Festival's History

8th Jazz on Tinos

Mediterranean Waves

26, 27, 28/8/2016

Cultural Foundation of Tinos

The first Jazz music festival on Tinos was organized by and held at the Cultural Foundation of Tinos in 2009, as the “Tinos Jazz Festival”. Thanks to the efforts of the staff, musicians, volunteers and friends of jazz and of course the personal input of the festival’s artistic director George Kontrafouris and his associates, the festival quickly established itself as a major event in the Aegean. The festival - in its 8th year now - was renamed “Jazz on Tinos” in 2014. Part of its success is due to the fact that it gave the initially limited – yet growing - audience a harbour to enjoy jazz at its best. The festival also gives Greek and international musicians an opportunity to meet and work together.

The festival is dedicated to a different theme each year. The event was launched in 2009 with Finland as an honoured guest country. In 2010, the stage welcomed a large number of both accomplished and less well known, but talented and promising, Greek musicians. In 2011, the festival was dedicated to Women in jazz. In the two following years, the focus was to gather experienced performers and young promising jazz musicians. Since 2014, the idea has been to promote artists with recent releases as well as gifted young musicians.

The festival is a free entrance event in accordance with the Cultural Foundation’s public benefit purpose, i.e. among others: to contribute to culture and society and to introduce contemporary music and artistic movements to the island. The festival is primarily funded by the Cultural Foundation of Tinos, as well as by donations and services by public or private entities, embassies and international foundations with a cultural or an artistic purpose.

Since 2015, the Jazz on Tinos festival is co-organized by the South Aegean Region.

2018 Programme

25/8

21:30 Tinos Groove Connection & friends

Dimitris Xanthos- guitar,

Nikos Giavredellis- bass,

Giorgos Ameralis – piano,

Harald Van Christen – drums

The Tinos Groove Connection ensemble was formed for the purpose of the festival by musicians living in Tinos either permanently or seasonally. They will feature Jazz Rock pieces from the '70s.

22: 30 Nikos Kapilidis Jazz Quartet

Dimitris Papadopoulos: trumpet

Markos Haidemenos: piano

Dinos Manos: double bass

Nikos Kapilidis: drums

Nikos Kapilidis has been a prominent presence on the Greek and European jazz scene for 30 years. After a long break, he fronts a new band of excellent musicians. The quartet will perform compositions by Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Bill Frissell, Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones and Charlie Haden.

26/8

19:00- 20:15, JAZZ FOR KIDS with Alex Christidis & Voyage Jazz Band feat. PenelopeTzanetaki

Alex Christidis: music, drums

ΑλέκοςΟρφανός: piano

ΚώσταςΒαζούρας: saxophone

ΧάρηςΠανταζής:doublebass

ΆραΜπογοσιάν: percussion

ΠηνελόπηΤζανετάκη:voice

The Jazz for Kids project, designed for kidsaged 5 to …105, will be taking uson a musical journey through the history of jazz, while promoting creativity, innovation and solidarity. Music and rhythm will be used to experience multiculturalism and the universal language of emotions.

21 :30 Ioannou/ Vafeas quartet

Ioannis Vafeas: drums

Charis Ioannou: saxophone

Dimitris Miaris: piano

Greg Makamian: bass

Cypriot-basedIoannis Vafeas (drums) Harris Ioannou (sax) are both master’s degree graduates from the Berklee College of Music Boston and have been members of the teaching staff of the University of Nicosia ever since 2009. Vafeas and Ioannou boast an extensive experience and a rich history of appearances at major festivals and concert halls throughout Europe and America. They formed their quartet with two young talented musicians, pianist Dimitris Miaris and bass Greg Makamian.

23 :00 SpirosExarasJimPolitisduet

World renowned jazz guitarist & composer Spiros Exaras has worked with world famous jazz and pop artists such as Mariah Carey, Shirley Bassey, Mark Murphy, Dave Valentin, members of Spyro Gyra and members of Canadian Brass, to name just a few. He has released four albums as a leader and written original music for film and theater.

Jim Politis, a virtuoso Greek jazz guitarist, is the founder and lead guitarist of the Ethnic/Gypsy Jazz band “The Ghost Notes”. He has shared the stage with Stochelo Rosenberg of the “Rosenberg Trio” and Greek jazz pianist George Kontrafouris, among others, and appeared in international venues and festivals.

In Tinos they will perform songs ranging from classic to modern jazz, along with original compositions.

27/8

21:30 ManosSaridakissolopiano

Manos Saridakisis one of the best-known musicians of the Greek jazz scene. In 2001, he moved to New York, where he worked as a professional musician for 10 years. He collaborated with heavyweights of the jazz scene, such as David Liebman, Ralph Peterson, Ron McClure and appeared as a sideman in Birdland, Blue Note NYC etc. In 2006, he was ranked among the 25 best jazz pianists in the world in the "Thelonius Monk Competition". Since then, he has been a part of numerous collaborations, recordings and television appearances both as a leader and sideman. His new record was released under the title «The Greek Real Book | Volume 1”.

23:00 Pragma(TheThing) / grecofuturisticjazz

ManosTheodosakis, trumpet

TakisPaterelis, tenorsaxophone/flute

DimitrisTsakas, altosaxophone

CostisChristodoulou, piano

KostasKonstantinou, doublebass

SerafimBellos, drums



"Pragma" (The Thing) is a jazz orchestra founded by Costis Christodoulou, a talented Greek pianist. Although based on swing and blues traditions, To Pragma creates its own original sound, wandering through various music paths and blending meditational soundscapes of flutes and drums with electronic space-like sounds, making for a bright and cheerful atmosphere.

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