|Birth name||Gheorghe Tudor|
August 1, 1945 |
|Genres||Folk, Romanian peasant music, Romanian popular music, lăutărească, spoken word, classical|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, actor, poet|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, cobza|
|Labels||Electrecord, Illuminati, Cat Music|
|Associated acts||Marin Sorescu, Nichita Stănescu, Adrian Păunescu, Romulus Vulpescu, Mircea Micu, Marius Hristescu|
Tudor Gheorghe (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈtudor ˈɡe̯orɡe]; born August 1, 1945) is a Romanian musician, actor, and poet known primarily for his politically charged musical career and his collaborations with well-known figures of late 20th-century Romanian poetry. Tudor's recording work is often associated with anti communist activism and has received much critical acclaim during the years. The son of an Iron Guard member, he was banned from performing and recording in 1981 by communist authorities after using Ion Luca Caragiale's poetry as a fig leaf for criticizing Nicolae Ceaușescu's regime in a series of concerts.
Tudor started out as an actor, graduating from the Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest in 1966 and later started composing music as a means of expressing his interest in Romanian poetry. His first concert in 1969 was critically and commercially acclaimed and established him as a figure of the fledgling contemporary folk scene in Romania. His recording career, spanning fifty years, has explored many traditions in Romanian music, from folk, religious music, the anti-communist anthems of Jean Moscopol to popular music of interwar Romania, at times embracing even children's or classical music. For most of his career, he has performed with a guitar or cobza with no backing musicians or vocalists but, starting in the early 2000s, he has incorporated orchestras, choirs, and tarafs into his performances. He returned to the stage in 1992 but, dissatisfied with the way promoters wanted to market his music, took another six year break from performing live. He has been touring constantly since 1998 and has recorded most of his concerts, releasing them as albums and generally avoiding studio work.
Throughout his career, Tudor Gheorghe has been praised as a performer and songwriter by a number of Romanian literary figures. The poet and playwright Marin Sorescu addressed his personal relationship with Tudor in 1988 by saying that "Every time I listen to his music...Tudor Gheorghe reinforces my hunch that Romanian poetry... can move mountains", while Adrian Păunescu described him as "a great poet who negletcs his talent". The University of Craiova and the Constantin Brâncuși University of Târgu Jiu have awarded him doctor honoris causa titles for his contributions to Romanian music and culture and both Romania and the Republic of Moldova have decorated him with the Order of the Star of Romania and The Republic's Order, respectively.
|1975||Cîntece De Dragoste, De Țară||Electrecord|
|1976||Veniți, Privighetoarea Cîntă||Electrecord|
Starting in the late 90s, Tudor Gheorghe has performed almost exclusively in live concerts, recording and releasing them as albums.
|2000||Mie-mi Pasă!||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2001||Primăvara Simfonic||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2001||Toamna Simfonic||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2002||Petrecerea cu Taraf||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2002||Pe-un Franc Poet||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2003||Iarna Simfonic||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2004||Diligența cu Păpusi||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2005||Răsuri și Trandafiri||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2006||Trimite Vorbă - Petrecerea cu Taraf 2||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2006||Cu Iisus în Celulă||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2006||În Căutarea Dorului Pierdut||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2006||Vara Simfonic||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2007||Calvarul Unei Inime Pribegi||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2007||Cand Dumnezeu Era Mai Jos - Petrecerea cu Taraf 3||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2007||Parfumele Nebunelor Dorinți||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2013||Mahalaua Mon Amour||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2013||La Margine de Imperii||Illuminati/Cat Music|
|2013||Chemarea Păsarii de Acasă||Illuminati/Cat Music|
- Todorova, Maria; Gille, Zsuzsa (2010-06-01). Post-Communist Nostalgia. Berghahn Books. pp. 167–. ISBN 978-1-84545-671-9. Retrieved 26 May 2011.