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Megaro Gyzi Festival 2014

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One printmaking exhibition and six music concerts are included in the program of Megaro Gyzi Festival 2014, under the artistic direction of Yannis Papaconstantinou for the 8th year. 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 year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of one of the greatest Greek composers Manos Hadjidakis, following his death 20 years ago this June. Songs of the worldwide known Greek composer and songwriter will be performed in each concert of the festival. 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 & other concerts including jazz elements:

Stavros Lantsias quintet
On 7/8 the Megaro Gyzi Festival 2014 journey continues with the quintet of the exceptional composer, arranger and pianist Stavros Lantsias, who serves a wide range of music, including influences from classical, soundtrack and jazz music. Through his personal albums and live performances, Stavros Lantsias composes a special melodic mixture and proposes a new audio path that manages to travel the listener in such a way as to lose none of the melodic landscapes he will encounter on this trip.
One of his most important projects is the “Human Touch”, a jazz group he has formed with long time collaborators David Lynch (sax) and Yiotis Kiourtsoglou (bass) in 1999. His latest recording release “Diary of Dreams” (Dec. 2011) features the Athens Kamerata String Orchestra and world renowned musicians Peter Erskine on drums and Lars Danielsson on bass.
Stavros Lantsias' quintet:Stavros Lantsias, piano - Dimitris Hountis, soprano saxophone - Dionyssis Vervitsiotis, violin - Giorgos Kaloudis, cello - Cretan lyra - mandolin - percussion - Petros Varthakouris, double bass - vocals
More about Stavros Lantsias http://www.jazzonline.gr/en/musicians/item/213-lantsias-stavros.html  & Human Touch http://www.jazzonline.gr/en/musicians/item/203-human-touch.html



Gadjo Dilo sextet
On 17/8 the surprise band of the year, Gadjo Dilo, who have managed to link musically the bouzouki of Tsitsanis and Chiotis with the gypsy jazz swing guitar of genius Django Reinhardt, revive another era in the Concert Hall of Megaro Gyzi. Gadjo Dilo discover in the colourful universe of gypsy jazz the memories and the scents of Greece, imparting the beauty of coexistence of two great musical traditions (“Manouche de Grec”) and filling the audience with energy, vitality and warm smiles.
Following their summer 2013 tour in Greece and the Balkans, including several appearances in concert stages and festivals, i.e. in Athens Django Festival (European Music Day) and in two of the largest European Jazz Festivals (Bansko International Jazz Festival 2013 and Nisville International Jazz Festival 2013), Gadjo Dilo present at Megaro Gyzi stage songs from their debut album, entitled “Manouche De Grec”, exploring their love for Django as well as their love for beloved older Greek songs of the same era finely blended with the sounds and flavors of gypsy jazz.
Gadjo Dilo: Sotiris Pomonis, guitar - Kostas Mitropoulos, guitar - Nikos Vlachos, double bass - Sergios Chrisovitsanos, violin - Giorgos Tsiatsoulis, accordion
Ilianna Tsapatsari, vocals
More about Gadjo Dilo http://www.jazzonline.gr/en/cd-releases/item/2332-manouche-de-grec-2013.html

Giorgos Tsolis jazz trio
On 20/8 the festival΄s music program is concluded with the Giorgos Tsolis jazz trio, a modern trio from the Netherlands, whose sound and color of their compositions reflect the traditional jazz idiom with the sound of today. The members of the trio are the American drummer Owen Hart, Jr., the Polish bassist Maciej Domaradzki and the Greek pianist Giorgos Tsolis, who created and lead the group. They are permanently living and working in the Netherlands for the past ten years.
The main repertoire of the trio consists mainly of compositions by Giorgos Tsolis. The unique musicality and creativity of the drummer Owen Hart, Jr. and the excellent technical and musical skills of the bassist Maciej Domaradzki fit in the best way to the music of Giorgos Tsolis. Arrangements of well-known jazz standards have also been added to the repertoire of the trio.
The trio has participated to significant festivals in the Netherlands, such as the North Sea Jazz Festival (2010), the Jazz on 5 Festival (2013) and the Cutting Edge Jazz Festival (2013). For the participation of the trio to the latter, the newspaper AD Algemeen Dagblad published in June 2013:  “It is a matter of time before the Giorgos Tsolis trio will conquer the big jazz festivals“.
Giorgos Tsolis, piano - Owen Hart, Jr., drums - Maciej Domaradzki, double bass
More about George Tsolis  http://jazzonline.gr/en/musicians/item/2833-tsolis-georgios.html



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Last modified on Saturday, 16 August 2014 19:36