Having met in the north of the Netherlands and identifying their intuitive connection, the three European musicians of DUMItRIO are gathering their forces to explore a vast musical territory. The foundation that they’re building their music on is jazz, but the architecture is made out of elements of classical music, post-rock, alternative, electro, folklore. Spontaneous improvisation and extreme dynamics are some of their most important features. As leader of the band, the Romanian guitarist George Dumitriu is the main provider of compositions, but without shadowing the lyrical music of Italian bassist Mattia Magatelli, nor the compositional use of polyrhythms and complex structures by one of Thelonious Monk Competition 2012 semi-finalist, the Slovenian drummer Kristijan Krajncan.
An important part of the DUMItRIO sound is the very innovative use of live electronics by the guitarist, who combines diverse techniques, such as loops, audio effects and granular synthesis.
The group performed internationally and this year is going to release its first record entitled Future Nostalgia.
George Dumitriu (Romania, 1982) is a guitarist and violinist residing in Amsterdam. He graduated at Bucharest National University of Music and won more than fifteen prizes as a classical violin player in national and international competitions. As a jazz guitarist, he studied in Groningen, New York and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he started exploring the world of live electronics. Co-leading the group Re-bop Unit, he recorded a CD featuring American saxophonist Dick Oatts. In 2007 he joined the European Jazz Academy Big-Band led by Peter Herbolzheimer, performing in Europe and having guests such as Benny Golson and Herb Geller. As one of the four finalists of Brussels Jazz Orchestra International Contest 2011, he had the chance to conduct and compose for one of the most prestigious big bands of the whole world.
Mattia Magatelli, (Italy, 1979) started studying the bass as autodidact. In 2000 he moved to Milan where he attended the Civic Jazz School studying with Enrico Intra and Franco Cerri. There he collaborated with the Guitar Ensemble directed by Franco Cerri (releasing the album Yesterday and Today). In 2004, Mattia recorded with Ivan Segreto the album Porta Vagnu, published by Sony Music. In 2005 he joined Guido Manusardi Trio. In the same year he joined Luca Cacucciolo Trio, recording the album Kind of Illusion (published by Splash Records), and receiving positive reviews from Italian magazines Musica Jazz and JAZZIT. Apart from the musicians mentioned above, he collaborated with Billy Cobham, Alex Sipiagin, Mark Gross, Owen Hart Jr., Carlo Atti, Pietro Tonolo, Sante Palumbo, Tony Arco, Giovanni Giorgi, Luigi Bonafede, Fabrizio Bosso, Roberto Cecchetto, Fabio Morgera, Johnny Falzone, Stefano D’Anna, Gaetano Partipilo, Giovanni Amato, Roberto Tarenzi, Ivan Segreto, Antonio Zambrini, Claudio Filippini, Francesco Bearzatti, Riccardo Luppi, Paolo Birro, Ettore Fioravanti and many more.
Kristijan Krajnčan (Slovenia, 1986) is an award winning drummer, composer, film composer and cellist. His ability to play various musical styles in groups which range from trio to big band gave him the opportunity to work with several internationally acclaimed artists and to perform around the world. Besides leading his own Kristijan Krajnčan Ensemble, he has collaborated with Tarek Yamani Trio, Kaja Draksler Acropolis Quintet, Anton Goudsmit & The Ploctones, Big Band RTV Slovenia, Big Band Stageband, Anneguus Teerhuis Trio, Sri Hanuraga Trio, DUMItRIO, Marzio Scholten Hologram Quintet and Mads Vinding, to name a few. He graduated “summa cum laude” at Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen. He spent half a year in New York studying with John Riley, Richie Morales, Joey Baron and Tyshawn Sorrey. His debut album as a leader was released in June 2012 on Edict Records. It features Ambrose Akinmusire and Jimmy Greene. Besides working on music, he also directed three short art movies. He combined his two lifetime passions by obtaining his Master’s degree in ‘Composing For Film’ at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
George Dumitriu – guitar and electronics
Mattia Magatelli – double bass
Kristijan Krajncan – drums