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EXPERIMENTAL QUINTET

Eclectic Prog • Romania


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Back in 1970s, those of us living in Bucharest, all working as journalists, had heard about some students from the Conservatory in Cluj playing in a band in a unique formation ? Experimental Quartet, a band that won quite a number of prizes at student music festivals. At that point, I hadn't had the chance to listen to their music. A work colleague of mine who used to send me recordings from Radio Cluj sent me a piece played by those guys and I was electrified. I started a national crusade promoting them; their song ?Memories from the future? stayed for 54 weeks in the most influential top at that time in Saptamana Magazine and also on the Radio. Despite being a mysterious band, I managed to invite them to Saptamana Gala in 1974, where I introduced them together with Aurel Gherghel. I think those were their golden years ? with Jenu Tunaru on keyboard, Vali Farcas on guitar (the two of them also being the song writers), Nicky Bucaciuc on bass, Puiu Delioran on drums, then Gigi Marcovici on flute. Their track ?Flowers? came out on the ?Pop Bands vol.1? vinyl (the text on the cover was written by my brother Octavian). They changed their name to Experimental Quintet or just Q, only to find out a little bit later, not without sadness, that they stopped playing. I was glad when then reformed in '77, naming themselves Q2 and I saw them again at the Club A '79 Festival, Farcas alone remaining from the old members, the most insistent player who in the meantime had become a well-known performer of academic guitar music. Those were glorious years for progressive rock with EL&P, YES, King Crimson, Wakeman. The Cluj experiments, with their beautifully mixed jazz and classical elements easily met those standards and even topped them. They scattered to the four winds, and it seemed that all trace of their existence disappeared in the same way as with so many Romanian bands. There were just a few radio recordings with Experimental Q, although later on as many as 12 recordings appeared on the Internet (where from, I wonder?), but the band had published no official record, so the mystery remained. Eventually, the ?Swedish? Nicola Bocaciu had the strength and perseverance to gather his former band mates, with the exception of Gigi Marcovici who seemed to vanish from the face of the Earth, and they put together a live concert at Big Mamou. Their ambitions seemed to resurface with the help of young Dominic Csergo (replacing Puiu Delioran, who passed away) and here they are com...read more

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Atlantis
2012

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