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Greek saxophonist and composer Dimitrios Vassilakis was born in Athens on 21th October 1961 and studied Chemical Engineering at the Athens University, where he completed a bachelor's degree (1986). He then moved to London and studied saxophone, piano and composition at the London College of Music. He graduated with honours with an additional Diploma in Classical Saxophone (1990) and won national competitions in the UK and was awarded the LCM Society prize. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music (Advanced Studies in Jazz Saxophone and Composition) gaining a scholarship from the British Council and was awarded the LRAM diploma in jazz teaching (1991).

 As a key member of the International Association of Schools of Jazzand a representative for Greece, he has traveled extensively playing at numerous Festivals and conducting workshops in the US, England, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland and the Balkans. He has taught at the music departments of the Athens, Aristotle and Makedonia Universities (2000-2007), while completing a Ph.D. and is the author of awarded educational books for saxophone and jazz.

His 1st album "Secret Path"was released (1999) by one of the most important and historic jazz labels -Candid Records-. His 2nd album "Daedalus Project-Labyrinth"-produced by David Liebman- released 2001 and was voted 2nd jazz album of the year 2002 at the BBC Internet poll. His 3rd album "Parallel Lines" a jazz trio suite with Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums and Essiet Okun Essiet on bass was released 2006. His latest album is “Across the Universe” (2010).

At the Tinos Jazz Festival 2011, he will be performing with George Polychronakos on drums, Marios Loutas on bass and Manos Saridakis on piano. 

Events
Thursday, 25.08.2011

Juliet Kelly, voice - D. Vasilakis, sax - G. Polychronakos, drums - M. Loutas, bass - M. Saridakis, piano

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