The success of the event comes down to the variety of talents and music genres, and to the fact that the festival provides something for everyone. In a short period of time Tinos Jazz Festival has become a unique forum for both contemporary and future jazz. It offers you the opportunity to get familiar with jazz in all its forms, to discover the newest evolutions, to experience the confrontation between styles and artistic views.
Emil Afrasiyab on August 24, 2012 at at Tinos Jazz Festival
The genre known as mougkam (mugham) jazz was created in the mid 60's in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and then became well-known around the world. The founder, pianist and composer Vagif Mustafazade, combined elements of Western classical jazz ( which had begun to grow in Azerbaijan since 1930), with melancholic melodies of Azerbaijani folk music (mugham) which is a part of the cultural heritage of Azerbaijan and Middle East.The pianist Emil Afrasiyab, successor of this music tradition comes to Tinos to open the fourth Tinos Jazz Festival.
Emil Afrasiyab was born in 1982. He graduated at the musical school of Bulbul in 2000. He studied at the piano faculty with his tutor Professor Farhad Badalbeyli at the Baku Music Academy of Uz.Hajibeyli. He has performed in Germany, Britain, France, Czech Republic, Austria, USA, Cuba, Mexico, China and other states. He is an activist of Azerbaijani culture festivals in foreign states. In 2011, he received the prize of audience sympathies at the 45th International Jazz Festival in Montreux (Switzerland).
YFG Yiorgos Fakanas Group & Saskia Laroo Group on August 25, 2012 at Tinos Jazz Festival -
- 21:00 - Yiorgos Fakanas Group
- Takis Paterelis, sax – Antonis Andreou, trombone - Dimitris Sevdalis, keyboard – Yorgos Fakanas, bass – Alexandros Drakos Ktistakis, drums. The YFG is a jazz fusion band formed by bassist-composer and arranger George Fakanas in 1991. Since then, the band has played in numerous concerts in Greece and abroad. The last three years the group has worked and played with the greatest musicians such as Dave Weckl, Mike Stern, Anthony Jackson, Frank Gambale, Dennis Chambers, Bireli Lagrene, Alex Acuna, Mitch Forman, Tony Lakatos, Eric Marienthal, Greg Howe, Horacio El Negro, Scott Kinsey, Brett Garsed, Bob Franceschini, etc. At the same time, major international music magazines have published reviews on Fakanas discography and classifyed him as one of the most creative and the best bass players and composers of contemporary music (American Bass Player-December issue of 2008, Bass musician magazine, Modern Drummer, Bass guitar magazine, Rhythm, etc.).
At Tinos Jazz, YFG presents compositions from the 5 albums: "ECHOES (2005)," DOMINO (2006), "INTERSPIRIT" (2009), "MAESTRO" (2010) and "ACROBAT" ( 2012).
- 23:00 - Saskia Laroo Group
Saskia Laroo, hailed by American public and press at large as "Lady Miles of Europe", is one of the few women trumpet stylists, blowing for more than three decades. Born in Amsterdam, she began on trumpet at age 8, never dreaming of becoming a professional musician. That all changed when Saskia, turned 18 - after briefly majoring in mathematics at University of Amsterdam-, switched her focus to a career in music. She worked extensively in various groups from this point, at first mostly on upright bass, though eventually, on both bass and trumpet; the trumpet became her main instrument. Saskia Laroo combines today's music by uncontrived romps into new styles, eagerly limned as "nu jazz" or "swingin' body-music"-a vivacious blend of hip-hop, jazz, salsa, funk reggae and world.
She will be performing at this year’s Tinos Jazz Festival with her formation: Jazzkia+, including:
Saskia Laroo, trumpet, vocals - Gideon hamburger, guitar - Warren Byrd, piano, vocals - Maarten Bakker, bass - Willem Smid, drums
George Tsolis Trio & George Trantalidis Trilogia feat Tony Lakatos on August 26, 2012 at Tinos Jazz Festival -
George Tsolis Trio
George Tsolis, pianist and composer, lives since 2004 in The Hague where he has completed his studies in the Jazz Department of the Royal Academy atThe Hague. The trio plays his own compositions and has references to fusion jazz of Chick Corea, the latin rhythm and explosiveness of Michel Camilo. The music of the trio reflects personal interpretation ideas and music influences of the pianist as well as the 2 other members of the trio. Of course as a jazz trio the sound and the “color” of the compositions follow the “path” of jazz music. In this way the personal influences, music experiences and ideas are coming together with the jazz idiom aiming to create a modern sound. The trio is mostly active in the local jazz scene in Nederland but also in other countries like Greece. The bassist stathis elio and The drummer Francesco De rubeis constitute a strong rhythm section that produce a solid sound proper for this style of jazz.
G. Trantalidis trilogia feat Tony Lakatos
George Trantalidis started his career 35 years ago, playing with the rock group Socrates. In 1978, he records the first greek Jazz music record with the “Sphinx”. In 1980 he represents Greece in international Jazz Festivals and also records in Hungary his two first personal records ” Clarification” and “One, Two, Three, Four”.In 1983 he becomes the first to merge greek traditional with Jazz music in his records ”Hores” “Mesogeios”, “Hairetismos” and “Erisma” with the participation of the great traditional musicians G. Koros and N. Saragoudas. These records resulted George Trantalidis to be invited by Y. Menuhin, R. Shankar και 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″ with guests some of the best jazz musicians like:M. Alexiou, G. Filippidis, P. Samaras, G. Kontrafouris, N. Politis, N. Vardis, T. Paterelis, Chip Jackson, John Hicks, J. Williams, B. Lakatos Szalski, T. Lakatos, D. Linch, L. Zois, N. Neratzo-poulos, P. Benetatos, M. Alexiadis etc. Since 1989 he holds his personal studio producing his own records as well as making productions for selected Greek and foreign artists.
Meanwhile he has created a core of Greek and foreign artists with whom he performs in Greece and abroad gaining always the best critics. In 2004 he participated as composer and arranger in the starting ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games with his composition “Karpos” ( a remake of Manos Hatzidakis “To asteri tou voria”).He is currently performing with his trio: Trilogia with George Kontrafouris on Hammond and Yiotis Samaras on guitar . Three Greek virtuosos with soul, imagination and power—which is to say three genuine artists—joining forces with a truly stellar improviser to form an explosive contemporary jazz trio. The three talented musicians have met long time ago, and given the important recordings and wealth of experience as group leaders and members of other international ensembles they each bring to the encounter, the result is always awesome
about Tony Lakatos : http://www.jazzonline.gr/en/articlesinterviews/musicians-in-town/item/1251-tony-lakatos.html