Here we go again...
started our musical meetings in the late 90`s it was very hard to find Jazz
musicians on the island. Now things are very different and unfortunately we
cannot have them all on two weekends! There are the musicians that live and
work here, also there are the ones who come here during the summer holidays and
bring their friends with them. Which makes for an interesting mix of music and
creativity which Paradise Place is proud to present!
So we have 9 different bands, 33 musicians on two separate weekends of Fridays
& Saturdays on the 23rd, 24th & 30th, 31st July!
On Friday 23rd at 9.00 pm we welcome
for first time @ Paradise Place Andreas
Panteli & his Quartet. He is coming with the saxophonist Jan Kus
from Slovenia for his second appearance at our Jazz Festival, Giorgo
Galopoulo from Athens on the contrabass, Christo Konstandinides from Salonika
on drums & Andreas Panteli from Cyprus on piano. The band got together in Rotterdam
and plays original compositions of Andrea Panteli and standards of Modern jazz.
At 11.00 p.m. same night follows the Charis Ioannou Trio featuring Zaid
Nasser (U.S.A) and Vahagn
Hayrapetyan (Armenia). Except Chari
Ioannou who plays sax the Trio includes Michael Messios on bass and Ioannis
Vafeas on drums. They have been playing together for about 5 years now and
have already made numerous appearances at clubs and festivals around Cyprus,
England, Poland, Kuwait, Greece and Serbia. This time, joining them on piano
will be Vahagn
Hayrapetyan and on alto sax Zaid
Nasser. The music that will be performed at the festival can be
characterized as Authentic Classic Jazz that is deeply rooted in the American
tradition of the 1940`s and 1950`s. Don't miss this rear appearance of
this international band as the experience of the music that is to be performed is
guaranteeing to mesmerize the audience!
On next day, Saturday 24th, 9.00 p.m.
we present the Kafeney Quartet featuring Pavlina
Konstantopoulou. They are a local group which two of the members have had
many performances @ Paradise Place in the past! Alkis Agathokleous who is
playing ney & cumbus and Savvas
Houvartas who is playing guitar. Nicolas
Tryphonos is on double bass and Andreas
Stefanou is on drums & percussions. Pavlina Konstantopoulou on
vocals joins in to complete the band. They are going to perform new standards, original
compositions and free improvisations. The band was formed in Limassol two years
ago for the joy of playing music.
The first weekend finishes with the Giorgos
Galopoulos Quintet also another international group that got together in Rotterdam
& plays original compositions of Giorgos Galopoulos. They have a more Traditional
Jazz style & Modern Jazz elements. In the band is Michael Gyorek from Slovenia
on alto sax, Mauri Gomez from Spain on tenor sax & the Athenian Giorgos
Galopoulos on contrabass. Giorgos
Morfitis who is on piano & Stelios
Xydias on drums are from Cyprus & we are very happy to have them again
at our festival.
17 Musicians will take place on the
first weekend of the 11th Paradise Jazz Festival & we thank them all for
coming! There will be 16 more musicians on the following weekend which is going
to kick off on Friday 30th July at 9.00 p.m. with a bit of Latin Jazz & the
"Branco Trio" featuring Eleonora Rousou on flute. "Branco
Trio" which means "pure" in Brazilian, is a band consisting of Andreas
Stefanou on the drums, George Xanthou on the guitar and Andreas
Rodosthenous on the bass. Their music expresses a mixture of traditional
and modern Brazilian influences starting from the great "Antonio Carlos
Jobim" to the modern sound of the "Nosso Trio". This music is
very inspirational due to its rich tradition, history and sound that has been
created through the years. Always with the element of improvisation the "Branco
Trio" is trying to pass on the beauty of this music and its own character!
This summer at the Paradise Jazz Festival they will be featuring Eleonora
Rousou on the flute!
The program will continue at 11pm with the “Alexander
Gagatsis Quartet.” Alexander wants to perform his compositions live in
front of Paradise Place public first, before going in to the recording studios
this autumn. In the band is Charis Ioannou on sax, Tasos Stylianou on guitar, Fulvio
Buccafusco on double bass. Alexander Gagatsis plays the drums.
For Saturday 31st last day of our Jazz
Festival we will have 3 different shows for you!
The evening starts with the brilliant Lee
Westwood who comes from England. With him he will have as a special guest,
the Cypriot violinist Pavlos Michaelides. Lee Westwood is a guitarist and
composer that dedicates much of his time to the tuning DADGAD & exploits
the instrument's many facets to create eclectic modern lullabies for the steel
strung acoustic guitar, using new dynamics and approaches in his pieces. Pavlos
Michaelides who had just recently performed @ Paradise Place for the first time
is going to join Lee with his violin in this musical journey!
Next up will be the Trio
Errant also from England featuring Nathaniel Butler on drums, Lee Blackmore
on guitar & Colin Somervell on bass, who is a familiar face in Cyprus from
his performances with our friends Trio Teke. This is a classical jazz,
guitar trio that explores the standards in its unique way and with its own
The last band for this year festival is playing music for the soul with mostly
blues elements and is called “The
Zilla Project”. It is a newly formed 4-piece band playing its version
of the blues with many allusions to all styles of American music. They deliver electrified
versions of well-known blues classics (in an energetic and super charged 2 hour
set). They consist of Emmanuel Vourakis (who we saw last year here with the Blues
Wire) on vocals and electric guitars, Nikolas “Honeyman” Melis on the keys, Omiros
Andreou on bass (we know him from the 40 Plus)and “Zilla” a.k.a George
Nikolaidis on the drums.
You cannot afford to miss ‘THIS’
spectacular and majestic event at ‘Paradise Place’,
Our price for tickets will be lower
than last year`s giving the chance for more people to follow the event. A day
costs 15 Euro!
Also friendly prices for drinks! Food
will be available.
. Thank you!