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7th Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase - Live Streaming!

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

Ten bands and more than forty musicians, participate in a two-day event with original jazz and world music. Despite the latest measures that prevent the physical meeting, the friends of jazz and world music, will be able to "meet" the bands and musicians of the 7th Cyprus Jazz and World Music Showcase online, upcoming Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Below the links for the Live Streaming connection. It should be noted that the connection is free, with the support of Musicera.

Friday 18/12: https://youtu.be/UbX6mJ5VU5c

Saturday 19/12: https://youtu.be/8uwQrJ9QVck

Line-up

Friday 18/12 – 18:00 Opening band - Present Almost Identified YEROLATSITIS ORGANIC TRIO, IOANNA TROULLIDOU QUARTET ULTIMA BANDA, a.R PROJECT Saturday 19/12 – 18:00 Opening band - NABUMA

JAZZOLOGIA CYPRUS BIG BAND, FUZZ BUS, ODY 3, CHUNKY FUNKY

Present Almost Identified is a new music ensemble formed in Limassol in September 2020 with George Bizios on the electric guitar and compositions, Kyriacos Kestas on the double bass and Omiros Miltiadous on the drums. With this new trio, I wish to put together two very different processes; to approach guitar within a jazz ensemble in more ways than the conventional, while putting emphasis on each instrument separately and on what it has to offer. This approach is in contradiction with the traditional jazz band format, where the drums and the bass strictly perform the "obligations" of the rhythm section. Certainly, this does not mean that we distance ourselves from the tradition; on the contrary, we use it as a guideline on which we can build.

Yerolatsitis Organic Trio will present original compositions from their upcoming debut album, written by the brothers Antreas and Christos Yerolatsitis and arranged by all three members of the band. Through their songs, they explore and seek for an original sound, while respecting and incorporating the Jazz tradition in the composition, arrangement and performance. The Organ Trio setting is bringing fresh ideas to their music and pushes the trio to experiment with unknown musical landscapes.

The trio is a newly formed band, created by the brothers Antreas and Christos Yerolatsitis in 2020. The three musicians met for a jam in an organ trio setting in early 2020, and since then, they are busy creating a repertoire with their original music written specifically for the band’s unique sound. They also work on selected songs from the traditional jazz repertoire, arranged with modern ideas. The band’s sound is a blend of complex improvisations, accompanied by strong, nostalgic themes that are exciting, full and pleasing to the listener’s ear.

Antreas Yerolatsitis: Guitar, Christos Yerolatsitis: Organ, Omiros Miltiadous: Drums

Ioanna Troullidou Jazz Quartet consists of Marios Toumbas on the piano, Michalis Messios on the double bass and Marios Spyrou on the drums.

Despite being a newly established band, the three musicians have been closely working together for the last 12 years and have performed in many concerts in Cyprus and abroad. The collaboration with Marios Spyrou started seven years ago. Ioanna Troullidou and her band will present for the first time original compositions in music and lyrics, as well as selected tunes from the Jazz repertoire.

Ultima Banda is a sextet based in Cyprus with its members being active musicians in the local and international jazz scene. The band members share similar tastes and influences, giving to the music a sense of coherence and unity, with each member leaving his own personal touch and stigma. Marios Spyrou and Greg Makamian form the rhythmic base of the group, enabling the melodies of Charis and Elias Ioannou to unfold. Marios Toumpas and Orestis Miaris step in to bind the two worlds, rhythm and melody, with their harmonies, thus completing the ensemble.

The music is based on the characteristics of hard bop, funk and blues. Inspired by the sounds of Lou Donaldson, Grant Green and Lee Morgan, the group aspires to combine the power, complex harmony and virtuosity of hard bop music, with the dancing nature and gospel character of funk. The project focuses on exploring the dynamics created by the merging of the elements that characterize these two genres.

Orestis Miaris: Guitar, Charis Ioannou: Tenor Saxophone, Elias Ioannou: Trumpet

Marios Toumbas: Keyboard / Piano, Greg Makamian: Double Bass, Marios Spyrou: Drums

The a.R project was formed for the recording of the new album of bassist Andreas Rodosthenous, which was recorded last May but not yet released. As a new project, it has been presented at the EUNIC Jazz Festival in Berlin with music from all three musicians.

Five years after the first recorded work titled Simplicity, Andreas Rodosthenous comes back, evolving and suggesting a new work titled Complexity. This project aspires to communicate today’s troubled and complex way of life, leading to estrangement. The music is instrumental, which on the one hand makes communication without spoken word more difficult, yet on the other, it creates an even greater challenge for the musicians and the audience alike, in finding a common language that can be supported with thoughts, expression and sound than just with notes.

This production is brand new since the compositions, created in the past five years by Andreas Rodosthenous, have not yet been released. It was recorded last May immediately after the end of the lockdown, but due to the Covid19 restrictions, the music has not yet been presented to the public in Cyprus. The a.R project consists of Christos Yerolatsitis on the piano, Stelios Xydias on the drums and Andreas Rodosthenous on the electric fretted and fretless bass. Their ten-year common path, their influences from the modern jazz music scene as well as the world music scene have brought them together, enabling them to acquire their own sound, both individually and as a trio.

Andreas Rodosthenous: Electric Bass, Christos Υerolatsitis: Piano / Keyboard / Fx

Stelios Xydias: Drums


NABUMA is an original soul / alternative R&B band, formed in 2018 in Cyprus. They are currently composing and rehearsing their own material, while also performing around the island. Their inspiration and influences derive from soul, neo soul and R&B music, admiring artists such as Lianne La Havas, Jordan Rakei, Moonchild, Jorja Smith, Lana Del Rey and many more. What is interesting and peculiar about Nabuma is that despite the different music background and inspirations of its members, they all share the same love for groove and soul.

Nicole Ardanitou: Lead singer, Andreas Matheou: bass guitarist,

Alexis Kasinos: electric guitarist, Kris Grecian: Drummer

Jazzologia Cyprus Big Band will present authentic pieces influenced by traditional Cypriot musical themes and songs orchestrated by internationally renowned Cypriot composer and orchestrator Aris Antoniadis, especially written for the Jazzologia Cyprus Big Band. The orchestra was created in October 2016 by renowned saxophonist George Krasidis. The whole project is a collective, voluntary effort of sixteen great musicians having as a common characteristic their love for jazz music and, more specifically, for jazz big band. The Jazzologia Cyprus Big Band has been known for participating in many festivals and performances in Cyprus.

Giorgos Krasidis: Tenor Saxophone / Band Director, AchilleasTomasidis: Alto Saxophone, Simos Tziakouris: Alto Saxophone, Marios Papares: Tenor Saxophone, Aris Kyriakides: Baritone Saxophone, Elias Ioannou: Trumpet, Michalis Michael: Trumpet, Fedonas Dimitriou: Trumpet, Christos Loizides: Trumpet, Burkhard Fischer: Trombone, Kleanthis Demetriou: Trombone, Byron Athinodorou: Trombone, George Issa: Guitar, Nikolas Genethliou: Piano Ioannis Karseras: Bass, Andreas Combos: Drums.

Odysseas Toumazou Trio (ODY 3) is a project created by Cyprus-based guitarist and composer Odysseas Toumazou. He recently completed the recording of his first studio length album titled Ensticto. His work has been described as “truly authentic with a strong, personal sound within the guitar-trio genre.” His influences are wide including jazz, classical and traditional music that create a unique sound for a variety of audiences. Improvisation is a key element of Odysseas' music, contributing to an immersive experience between the audience and the band during performances, which can be described as accessible and experimental. The trio will present compositions from their recent album Ensticto, as well as new music from their upcoming album, scheduled to be recorded in 2021.

Odysseas Toumazou: Guitar, George Koulas: Drums,

Andreas Rodosthenous: Electric Bass

Fuzz Bus is a quartet that has been active on stage for several years. Their music can be described by the general term jazz rock, while it is characterized by strong elements of jazz and improvisation, funk and soul and psychedelic folk. The group, having been tested in countless live shows from festivals to music scenes and bars in recent years, has developed a very special way of communication on stage and a unique way of expressing itself as a musical entity. They will present a set of original material on which they have been working the past year, that draws on all their influences, as well as the music they have adapted in their own way over the years as a group. Influenced by the progressive jazz of John McLauglin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jimi Hendrix's psychedelic blues, Terry Callier's progressive folk and Sly Stone's funk, among others, they will present an irresistible set of original pieces with intense energy that engages the audience, inviting them to share this exciting journey with Fuzz Bus.

Lefteris Moumtzis: Bass / Voice, Ermis Michail: Guitar, Andreas Panteli: Piano / Keys

Stelios Xydias: Drums

Chunky Funky Band was created in August 2020 by Giorgos Morfitis. All compositions have been originally arranged and composed by him in the style of funk, based on funky music of the 70’s and 80’s with a very light touch of jazz vocabulary and a more noticeable modern soul sound. The performance, songs, music sections and instrumentation are all specifically tailored to simulate live sampling and looping, much like what a DJ does. Through hand gestures, the conductor signals the parts of his choice to the performers, thus rearranging the music live on stage, making each song sound different in length, dynamics and structure with every performance. The band aims at involving the audience in the performances, not only as spectators, but also in the creative process of the music during a live performance. A song called The Game is basically a chance for some of the members of the audience to become involved, get close and personal with the band on stage and control the music.

Giorgos Morfitis: Conductor / Keys / Percussion, Elias Ioannou: Trumpet, Charis Ioannou: Tenor Baritone Saxophone, Christos Zenios: Tenor / Baritone Saxophone, Andreas Panteli: Keys, Ermis Michael: Guitar, Rodrigo Caceres: Electric Bass, Andreas Stefanou: Drums.

Organised by: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, Cyprus Music Information Centre and Rialto Theatre

Media sponsors: ASTRA 92.8, CyBC

Supported by: Limassol Municipality, Art Studio 55, Eventpro, Limassol Tourism Development & Promotion Company, Efimerida Lemesos, Lemesos blog, Vestnik Kipra, Social et al.

Live Streaming Supporter: Musicera

Effe Label 2019 - 2021

Information: www.cyprusjazzworldmusicshowcase.com / www.rialto.com.cy / www.cymic.org.cy

Facebook page: Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase

Instagram: cyprusjazzworldmusicshowcase


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