DUMItRIO

Mattia Magatelli – contrabass, el.bass

George Dumitriu – guitar, violin, viola

Kristijan Krajnčan – drums, cello

“..generates a captivating atmosphere, informed by Romanian folk music and buttressed by the readings of native proverbs and unstructured improvisations.” – All About Jazz (Karl Ackermann)

Proverbe, the sophomore album of DUMItRIO, creates an entrancing ambiance with Romanian flavours, supported by narrative-intuitive compositions and spontaneous improvisations. Band leader and composer George Dumitriu, steered the trio into new musical directions by cultivating in their repertoire elements of oral and musical Romanian folklore. Offering insights into traditional Romanian wisdom, the structure of the new album is built on four Romanian proverbs spoken by Mama-mare (the composer’s grandmother).  The recording of her voice was played back in a loops which inspired DUMItRIO’s improvisations with their natural irregular metrics and dynamics.
The sublime addition of violin, viola and cello fashions a new dimension to the sound of the guitar trio.

DUMItRIO Proverbe

Listen to the title track of DUMItRIO’s debut record Future Nostalgia


Having met in the North of Netherlands and immediately identifying their intuitive connection, three European musicians gathered forces to explore a vast musical territory. The foundation is jazz – but the architecture is made of classical, post-rock, minimal, electro and folklore music.

Spontaneous improvisations and extreme dynamics are some of their strongest features, as well as surprising addition of violin and violoncello. Leader of the band, Romanian guitarist George Dumitriu is the main provider of compositions, but without the lyrical music of Magatelli, nor the polyrhythms and complex structures used by the Monk Competition semifinalist Krajnčan, the trio wouldn’t feel complete. Their first album “Future Nostalgia” was released in 2013 and received international praise for its unique approach and musicality.