Virgil Mihaiu

Virgil Mihaiu (b. 1951, Cluj, Romania) is a writer, jazz critic, diplomat, jazz aesthetics professor, polyglot, current director of the Romanian Cultural Institute Lisbon, and minister counselor with the Romanian Embassy of Portugal. He is a member of the Down Boat, Steaua, and Jazz Forum editorial boards. Author of fifteen books (poetry, essays, monographs), Mihaiu is also a jazz-poetry performer and author of radio and TV programs, art films, and music collages for theater/dance performances. He has won prizes and awards in Romania, Poland, and Portugal.

  •    March 2011
    Dumitru Belinschi / keyboards & piano; Marius Gagiu / flute & percussion; Mario Florescu / drums & percussion; Virgil Mihaiu / poetry & percussion This audio sample is recorded fragments from Mihaiu and his jazz-poetry outfit (for the occasion, named JAZZOGRAPHIC /SHABAH) performing at the last World Exhibition of the 20th century, held in Lisbon in 1998. Because of the context,...
  •    March 2011
    Virgil Mihaiu/text & Alan Tomlinson/trombone   A historical document from the beginnings of the JAZZOGRAPHICS, here in their embryonic nucleus: Virgil Mihaiu/text & Alan Tomlinson/trombone. This was recorded during their interview granted to BBC Scotland, after a performance in Edinburgh / Winter of 1994. In the Autumn of 1995, JAZZOGRAPHICS would return to Scotland's capital-city to pe...
  •    March 2011
    the bossa novasof the'60saccompanied bythe vaguely irregularvaguely neuroticrim shotsof the stickclicking horizontallyon the snare drumfrom the perspectiveof the 21st century –a sort of clockworktick-tockfinely and discreetly dissolvedin a time of finesseand discretiondissolved in a memoryflaring phosphorescentin the closingchordsof cantabile poetriesof legible melodies Translations from the Roma...
  •    March 2011
    womanif you had nothing but jazzwhat would you choosefor the child in your wombto listen tobefore the spring of milk starts to flow? only bill evansplaying glass beadson a keyboardof ice crystals and sugar? only the frenetic clowningof dizzy gillespiepuffing out his jowls behind the trumpetlike a princeturned into a bullfrog? only thelonious monkcrossing a tightropewith a piano on his back? only...