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Megaro Gyzi Festival Santorini 2013

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One painting group exhibition and seven music concerts are combined harmoniously again this year in the eight events included in the program of Megaro Gyzi Festival 2013, for the 7th year under the artistic direction of Yannis Papaconstantinou. The festival will be held in the 17th-century old family mansion Megaro Gyzi (near the cable-car entrance in Fira, Santorini), from August 1st until 23rd, with free admission to all events. This celebration of culture in August has been established as an institution in the cultural events of summer in Santorini, attracting the special interest of tourists and residents of the island.

Jazz concerts:


Nikolas Anadolis Jazz Trio  

On 10/8 the Megaro Gyzi Festival 2013 continues with the jazz trio of the extremely talented and internationally award-winning composer and pianist Nikolas Anadolis (b. Jan. 1991), who in October 2010 unanimously won the first prize (Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris) at the prestigious 5th “Martial Solal” International Jazz Piano Competition, held every four years in Paris. This great distinction paved the way for appearances at festivals around the world and famous jazz clubs like the Blue Note in New York. In 2008 he was one of the only two non-Americans to receive the "Presidential Scholarship" of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, for the four years of his studies. In 2012 he completed his degree in piano, orchestration and conducting. In 2009 he was one of five winners of the contest for composition and interpretation at Berklee University. He has composed pieces for solo piano, duo with saxophone, piano trio and brass and string ensembles and big band. He has performed at the legendary jazz club Blue Note in New York as opening group for the pianist Michel Camilo; at the Rabat Jazz Festival in Morocco; in 2011 at the Radio France Festival in Montpellier, France and at the 11th European Jazz Festival in Athens, Greece; in October 2012 at the well-known Enjoy Jazz Festival in Germany and in February 2013 at the 12 Points Festival in Dublin, Ireland. Currently Nikolas is doing a Master of Music in Boston at the New England Conservatory with a major in jazz performance, studying with Fred Hersch and Jerry Bergonzi. With Nikolas Anadolis, in a special concert at Megaro Gyzi, Dimitris Goumperitsis on double bass and Sotiris Anadolis on drums.

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Manesis/Polyzogopoulos/Gyftakis Jazz Trio    

On 20/8 the Megaro Gyzi Festival 2013 journey continues with the Manesis/Polyzogopoulos/ Gyftakis Trio, where two of the most important representatives of the Greek jazz scene, both with many years of studying at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and many appearances throughout Europe and Greece, the pianist Spyros Manesis and the trumpeter Andreas Polyzogopoulos, cooperate melodically with the extremely talented young bassist Arion Gyftakis, in a unique concert at Megaro Gyzi. They will perform original compositions of the members of the trio, some of which come from their recent albums of Spyros Manesis ("Undelivered") and Andreas Polyzogopoulos ("Perfumed Dreams"), but also approaches to the traditional repertoire of jazz and its modern trends.

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Other concerts (including jazz elements):


Marios Strofalis Quartet  

The Megaro Gyzi Festival 2013 musical journey begins on 4/8 with the musical performance «European Taxim » by the Quartet of Marios Strofalis, an award-winning soundtrack composer, with a large discography, whose music we have heard in many films, television series and theatrical performances, while his tango compositions achieve, year after year, international acceptance. His quartet is a musical ensemble with intense cinematic and southern European stigma, that this year has a ten-year continuous presence in music halls, theaters and concert halls. Its members are Marios Strofalis (piano), Vangelis Vergotis (accordion), Alfredo Shtuni (violin) and Alexandros Mpotinis (violoncello). The European Taxim is a nostalgic tour in cultural ports of the people of southern Europe and the Mediterranean, where classical forms are “married” with favorite dances, such as the Mediterranean tango, Smyrna bolero, nuevo tango, Aegean ballos, nouvelle jazz francaise, Andalusian ballad, flamenco, tarantella and the lyrical Mediterranean waltz.



Roman Gomez Latin Quartet (featuring Odalis Palma as special guest)

The festival΄s program is concluded on 23/8 with an acoustic latin evening from Roman Gomez Quartet with special guest star the great Cuban singer Odalis Palma. The band was formed by two brothers from Argentina, Roman Gomez (piano, bandoneon, guitar) and Demian Gomez (percussion, drums), in order to create new alternative ways of playing traditional music of Argentina (such as tango, chacarera, chamamé, zamba) with influences from jazz and latin american folklore music, while Caribbean element and Cuban rhythm was added. In the quartet participate also two extraordinary Greek musicians, the saxophonist Dimitris Tsakas and the bassist George Palamiotis. The great Cuban singer Odalis Palma is also collaborating with the band.




Free admission to all events.

Start time: 21:00.

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To download the analytical program of the festival:  


Last modified on Sunday, 04 August 2013 08:40