Here we go again... When we 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 9pm 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, Giorgos
Galopoulos from Athens on the contrabass, Christos 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 11pm 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
On next day, Saturday 24th, 9pm 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
17 Musicians will take place on the first weekend of the 11th PJFestival
& 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 of July at 9pm with a bit of Latin Jazz & the
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 11th
PJFestival 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
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
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,
“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
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 very much!