vita

Born in Varna (Bulgaria), into a family of musicians – so at the age of 5, her parents both orchestra musicians, started teaching Alexandrina how to play the violin. After a classical singing education she focused on her jazz singing studies with Harriet Lewis, Karen Edwards and Sandy Patton and took part in the jazz choir of the Munich “Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium”. Quite soon she started singing in various jazz ensembles in Augsburg and Munich and with her own quintet (the Alexandrina Simeon Quintett”), she is a welcome guest to international jazz festivals in Germany, Austria and Bulgaria. But she is not only familiar with jazz – her repertoire also covers classical music, soul, pop, gospel as well as numerous CD productions and various projects with Njamy Sitson, Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Gerd Dudek, Ryan Carniaux, Andrej Bielow and Rhani Krija. Live performances for BR or ZDF (German television) proved that quite impressively. As a solo artist she performed Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concert” and Steve Reich’s “music for 18 musicians”. Her first solo record with the “Alexandrina Simeon Quintett”, starring her own compositions and lyrics, called “roots & influence”, was released in April 2011 by MONS records, whereas her newest record “Ocean Tales” will be available on the 16.-th of March 2018 by UNIT RECORDS – this time with guest artist Benny Brown (trumpet, flugelhorn).

In addition to the concert activities, the charismatic singer is a constant jury judge at the yearly pop singing contest “DISCOVERY” in Varna (Bulgaria), gives vocal workshops and is a lecturer for singing at the charir in musical education and didactic at the catholic university of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and at the university of Augsburg. “Her voice can act powerfull, lose itself in woefulness or cheer sky-high…” (Jazzthing)

 

  • musical / artistic education
    • Classical violin
    • Classical singing (teachers: Marie Schmalhofer and Janet Jaques-Schlossmacher)
    • Studies of jazz singing and private master courses with Sandy Patton, Karen Edwards and Harriet Lewis
    • Member of the jazz choir under the direction of Karen Edwards at the “Richard-Strauss”-conservatory in Munich for 2 years
    • Actress at the Free Theatre Stuttgart, at Schrobenhausen and at the Romanist Theatre of the university of Augsburg
  • current projects
    Alexandrina Simeon QUINTETT (world jazz, bulgarian vocal jazz / Augsburg)
    THE HORNFLAKES (big band / Augsburg)
    WHISPERING GRASS (jazz band / Augsburg)
    Peter Vogel Quintett (jazz, pop and classical music / Lindau)
    VOCALISSIMO (gospels and spirituals / Friedberg and Augsburg)
  • various festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Austria, Bulgaria
  • CDs
    2000 ZeitRaumMusik (Trio Universale)
    2003 No trust in gold (Whispering Grass)
    2004 Queen of Mwarun (Whispering Grass)
    2008 The Influence (Whispering Grass)
    2011 roots & influence (Alexandrina Simeon Quintett) released in april 2011 by MONS Records
    2011 Live (Laheina project)
    2011 Mother Earth (Laheina project)
    2012 big breakes (University Big Band Augsburg)
    2012 jazzclub sounds volume 1 (jazzclub augsburg)
    2012 nice but beautiful (Whispering Grass)
    2016 colours of flight and migration (World-Ensemble: Seref Dalyanoglu, Daniel Mark Eberhard, Öykü Sensöz, Alexandrina Simeon, Njamy Sitson, Yavuz Akalin)
    2017 Wings (Peter Vogel Quintett)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • 2018 OCEAN TALES (Alexandrina Simeon Quintett meets Benny Brown), released in march 2018 by UNIT RECORDS
  • projects / ensembles
    since 1998 lead singer with the big-band THE HORNFLAKES from Augsburg, conducted by Willi Nuszbaum; performances at the Opera Ball in the theatre of Augsburg and other Gala Balls at the congress hall, or the so called Kurhaus-Theatre in Augsburg
    since 2000 Gospel- and Spirituals concerts with the ensemble VOCALISSIMO in Friedberg • since 2002 concerts with the trio PAS DEUX TROIS: Anna Peszko (p / organ), Hannes Hogl (git / bass); concerts in the cafe Mariandl (Munich), the church St. Kapistran in Munich and the protestant church in Tutzing • since 2003 singer with jazz band Whispering Grass from Augsburg: Andi Roßkopf (git), Christian Buss (sax), Oliver Möbius (dr), Janusz Leudemann (b); concerts in the locations called “Striese” and “S´Ensemble-Theater” in Augsburg, Café Sowieso, abraxas in Augsburg, as well as on national jazz festivals
    2004 singer with the show band VEGAS from Munich, concerts at the „Nachtcafé” and the “BMW-Pavillon”; singer with the band Presley Family under the direction of Chris Martin;
    2005 Farewell song for the Munich Olympic Stadium, chanted for Radio Charivari, daily on air from 25.04.-14.05.2005
    2005 – 2009 singer with the jazz band heads up from Augsburg: Jörg Hartl (tr), Christian Wondra / Basti Walcher (p), Basti Philipp (b), Thomas Dessau (dr, voc): jazzy groves, Scandinavian jazz; different performances, like at the “Deutsches Theatre”, the “night club” of the hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich or the hvb Festspiel-Nacht in Munich
    2007 – 2009 own jazz trio named JAZZBOUTIQUE: Christian Wondra (p) und Jürgen Junggeburth (b)): jazz standards; performing at several different events, like at the “piano bar” or the new year party at the Winter garden of the hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich
    2007 – 2009 singer with the jazz band just friends: Christian Wondra (p), Bernhard Funk (b), Tom Steppich (dr, perc.): pop goes jazz; performances at the construction fair in Munich, as well as at the „Striese” in Augsburg
    since 2008 guest singer with the jazz-latin band CUBOPS: Daniel Mark Eberhard (p), Walter Bittner (dr, voc), Josef Holzhauser (git), Helmut Tröndle (perc.), Uli Fiedler (b); concerts at the “Capitol” in Augsburg
    since 2008 singer with the Njamy Sitson Group – concerts in and around Augsburg, on tour with the project Drum & Voice in Switzerland (November 2009)
    since 2010 Alexandrina Simeon QUINTETT: first album (2011) with own compositions and lyrics – “roots & influence” (MONS Records); second album (2018) “OCEAN TALES” / UNIT RECORDS; festivals, like jazz weekend in Regensburg, tollwood in Munich, Varna jazz summer and Bansko jazz fest in Bulgaria, concerts in Hamburg, Braunschweig, Burgwedel, Lüneburg, Nürnberg, Sofia (German Embassy); Daniel Mark Eberhard (p, acc.), Andi Bauer (b), Tom Steppich (dr, perc.) und Stephan Holstein (sax, clar.)                                                                               • since 2013 concerts with Peter Vogel & his quintet (Langenargen/Lindau/Konstanz – all in Germany; Arlberg/Austria); music penned by pianist Peter Vogel, classic-jazz arrangements