Paradise Jazz Festival


11th Paradise Jazz Festival poster

11th Paradise Jazz Festival

Dear friends

Here we go again... When we started our musical meetings in the late 90`s it was very hard to find Jazz musicians on the island. Now things are very different and unfortunately we cannot have them all on two weekends! There are the musicians that live and work here, also there are ...

11th Paradise Jazz Festival poster

11th Press Release

Dear Friends of Paradise Jazz Festival!

Here we go again… When we started our musical meetings in the late 90s it was very hard to find Jazz musicians on the island. Now things are very different and unfortunately we cannot have them all on two weekends! There are the musicians that live and work here, also there are the ones who come here during the summer holidays and bring their friends with them. This makes for an interesting mix of music and creativity which Paradise Place is proud to present! So we have 9 different bands, and 33 musicians on two separate weekends of Fridays & Saturdays on the 23rd, 24th & 30th, 31st of July!

On Friday 23rd at 9 pm, we welcome you for the first time @ Paradise Place Andreas Panteli his Quartet. He is coming with the saxophonist Jan Kus from Slovenia for his second appearance at our Jazz Festival, Giorgos Galopoulos from Athens on the contrabass,  Christos Konstandinides from Salonika on drums & Andreas Panteli from Cyprus on piano. The band got together in Rotterdam and plays original compositions of Andrea Panteli and standards of Modern jazz.

At 11 pm same night follows the Charis Ioannou Trio featuring Zaid Nasser (U.S.A) and Vahagn Hayrapetyan (Armenia). Except for Chari Ioannou who plays sax, the Trio includes Michael Messios on bass and Ioannis Vafeas on drums. They have been playing together for about 5 years now and have already made numerous appearances at clubs and festivals around Cyprus, England, Poland, Kuwait, Greece, and Serbia. This time, joining them on piano will be Vahagn Hayrapetyan and on alto sax Zaid Nasser. The music that will be performed at the festival can be characterized as Authentic Classic Jazz which is deeply rooted in the American tradition of the 1940s and 1950s.  Don’t miss this rear appearance of this international band as the experience of the music that is to be performed is guaranteed to mesmerize the audience!

On the next day, Saturday 24th, at 9 pm we present the Kafeney Quartet featuring Pavlina Konstantopoulou. They are a local group whose two of the members have had many performances @ Paradise Place in the past! Alkis Agathokleous who is playing ney & cumbus and Savvas Houvartas who is playing guitar. Nicolas Tryphonos is on double bass and Andreas Stefanou is on drums & percussions.  Pavlina on vocals joins in to complete the band. They are going to perform new standards, original compositions, and free improvisations. The band was formed in Limassol two years ago for the joy of playing music.

The first weekend finishes with the Giorgos Galopoulos Quintet also another international group that got together in Rotterdam & plays original compositions of Giorgos Galopoulos. They have a more Traditional Jazz style & Modern Jazz elements. In the band is Michael Gyorek from Slovenia on alto sax, Mauri Gomez from Spain on tenor sax & the Athenian Giorgos Galopoulos on contrabass. Giorgos Morfitis who is on piano & Stelios Xydias on drums are from Cyprus & we are very happy to have them again at our festival.

17 Musicians will take place on the first weekend of the 11th PJFestival & we thank them all for coming!

There will be 16 more musicians on the following weekend which are going to kick off on Friday 30th of July at 9 pm, with a bit of Latin Jazz & the “Branco  Trio” featuring Eleonora Rousou on flute. “Branco Trio” which means “pure” in Brazilian, is a band consisting of Andreas Stefanou on the drums, George Xanthou on the guitar, and Andreas Rodosthenous on the bass. Their music expresses a mixture of traditional and modern Brazilian influences starting from the great “Antonio Carlos Jobim” to the modern sound of the “Nosso Trio“. This music is very inspirational due to its rich tradition, history, and sound that has been created through the years. Always with the element of improvisation the “Branco Trio” is trying to pass on the beauty of this music and its character! This summer at the 11th PJFestival they will be featuring Eleonora Rousou on the flute!

The program will continue at 11 pm with the “Alexander Gagatsis Quartet.” Alexander wants to perform his compositions live in front of the Paradise Place public first, before going into the recording studios this autumn. In the band is Charis Ioannou on sax, Tasos Stylianou on guitar, Fulvio Buccafusco on double bass.  Alexander Gagatsis plays the drums.

For Saturday 31st last day of our Jazz Festival we will have 3 different shows for you!
We will start with a duo and the brilliant Lee Westwood who comes from England. With him, he will have as a special guest, the Cypriot violinist Pavlos Michaelides. Lee is a guitarist and composer that dedicates much of his time to tuning DADGAD & exploits the instrument’s many facets to create eclectic modern lullabies for the steel-strung acoustic guitar, using new dynamics and approaches in his pieces.
Pavlos Michaelides who had just recently performed @ Paradise Place for the first time is going to join Lee with his violin in this musical journey!

Next up will be the Trio Errant also from England featuring Nathaniel Butler on drums, Lee Blackmore on guitar & Colin Somervell on bass, who is a familiar face in Cyprus from his performances with our friends Trio Teke.  This is classical jazz, guitar trio that explores the standards in its unique way and with its arrangements.

The last band for this year’s festival is playing music for the soul with mostly blues elements and is called “The Zilla Project”.  It is a newly formed 4-piece band playing its version of the blues with many allusions to all styles of American music. They deliver electrified versions of well-known blues classics (in an energetic and supercharged 2-hour set). They consist of Emmanuel Vourakis (who we saw last year here with the Blues Wire) on vocals and electric guitars, Nikolas “Honeyman” Melis on the keys, Omiros Andreou on bass (we know him from the 40 Plus), and “Zilla” a.k.a George Nikolaidis on the drums. You cannot afford to miss ‘THIS’  spectacular and majestic event at ‘Paradise Place’.

Our price for tickets will be lower than last year`s giving the chance for more people to follow the event.
Each day costs 15 Euro!

Also friendly prices for drinks! Food will be available.

Thank you!

Paradise Place

Relax, chill-out, kick off your shoes, sip on a long refreshing drink, and enjoy the company of staff, after all, you are in Paradise. The Place is unique. Situated in Pomos, in the north-western corner of Cyprus, the area blessed with a wonderful dramatic rocky coastline and villages where time is still valued. The building is delightfully quirky in character: but then, it is the home of the famous Paradise Jazz Festival.

Since its establishment in 1999, Paradise Jazz Festival has become a household name for music and profoundly jazz lovers all over the island and even internationally. Each year we take pride in presenting our unique selection of jazz melodies and uniting jazz lovers from all over the beautiful island of Cyprus in moments of harmony and happiness.
We thank them all, musicians, our fantastic audience, and our sponsors who without their psychological help and financial contribution in these difficult times, our events would no longer exist.
Another great-great thank you goes to all volunteers who each one of them is helping us with their own way to organize this event in its finest way. Their help is touching our hearts and is boosting our creativity.
"We're an expanding group of friends with respect to nature and love to music who gets together once a year in a place full of inspiration, sunsets, moons, breeze, and sea, with the mood to celebrate and share quality timeless moments … Everything happens with a simplicity that is hard to find".

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