Harry Tavitian is …the most interesting contemporary Romanian jazzman. (International Herald Tribune - Oct 19, 1990). Born in Constanta, Romania in 1952, from Armenian parents, Tavitian started classical piano at the age of 6. He graduated The Academy of Music in Bucharest. In 1970 he saw bluesman Memphis Slim live in Brasov, Romania. This was a major influence in his future career. After this event, he started singing and playing the blues and soon he made his first steps in jazz. In 1976 he gave up classical music completely for jazz.
The music of Harry Tavitian is characterized by an openness towards multiple influences and a great capacity of synthesis as well. Tavitian himself says: …We are here in Levant and we are part of the world. We are open to world culture and open to spontaneity… (from the interview HARRY TAVITIAN - A CRY FROM THE BALKANS', by Bruce Granath / JAZZ FORUM 102, nr. 5 - 1986)....
Live At Comburg AbbeyRST Records
Dancin' 'round The Black SeaRST Records
Old Balkan RhapsodyRST Records
Axis MundiRST Records
Transilvanian SuiteRST Records
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