Meet George Stavroulakis: George Stravoulakis was born in Athens in 1978 and has been active in the Greek jazz scene since 2006. Stravoulakis has played with renowned Greek artists like Kostas Konstantinou, George Georgiadis, Seraphim Bellos, Dimitris Pantelias, Pantelis Benetatos and many others. Outside of his jazz-oriented activities, Stravoulakis also performs in rock groups and has toured Greece, Cyrpus and Belgium. He is currently performing with O3 and The Burning Sticks while working as a sideman for various ensembles.
In June 2013, Stravoulakis won the "Best Guitarist" award at Ukraine's world jazz festival/contest. The festival featured famous jazz improvisers from 16 countries including Hernan Jay Rodriguez, Melvin Taylor
. On the other hand I am really fascinated by Tim Miller and Allan Holdsworth so I have both approaches and sonic influences.
Your teaching approach: I think that everyone should be taught and exposed to jazz greats, including the bebop era. Students should familiarize themselves with basic forms like blues, rhythm changes. Transcriptions are also a must.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why? Really hard to pick but I would say John Coltrane