Pianist, composer, improviser and band leader, Tania Giannouli is one of the most vital voices in contemporary Greek/European music. Classically trained, she often employs improvisation in her musical practice. Her three albums in the eclectic New Zealand art-music label, Rattle - Forest Stories (2012, with Paulo Chagas), Transcendence (2015) and Rewa (with Maori instrumentalist Rob Thorne), have all received wide international acclaim, with Transcendence cited as one of the most important Greek albums of the decade, and Rewa acclaimed as a unique and inspired collaboration. Her new album In Fading Light with her unusual trio (piano, oud and trumpet) was released in November 2020, by Rattle.
The Tania Giannouli Trio first performed together at the legendary Jazzfest Berlin in 2018. The Downbeat review described their music as “compelling melodies with rolling momentum … like Manfred Eicher’s dream of a Mediterranean holiday”. German magazine Jazzthetik cited the concert among the best of 2018, while All About Jazz placed the trio’s concerts at Wonderfeel Festival and Zomer Fits Jazz Tour among the highlights of 2019.
Tania is currently collaborating with singer Maria Pia De Vito and percussionist Michele Rabbia on an electroacoustic project, The Book of Lost Songs, which premiered at Enjoy Jazz Festival 2020 and is scheduled to be performed at the legendary contemporary music festival Ars Musica in Brussels, while her solo piano concert at Enjoy Jazz 2020 (Kunsthalle Mannheim) was praised by the Jazzwise magazine.