Paradise Jazz Festival


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12th Paradise Jazz Festival

Dear friends

The 12th Paradise Jazz Festival is going to take place from the 29th of July until 6th of August 2011 in Pomos at the venue of Paradise Place.
Two Fridays & Saturdays full of good Jazz music, where 7 bands and 28 musicians are going to perform.

12th Paradise Jazz Festival poster

12th Press Release

Dear Friends of Paradise Jazz Festival!

The 12th Paradise Jazz Festival is going to take place from the 29th of July until the 6th of August 2011 in Pomos at the venue of Paradise Place. Two Fridays & Saturdays, full of good Jazz music, where 7 bands (28 musicians) are going to perform.

This year`s musical celebration will start on Friday 23th of July at 9.30 pm with the ‘Trio Smiles’ accompanied by Polish singer Gabriela Kozyra and flutist Eleonora Roussou. The trio was formed in 2003 by Stelios Papazoglou (Greece) on guitar, Andrea Rodosthenous on bass, and Rodos Panayiotou on drums. They will be performing a tribute to the great music of JOYCE (who is one of the great musical treasures of Brazil. Combines Brazilian rhythms, jazz harmonies, and intelligent lyrics).

On Saturday 29th of July, the night starts at 9 pm with the ‘Ofer Ganor Quartet’. One of the greatest Jazz Masters, Ofer Ganor, will be in Cyprus with a star-studded lineup featuring some of the finest musicians on the island. Ganor is a multi-award winner and recording artist and has played and recorded with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, James Moody, and many others. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this living legend in the flesh at Paradise Place during the 12th PJFestival! Joining him on stage will be Irinaeos Koullouras on bass, George Koulas on drums, and George Krasides on sax & clarinet.

The night continues with more big names! The well-known Israeli drummer Asaf Sirkis will perform with his Trio. They have played at many festivals around Europe, and have received rave reviews from magazines and other media. As individual artists, they have made many recordings and performed with a great number of musicians. Asaf himself was one of the original members of Gilad`s Atzmon band – The Orient House Ensemble – and he has recorded 7 albums with him. His Trio consists of Tassos Spiliotopoulos (Greece) on guitar and Yaron Stavi on bass. The concert starts at 11 pm.

For next`s week Friday & Saturday we have 4 bands playing!

On Friday the 5th of August, the night starts with ‘Tat-Tnabar’. They were created by Lefteris Moschovias in Cyprus during the summer of 2000, and their goal is to break away from the usual musical trends, by utilizing anything but the usual musical instruments, with the source of their inspiration originating from the musical history of Africa. They are hymn singers, percussionists, healers, dancers, and troubadours and only use self-made musical instruments from recycled materials.

Later in the night, we present a band with a superb lineup. The ‘Kafeney Houseband’ by Alkis Agathokleous on nei, Savvas Houvartas on guitar, George Koulas on drums & Andrea Rodosthenous on the bass. The aim of the band is musical communication and band improvisation using traditional and modern music together with original compositions. Their music elements contain explosive changes of motion thru a specific sound color and expressive freedom. The quartet is performing regularly at “Kafeney” in Limassol and soon are going to record their first album with original compositions. Joining them as a special guest at the festival will be vocalist Vicky Anastasiou who will enrich the quartet`s sound.

Saturday 6th of August at night starts with a band that Stelios Xydias is introducing to our festival called ‘Quarteto Nuevo’. Consisted of Mauricio Gomez– sax (Spain), Isaac Martin– guitar (Spain) Andrea Rodosthenous – bass, and Stelios himself on drums. All the members of the band attended the Rotterdam Conservatorium of Music in the Netherlands where they met. The music they play is mostly their original plus music from the traditional and modern jazz repertoire.

The 12th PJFestival will end with one of the most famous artists worldwide – saxophonist Tony Lakatos. He has performed as a saxophone soloist in numerous jazz/pop/rock recordings and concerts. Tony has played the saxophone on 350 LP/CD recordings as a leader or as a sideman. He will be joining the ‘Charis Ioannou Quartet’. Charis Ioannou will be on the alto sax, Ioannis Vafeas on drums, Marios Toumpas on keys & Michalis Messios on bass.

Youngsters between 12 & 16 years old, students & soldiers pay half price and for kids under 12 years old the entrance is free
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.

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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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