It's festival time once more and the resounding success of the Paradise Jazz Festival is now self-evident. But it's been almost seven years since what became the biggest jazz festival in Cyprus was little more than a twinkle in the eye of the founders, whose unshakeable belief in the event finally made it a reality. From the very beginning was envisioned as an important event that would have great cultural significance and popular appeal. The 7th Paradise Jazz Festival will give Festival goers a chance to savoir a more intimate look at the vibrant culture that jazz has to offer. From Cyprus to Israel to Armenia, Greece, Holland and England, this year's talent will be performing on a new stage overlooking the picturesque hills of Pomos and the wonderful sunset over the Mediterranean coast. Paradise Place, 8th, 9th & 10th of September 2006
The first night will feature the renowned Cypriot bass player Irinaeos Koullouras, blending together a successful combination of Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot musicians in a band called North and South in an experimental performance based on Cypriot music.
Following that, the star of the 2003 Paradise Jazz Festival, Vasillis Rakopoulos from Greece will join last year's performer Haig Yazdijan (from Armenia) with extraordinary influences from Oriental and Mediterranean music.
Saturday's program will include the return of the dynamic rhythm and blues band, Juba, in conjunction with the Blink Too Quartet from Holland that played at the Jerusalem Jazz Festival this summer. The Dutch saxophonist and clarinetist Meke Erker, with his Blink Too, mixes high energy with electronic music, jazz and free flowing improvisation...
Sunday night of the Paradise Jazz Festival features vibraphone player, Christos Rafalides, currently residing in New York, who is visiting Cyprus and the Paradise Jazz Festival with his 'super cool jazz band'. www.manhattanvibes.com
Following that, jazz fans will enjoy world famous saxophone player and book-write Gilad Atzmon with music based on his experiences in life. Atzmon has dedicated his music to peace.
The finale of the 7th Paradise Jazz Festival will bring the rhythmic sounds of the 'Jamming Session' live on stage to end this phenomenal festival of sound and culture.
All snacks and drinks will be on a self-service basis and for those jazz lovers who are worried about getting there and back the organizers have planned a bus service between Pafos and Polis Chrysochous.
The 7th Paradise Jazz Festival promises to be an outstanding culmination of culture, music and rhythmatic sounds, blending a unique mix of internationally-renowned guests and three nights of unforgettable jazz and fun. Don't miss it!
Let`s all be there! Thank you ALL!