Take Five with Christos Delasito

Christos Sitokonstantinou By

Sign in to view read count

Meet Christos Delasito:

Christos Delasito is a classical percussionist. Christos has been an orchestral member for many years (Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, Volos Symphonic Orchestra) performing numerous concerts in Athens Megaron, Thessaloniki Megaron and many festivals all around Greece. He is a founding member of many percussion bands (Percaddiction, Kroustodia, ΣΩΘ Percussion Quartet) and the ska-reggae lifetime project Band Fatale, while at the same time he engaged in various other ensembles (Anatolika Zitimata, Mr Pulse). He has composed original score for many theatrical and contemporary dance performances. He formed Delasito project, which acts as his main vehicle of artistic expression. Guided by the special and atmospheric sound of the vibraphone, Delasito project have developed a lively repertoire of original compositions based on influences from the jazz/ funk scene as well as classical music and free improvisation. In June of '20 they released the first album with original compositions Filodia.



Teachers and/or influences?

Kostas Hanis, my teacher in classical percussion, influenced me deeply in the approach of the music. Ι love the work of Ney Rosauro and Emmanuel Séjourné for classical percussion instruments and of course I admire jazz vibraphone composers such as Gary Burton, Johnny Lytle and Cal Tjader.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...

I got my diploma in classical percussion.

Your sound and approach to music:

I love the enchanting sound of vibraphone and I want to reveal all its melodic range. I also like polyrythmics and "tricky" measures.

Your teaching approach:

I want to make them to understand tha music is a way to express their feeilngs,to develop interesting skills, to learn to cooperate with others. I try to combine classical with modern educational methods.

Road story: Your best or worst experience:

In the K.O.TH. Underground Festival in Thessaloniki. In 30 minutes we had to be ready the Delasito project band, 14 body percussionists and seven dancers for our show. We succeeded and we had a great gig!

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?

Keith Jarrett: The Koln Concert. The definition of "music to my ears"

The first Jazz album I bought was:

Miles Davis: Kind of Blue

How would you describe the state of jazz today?

Jazz is like a living organism. Always in a continuous evolution without limits.

What is in the near future?

As all the musicians in the world, I am waiting for the end of the Covid crisis so I could go on a tour for my debut album Filodia. Can't wait for playing again live in front of audience. I miss the the energy and all the emotions of a live show.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Very interesting question. Goran Bregovic "In the Death Car" with the voice of Iggy Pop.

What is your favorite song to whistle or sing in the shower?

Haha! I never sing in the bathroom but I am trying and checking grooves for my new compositions!

If I could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be and why?

I would love to have dinner with George Gershwin. A genius composer who combined classical and jazz music. Photo courtesy Christos Delasito

Post a comment



Shop Amazon


Interview with Take Five with Joanie Pallatto
Take Five With...
Take Five with Joanie Pallatto
Interview with Take Five with Camila Ronza
Take Five With...
Take Five with Camila Ronza
Interview with Take Five with David Larsen
Take Five With...
Take Five with David Larsen
Interview with Take Five with Dennis Winge
Take Five With...
Take Five with Dennis Winge
Interview with Take Five with Marcio Resende
Take Five With...
Take Five with Marcio Resende
Interview with Take Five with Zvonimir Tot
Take Five With...
Take Five with Zvonimir Tot
Interview with Take Five with Matthew Alec
Take Five With...
Take Five with Matthew Alec
Interview with Take Five With Roman Miroshnichenko


All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.