Hi, I'm new to this site, and for years was a Senior Fulbright Professor of Music in Romania. I was wondering if ECM still searched for the unique and underheard projects as before, or are they justifiably more preoccupied with occasional efforts from standard bearers, and their rich vault of unreleased material?
I inquire because there is so much remarkable ECM styled Bucharest music, often labeled jazz, just waiting to be heard by a larger audience. Artists like Mircea Tiberian and Vlaicu Golcea (just to name two) have dozens of homemade recodings that are of a world standard. It would seem that all ECM would have to do is accept their masters as is, and see if there was a market. I would bet that Golcea alone releases upwards of a half dozen recordings a year.
I've always believed it unfortunate that so much of the Bucharest music remains anonymous. Some of it is as good as anything out there.