of the Sibiu jazz Festival in 2010, four preludes to Todesfuge with Mircea Tiberian, Chris Dahlgren, Albrecht Maurer and Luiza Zan commemorating the death of the poet Paul Celan at the Romanian Writers’ Union in 2009, Azza 2008-2009 gipsy punk, ZNE 2008-2009 Fairic fusion, Edy & The Plastix 2011, Bega Canal in the backyard in January 2012, electroacustic Jak April 2012, Mats Gustaffson quintet August 2012, Jak DC 2013
"A Trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach." MOJO Magazine. For over a decade, Quentin Collins has established himself as one of Europe's top up-and-coming Jazz/Commercial trumpeters, having worked with a plethora of internationally reknowned artists across many genres. In the commercial sphere some of the artists Quentin has played & recorded with include Basement Jaxx (touring 1999-2001 and recording on releases such as 'Do Your Thing'), Craig David (Touring 2007-2009), Beverley Knight (touring 2007, including supporting + performing with Prince at O2 Arena), Girl's Aloud ('Out Of Control' 35-date arena tour + DVD 2009), Alicia Keys, Boy George, Tinie Tempah, Mark Ronson, Omar, Prince, Leona Lewis, US3, Hamish Stuart, Eric Robeson, Frank McComb, Englebert Humperdink (World Tour 2011), Terri Walker, Noah & The Whale, Duffy, Jeff Beck, Lulu, Roy Ayers, 4Hero, Carleen Anderson, Lemar, Braund Reynolds, Jocelyn Brown, Natalie Williams, Noel McKoy, Paloma Faith, Steve Howe & SunlightSquare. Among the jazz musician's he has worked with are Tony Kofi, Jean Toussaint, Joel Frahm, Jason Rebello, Gregory Porter, Will Vinson, Roy Hargrove, Fred Wesley, Liane Carroll, Gwyneth Herbert, Kyle Eastwood, Phil Robson, Ingrid Laubrook, Troy Miller, Andrew McCormack, Jim Hart, Renato DAeillo, Andrea Pozza, Mulatu Astatke, Cleveland Watkiss, Nick Vayenas, Jonathan Gee, Mark Lockheart, Mornington Lockett, Dennis Rollins, Tim Garland, Norma Winstone & Ray Gelato to name but a few.
Swedish bass player and composer Mats Gustafsson has been studying jazz and contemporary music in Stockholm and Bucharest. He was featured in the Jak DC concert at the first Alba Iulia jazz festival in 2012. His own group called 3 Meter Musikk released its album in the spring of 2015. Mats is mostly oriented within the modern jazz spectra and also composes for dance, short films and chamber ensembles.
Peter Perfido's career has spanned 4 decades and 4 continents. He started playing the drums in the early 60's at 8 years of age. Mostly self-taught, he became immersed in the British "wave" of Rock. Primary influences were The Beatles, Who, Kinks, Animals. By the mid 70's he discovered Jazz and Improvised music, starting a lifelong passion of discovery in new forms of expression. He performed throughout Eastern & Western USA and Canada, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Algeria, Turkey as well as Russia, Romania, Hungary and all over Western Europe. A brief sample of some of the great musicians he's worked with: Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Gary Peacock, Art Lande, Anthony Braxton, Tomasz Stanko, Lou Bennett, Ed Schuller, Bob Degen, Heinz Sauer, Jack Gregg, Kent Carter, Lonnie Plaxico, Stephen Haynes, Jimmy Woode, Rasul Siddik, David Friedman, Michele Hendricks, Kris Adams, Julian Priester and the list goes on.
Group's presence is guaranteed at the Sibiu Jazz Festival. The risks regarding the transport are not higher than normal.
One fine body…