2015 Programme

Friday 28/08/2015

21:30 - Manesis/Gyftakis/Gouliaris Trio

Manesis, Gyftakis and Gouliaris met in 2012; the chemistry between them was obvious right from the start and grew stronger through their live performances at venues in Athens. The perpetual interplay and a top-notch music level make for strong and surprising story-telling elements. It is a modern trio with many influences of the great kind (B. K. Jarrett, Mehldau, P. Bley, B. Evans) and a clear reference to the tradition of jazz playing. Their repertoire includes original compositions and standards used as a starting point to explore different musical spaces. Recently, the Manesis/Gyftakis/Gouliaris Trio was awarded the First Prize in the 1st Greek Jazz contest, the Apollon Jazz Competition Greece.

23:00 - Maria Manousaki Quartet ft Tigran Sargsyan

The Greek South African violinist Maria Manousaki is an international artist, active in the Jazz and World Music scene.

Born in South Africa, grown up in Greece and currently living and performing in New York City, Maria has recently formed her own ensemble and recorded her album which was out οn June 2015 with renowned musicians Shai Maestro on piano, Petros Klampanis on double bass, John Hadfield on drums, Tamer Pinarbassi on kanun and Mavrothi Kontanis on oud, performing her original music inspired by her Cretan roots and her love for Jazz.

Maria graduated from Berklee College of Music and has been performing worldwide ever since. She has appeared in many prestigious events around the world, and has performed in auspicious venues including the Perth Concert Hall in Australia, New York Lincoln Centre, the Frank Sinatra School of The Arts in New York the MoMA museum of modern arts, the Athens Concert Hall and Zappio Megaro in Greece, the closing ceremony for the Mediterranean Olympic Games in Pescara Italy, the Dubai International Film Festival, the Royal wedding in Doha Qatar, for the princess of Morocco, among others.

Saturday 29/08/2015

21:30 - Yiotis Samaras Trio feat. George Kontrafouris

Yiotis Samaras, or one of the best jazz guitar players of the Greek jazz scene. Having performed with top musicians in and outside the Greek borders and having taught hundreds of guitar players who currently have a career in Greece or abroad, Yiotis Samaras has literally shaped the Greek jazz scene and discography over the past 30 years.

His trio delivers the jazz tradition, with touches of electric sounds, adding modern aesthetics to yesterday’s sounds.

Sunday 30/08/2015

21:00 - Singularity Project

Singularity is a term used in astrophysics to describe the point inside a black hole where the ordinary laws of physics cease to apply. Accordingly the project's five musicians encountered to create something substantial, free from any superfluous matter. Their repertoire includes original compositions written and arranged by Vangelis Stefanopoulos for this project. The project features a variety of styles including modern jazz, fusion, rock and Afro-Cuban sounds.

23:00 - Lefteris Christofis Group

The Lefteris Christofis Group is an amazing world music & new jazz quartet that evokes a truly "timbral pandemonium". Musical stories from Lefteris Christofis' new album will be presented live with the dynamic collaboration of these four virtuosos musicians. The vibraphone melody from the great Jacques Marugg, the craftsmanship bassist approach of Dimitris Moutafis, the personal rhythmic aspect of Nikos Touliatos are combined in full harmony with the jazz guitar Grecian style of Lefteris Christofis.The compositional point of view of Lefteris Christofis adds a new musical perspective beyond the borders of jazz and fusion. Joe Ferrari in Jazz Improv writes: "the Greek lyrical guitarist Lefteris Christofis is the kind of an artist who through his music transfers internal images, visions and scenes from the realm of reality and fantasy. …upon further listening I began to hear Mr. Christofis unique voice. He writes wonderful compositions, evocative of a deep emotional landscape". The distinguished guitarist Lefteris Christofis is classified by the Benedetto Guitars as " clearly a top (and still rising) player and educator in Europe" and his latest album "Nous Icons" has been released by the legendary Blue Note Records.

2018 Programme


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.


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

Alex Christidis: music, drums

ΑλέκοςΟρφανός: piano

ΚώσταςΒαζούρας: saxophone


ΆραΜπογοσιάν: percussion


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.


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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