From David Byrne to Philip Glass
We were having fun at a Balkanik festival that took place in summer in Bucharest, and Balanescu performed, together with his quartet, his own compositions based on the work of the famous Romanian singer Maria Tanase. In 2005, he released an album called ''Maria T'', on Mute Records, where Alexander and his quartet adapted songs from the archive of the beloved singer. 100 years had past since the birth of Maria Tanase and also 50 years since her death.
Alexander Balanescu has been on stage long enough to gain so much experience that can intimidate (almost) any honest musician from all over the world. He worked with famous English composer Michael Nyman and toured with his Ensemble around the world, for 15 years. He collaborated, amongst others, with John Lurie, David Byrne, Keith Tippett, Carla Bley, Rabih Abou Khalil, recorded with Spiritualized and also recorded and toured with Pet Shop Boys. He even had a tour in the UK with one of the most important composers in minimalism, Philip Glass.
I wait until the end of his concert and I am going straight to him. I've asked him previously about an interview and he suggested we do it after the show. We're sitting on a bench on a terrace; the weather is nice and the beer is cold.