G. Trantalidis Trilogia

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George Trantalidis started his career playing with the rock group Socrates. In 1978, he participated in the first Greek Jazz music record with the “Sphinx”. In 1980, he represented Greece in international Jazz Festivals and also recorded his two first personal albums ” Clarification” and “One, Two, Three, Four” in Hungary. In 1983, he became the first to merge Greek traditional with Jazz music in his records ”Hores” “Mesogeios”, “Hairetismos” and “Erisma” with the participation of renowned traditional musicians G. Koros and N. Saragoudas. After these records, George Trantalidis was invited by Y. Menuhin, R. Shankar and S. Rollins to play in the world famous “Jazz India Festival” and “Singapore Jazz Festival”. From 1984 to 1989 he produced the radio show “Jazz in ERA 2” hosting as guests some of the best jazz musicians. Since 1989, he has run his personal studio producing his own records as well as for selected Greek and foreign artists. He has brought together a core of Greek and foreign artists with whom he performs in Greece and abroad, always getting the best critics. In 2004, he took part as a composer and arranger in the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games with his composition “Karpos” (a remake of Manos Hatzidakis “To asteri tou voria”).

He currently performs with his trio Trilogia featuring George Kontrafouris on Hammond and Yiotis Samaras on the guitar. Three Greek virtuosos with soul, imagination and power— that is to say three genuine artists—joining forces with a truly stellar improviser to form an explosive contemporary jazz trio.

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