Iordache

Iordache was born in 1967 in Bucharest, Romania, and began playing saxophone in 1990. His first influences were Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz and Ornette Coleman.

In the early 90's he played with Harry Tavitian's Blues Community.

Between '96 and '99 he played with pianist Lucian Ban's Jazz Unit, then with bassist Vlaicu Golcea's Rebop Factory. In '99 he was asked to play alto with Orient Express, a 9-piece band led by pianist Harry Tavitian and recorded the album “Axis Mundi”.

After discovering Sun Ra and reading his biography by John Szwed, he started a band called “Outer Space Seven”, a septet dedicated to Sun Ra's music. After two concerts, it had turned into “Outer Space Five”, for obvious reasons.

Around 2001 after an event which changed some of his ideas about life he started writing his own music. At first it was performed alongside the Sun Ra material by the Outer Space Five (with Sorin Romanescu on guitar, Vlaicu Golcea on bass... and various drummers). Then as the new tunes were replacing the old playlist he changed the band name to Iordache and met Tom Smith, an outstanding trombone player and big band director who had come to Bucharest as a Fullbright scholar to create and rehearse a big band within the Academy of Music. Later he invited Mr. Smith to join his band for club gigs and jazz festivals.

His first two official albums - “Friday - featuring Tom Smith” and “Dissipatin' “ have been released by A&A Records. The subsequent three albums, “One Life Left”, “Garden Beast” and “Two Hours In June” - featuring baritone saxophone great Alex Harding - have been released by his own label, Fiver House Records. He describes his music as free funk, where compositions and improvisations are governed by the rules of chance.

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The three horns, and sometimes flute, combine with the electronic guitars and keyboards to create instrumental textures that work perfectly with the music they play. Drawing upon elements of cool jazz, nu jazz, exotica and lounge funk, Iordache’s tone colors can sound like Herbie’s “Speak Like a Child”, Jagga Jazzist, Snarky Puppy, Henry Mancini, Gil Evans or Dolphy's “Hot Cool and Latin”. “One Life Left” is new cool jazz for the 21st, with lots of odd quirky eccentricities to boot.

Some album highlights include “Peace” with its classic mid-90s trip-hop down tempo beat and lush vibratoed chords on the electric piano, and “Suriname” which opens with smooth horn orchestrations backing an exotic synth melody that recalls the old Don Ellis experimental big band

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

Bucharest

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

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Discography

Organic Natural

Organic Natural

Fiver House Records
2017

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Iordache Meets Alex Harding - Two Hours In June

Iordache Meets Alex...

Fiver House Records
2016

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Garden Beast

Garden Beast

Fiver House Records
2013

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One Life Left

One Life Left

Fiver House Records
2012

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Dissipatin'

Dissipatin'

A&A Records
2005

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I Wanna See Your Funk

I Wanna See Your Funk

Iordache
Organic Natural

So Many Nights I've Been Waiting

So Many Nights I've Been Waiting

Iordache
Organic Natural

Spider's Diner

Spider's Diner

Iordache
Iordache Meets Alex Harding -...

Garden Beast

Garden Beast

Iordache
Garden Beast

I Guess It's Love

I Guess It's Love

Iordache
One Life Left

Peace

Peace

Iordache
One Life Left

Triangle

Triangle

Iordache
One Life Left

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