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Anastasios Gouliaris

Born in Athens, Greece he started his musical education at the age of 15 with the drummer Antonis Garinis and later on with Nikos Sidirokastritis. He continued with educator and sax player Sylvios Syrros at the Athenaeum Conservatory, where he took his diploma in drums and jazz improvisation. He took lessons with Billy Hart, Mark Guiliana and Adam Nussbaum. He studies classical percussion with Kostas Vorissis and Kostas Theodorakos. He is a graduate from the Athens University of Economics. He started his musical carrier with the jazz- ethnic group Avaton performing in Greece (Athens International Festival 2002, Just Dance Festival 2004 , as well as many music halls and jazz clubs) and Europe (2002 Balkan Square Festival in Fyrom and Serbia , 2004 Jazz progetto Festival in Cremona- Italy, 2005 Aquila- Italy) . In 2004 he participated at the recording of the bands’ 4th album called “x- Avaton” published by the independent record label “LYRA”. In 2005 he forms with dancers and choreographers Ioannis Mandafounis and Katerina Skiada the Lemurius Dance Company. Together they create and perform three plays of contemporary dance: “Shadows projection” 2005 Kalamata International Dance Festival, Balkan Dance Platform the same year, 2006 International dance festival of Prague. “Human Dimensions” 2006 - 4th Athens International Dance Festival. «Super production” 2010 Kinitiras performing center, 2011 Athens International Festival. In 2012 together with pianist Spyros Manesis and double bass player Arionas Gyftakis they form the Spiral Trio and they start performing in Greece and touring in Europe. In 2015 Spiral Trio was awarded with the First Prize at "Apollon Jazz Competition Greece" in the 1st Greek jazz competition. In 2017 they record their first album by ANKh Music Productions and in 2022 the second album “Broken Blue” by Odradek Records. He has collaborated with many musicians of the Jazz scene and he has performed in various jazz clubs and music halls in Greece and Europe. He is an active educator in Jazz drumming and improvisation teaching in music schools, private lessons and clinics.


Album Review

Spiral Trio: Broken Blue

Read "Broken Blue" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Pianist Spyros Manesis, bassist Arionas Gyftakis and drummer Anastasios Gouliaris came together as Spiral Trio in 2011 at the Athenaeum Conservatory in Athens. Manesis was teaching there, Gyftakis and Goulapis were studying. But there is no hint of hierarchy on Broken Blue where a genuine sense of egalitarian adventure defines the music. The trio has come some way since its standards-dominated debut, Spiral Trio (ANKh Music Productions, 2017), its sophomore recording featuring only one non-original—the surest sign of growing collective ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Broken Blue

Odradek Records


Spiral Trio

ANKh records


Blue Flower

From: Broken Blue
By Anastasios Gouliaris

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