Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu

Balkan Passion and a Velvety Voice

It's all about passion and building bridges. The Balkans is home to many different peoples, each with its own highly dynamic past and present. Over the years, amid this cultural landscape, a form of music evolved that brims with rhythm and draws inspiration from multiple sources. The Romanian singer Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu and the Serbian accordion player Dejan Jovanovic were raised in this rich tradition. As a perfectly tuned duo, their repertoire includes Romanian tangos, Roma songs and the oeuvre of Romanian diva Maria Tănase. Chiţu's velvety and voluminous voice seduces listeners in fashionable bars and at rustic peasant weddings. The contrast between the often melancholic tangos and the always exuberant dances is quite stark, but Chiţu handles each transition with pure charm. In addition to their work as a duo, Chiţu and Jovanovic also perform with an ensemble consisting of three to eight members representing a mix of ethnic heritages similar to Bucharest between the two world wars. Their most outstanding work includes collaborations with the Moldavian Cimbalom virtuoso Valeriu Caşcaval and the Argentinean pianist Alejandra Tamburo, with whom they build musical bridges between Bucharest, Berlin and Buenos Aires.
Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu has been singing since she was a little girl growing up in Humulești in northeast Rumania. She studied jazz vocal performance and classical singing in Berlin, where she has lived since 1990.


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Songlines Magazine
“…Chiţu brings these songs alive with an excellent ensemble of violin, accordion, sax, guitar, cimbalom and bass. The songs are nostalgic and romantic and given a dark, Oriental tone by Chiţu’s chiaroscuro alto voice and the way she draws out the introduction to ‘Aseară Ti-am Luat Basma’ surrounded by filigree cimbalom flourishes is gorgeous.

Evening Standard
“A sense of longing pervades this music. With performances like these, Maria Tanase might win that wider recognition, as should Oana Catalina Chitu in her own right.”

Südwest Presse
„Was für eine Ausstrahlung. Wie sie dasteht, sehr aufrecht, sehr ruhig und doch vibrierend von einer inneren Spannung - man spürt es sofort: Diese Frau ist ganz bei sich.“

Radio Bremen
„...Bei solch stilsicherer Interpretation der oft beklagten Vergänglichkeit allen Lebens lässt sich diese doch ganz gut ertragen.“



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