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NEWS: RECORDING

Greek drummer and composer Billy Pod releases Drums to Heal Society on Puzzlemusik

Greek drummer and composer Billy Pod releases Drums to Heal Society on Puzzlemusik

Drums to Heal Society—contemporary jazz that draws on elements of free improvisation, pop-electronica and rock to create a sound of unified diversity mirroring human experience in modern society. “Billy is an accomplished composer and arranger with both a great command of his instrument and the sensitivity to create authentic music with others.’’ —Tivon Pennicott, Saxophonist for Gregory ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist / Composer Konstantinos Papachristou Releases New Contemporary Jazz Album "The Darkness Of A Fairy Tale"

Saxophonist / Composer Konstantinos Papachristou Releases New Contemporary Jazz Album "The Darkness Of A Fairy Tale"

The Darkness of a Fairy Tale is the debut album from Greek composer and saxophonist Konstantinos Papachristou, and describes the journey of a man who receives the “wake-up call" and begins his own inner search for the meaning of life. Konstantinos composed a thematic album of modern jazz music that gains a dark programmatic mood, which ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Athens Aqua Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Athens Aqua Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

Athens Aqua Jazz Festival
Athens, Greece
July 9-12 2018

Jazz, like many other things, lives a precarious life in post-crisis Greece. Despite a widespread talent, as demonstrated by the numerous jazz musicians from Greece who live and record abroad and overseas, the jazz scene in Greece is fragmented and much ...

Louis Hayes: Still Moving Straight Ahead

Read "Louis Hayes: Still Moving Straight Ahead" reviewed by Joan Gannij

Louis Hayes will turn 80 on May 31 (2017), but the party is still goin' hearty. He started celebrating this milestone back in February with an 18-day tour that began in Barcelona and concluded in jny: Amsterdam. It was mostly one-nighters with three nights in jny: Athens, two in jny: Paris and jny: London appearances at ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Petros Klampanis Blends the Colors of Emotion and Experience into a Rich Portrait of Humanity on his first Large Ensemble Album, "Chroma"

Petros Klampanis Blends the Colors of Emotion and Experience into a Rich Portrait of Humanity on his first Large Ensemble Album, "Chroma"

Motéma Music Debut, out now, features the Bassist/Composer’s Gifted Jazz Quintet (Gilad Hekselman, Shai Maestro, John Hadfield, Keita Ogawa) with a Vivid String Section Recorded in association with The Onassis Foundation USA Bassist/composer Petros Klampanis has absorbed a vibrant palette of colors over the course of a varied musical life journey, including Mediterranean and Balkan folk music of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sokratis Sinopoulos: Eight Winds

Read "Eight Winds" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Ecco un lavoro davvero molto particolare, che prende ispirazione dalla musica tradizionale per realizzare impasti di impianto jazzistico, traendoli per giunta da una regione--la Grecia--la cui tradizione, splendida, è stata piuttosto sottovalutata in questo contesto.

Ne è autore Sokratis Sinopoulos, poco più che quarantenne specialista della lyra, strumento tradizionale dell'area egea, che ha coltivato ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tania Giannouli Ensemble: Transcendence

Read "Transcendence" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Athens-based composer-pianist Tania Giannouli's main area of interest is mixed-media--combining music with poetic texts, visuals, theater plays or art installations. Similarly, Giannouli compositions for her sophomore album Transcendence (after Forest Stories, a duet with Portuguese reed player Paulo Chagas, Rattle Records, 2011) blends elements from her classically-trained background, contemporary music, and European chamber jazz--inspired by the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eleni Karaindrou: Concert in Athens

Read "Concert in Athens" reviewed by John Kelman

For more than two decades, Eleni Karaindrou has been composing film scores for Theo Angelopoulos and releasing soundtracks on ECM, including Ulysses' Gaze (1995), with violist Kim Kashkashian, and Music for Films, where Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek performs music from the Greek film director's The Beekeeper (1986). Concert in Athens isn't Karaindrou's first live recording; 2006's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sommer / Yannatou / Floridis / Voulgaris / Kastanis: Songs for Kommeno

Read "Songs for Kommeno" reviewed by John Eyles

Songs for Kommeno was recorded between March 2011 and April 2012, as a homage to the village of Kommeno on the west coast of Greece. In 1943, soldiers of the German Wehrmacht massacred 317 of Kommeno's civilian inhabitants and torched the village. A 156-page book accompanies the CD, containing first-person accounts detailing the experiences of a ...