Hi, and Welcome to “8th Paradise Jazz Festival” which is going to take place on 7th of September at Paradise Place, Pomos and 8th & 9th of September at Agios Andronicus Park, Polis with the help of the Municipality of Polis Chrysochous. The aim of the organizers is for this to become the biggest Jazz event in Cyprus, attracting both foreign and local visitors to Polis Chrysochous.
There will be an opening night at Paradise Place in Pomos, the home place of Paradise Jazz Festival on Friday the 7th at 7pm. The program will start at sunset time, with “Steps”, a power trio combining the polyrhythmic sounds of Ioannis Vafeas on drums, the virtuosic capabilities of Michael Messios on bass and the ferocious sound of Charis Ioannou on saxophone.
They will be followed by a Brazilian & Latin Fusion Trio called Morfitis Trio with Giorgos Morfitis on piano, Tuur Moens from Belgium on drums & Beno Kiss from Hungaria on electric bass. This tasty and uplifting starter will surely create an appetite for the sumptuous main course served on Saturday and Sunday in Polis Chrysochous. Since these performances will take place on the small stage of Paradise Place, bookings are recommended.
On Saturday the 8th, at Agios Andronikos Park in Polis the doors will open at 7pm, with the first concert beginning at 8pm with Oriole Brazil playing “a musical mosaic that feels as spiritually uplifting as a Paulo Coelho novel” (Jazzwise).
They will be followed by a performance by Julia Biel. Her exceptional 'Billie Holiday meets Bjork' voice weaves a magical spell out of folk, jazz and soul. “The demanding nature of the music - the wide range of styles, sonorities, the sometimes irregular harmonies and rhythms - might seem like hard work. But Biel is obviously committed to the experimental aesthetic, and her mesmerizing voice and magnetic stage presence should encourage many to follow where she leads” (THE GUARDIAN, Culture Vulture, April 2006).
On Sunday the 9th, the Paradise Jazz Festival has the chance to add one more big name on the Festival’s agenda. You can listen to the magic sound of the Danish pianist Thomas Clausen, set under the beautiful sunset, and the palm trees of Polis Chrysochous, beginning at 7pm. Doors are open from 6pm. Thomas Clausen is regarded by many as one of Europe’s top Pianists. He has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Ben Webster and many others. He will be followed by the beautiful singer & composer Julia Biel and the night will finish with Oriole of Jonny Philips the guitarist, composer& arranger of the group. Their music is a sensory banquet of soaring melodies, colourful South American folklore, lively dances and emotional ballads of longing. Their music creates a rich, emotionally disquieting world that is at once familiar and dreamlike. A world of freedom, of movement, of dusty roads and travelling musicians in shaded market squares whose journey will never end. With him on stage are going to be: Fernando De Marco (bass), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax) who is leader of her own quintet, she is co-founder of Monica Vasconcelos' Nois, she was nominated for the rising star category of the BBC Jazz Awards in 2005 & she received the Fellowship in Jazz Composition from The Arts Foundation in 2006, Sebastian Rochford (drums) a deeply creative drummer and composer & winner of the Mercury Prize for 2007 with his own band Polar Bear, Adriano Pinto (percussion), Nick Ramm (piano), Ben Davis (cello)
Julia Biel (composer, voice, guitar, keys) , who was also nominated in the BBC Jazz Awards 'Rising Star' category, got a place in The Independent's Top 5 best live performances of 2006 in their review of the year and even a brief modeling contract for Nokia's 'I am my music' campaign when she was one of 6 artists chosen globally to feature in the print advertising for their new phone/mp3 player, she will be performing on Saturday night with Idris Rahman on saxophone, keys, backing vocals, Michael Pickering on drums, Marco Piccioni on electric guitar, backing vocals & Ben Hazleton on double bass, while on Sunday, Sebastian Rochford will take the drummers place.
With Thomas Clausen will appear Fernando De Marco on bass, Idris Rahman on clarinet, sax and Afonso Correa on drums. These four musicians together with Jonny Phillips on acoustic guitar and Ingrid Laubrock on tenor sax will play on Saturday night as Oriole Brazil.
For this year’s event, the organizers from Paradise Place Productions have invited the following internationally renowned artists:
Let`s all be there! Thank you ALL!