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Megaro Gyzi Festival Santorini August 1-23, 2011

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One painting exhibition and seven music concerts are combined harmoniously again this year in the eight events included to the program of Megaro Gyzi Festival 2011, 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. For this year three jazz concert are on the program.

On August 7, 2011 the award-winning jazz duo with Norwegian saxophonist Anders Lonne Gronseth and English pianist David Skinner, who are playing together since 1999 as members of the Norwegian jazz quartet Sphinx. The two musicians have been collaborating for many years in different formations, they have toured extensively, they have released several albums and received international prizes and acclaim for their music. Since 2005, they started playing together as a duo, looking for new directions and ways to combine their influences from American jazz, European classical music of the 20th century and contemporary jazz. They are going to present a wide repertoire ranging from works of well-known composers (such as Messiaen, Bartok and Ligeti) to jazz standards, but also their compositions from their personal discography.

On August 13, 2011 a unique musical experience will take place with Vassilis Tsabropoulos, who presents in a unique appearance at Megaro Gyzi his new work, titled ”Eros and Soul”, which will be released next autumn. Pianist and composer of international acclaim, Vassilis Tsabropoulos combines, with masterful flexibility, different musical styles and idioms, unfolding his vast range of playing the piano, along with his spectacular compositional skill. Through his outstanding international recordings for ECM, he has created a special and identifiable personal musical style by mixing elements of classic, jazz and ethnic music.Vassilis Tsabropoulos, having a rare for a Greek artist musical path to international stardom, returns one year after last year's dazzling appearance at Megaro Gyzi to present his still unreleased new compositional work; music intensely poetic, full of passion and skill, with a strong cinematic dimension to its narration."Eros and Soul" … a passionate journey into the musical world of the master of the piano Vassilis Tsabropoulos, a musician whose name is henceforth identified with the piano!

On August 20, 2011 the jazz trio Human Touch, one of the most famous, with personality and unique style, jazz bands in Greece. David Lynch (saxophones & flute), Stavros Lantsias (piano & keyboards) and Yiotis Kiourtsoglou (electric bass), having acquired their own unique identity in music as soloists, move in a wide range of rhythms, colours and emotional depth. Their direct and communicative music drifts the listener filling him with images and emotions. Human Touch is an innovative instrumental trio based in Athens, Greece. Their sound carries the nuances of their Greek, Irish-American and Cypriot backgrounds and is a personal hybrid of universal soul. They have played in several international jazz and ethnic festivals in Europe and have influenced whole generations of instrumentalists in Greece.

Megaro Gyzi, Fira   Santorini  
+30 22860 23077)
Free admission




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