In less than two years of activity Orient Express played concerts and festivals in all major cities of Romania, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington (June 1999) and the World Exhibition - Expo 2000 - in Hannover (August 2000). About this last event the press wrote:
…nine musicians from Romania combine tradition and modernity in a very explosive mixture… (Ulrike Strauch - Expo Journal / Aug 19, 2000)
About Black Sea Orchestra, jazz critic Virgil Mihaiu wrote: … I have never seen a jazz concert in Lisbon, with such a strong and enthusiastic public reaction, with standing ovations, such as the one provoked by the East European musicians of the Black Sea Orchestra… (Curentul / Apr 5, 2000)
Harry Tavitian's first two records (Horizons/1985, LR 124 and Transylvanian Suite/1986, LR 132) are released on Leo Records, London.
…Leo, the small English label that distributes jazz from Eastern Europe, has come up with another winner