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15th Paradise Jazz Festival

Dear friends

This year`s Paradise Jazz Festival is like an extension of last`s year event for two very important reasons. Firstly, like last year, the festival is again a collaboration between Paradise Place and the best jazz musicians on the island.

8th & 9th of August 2014

15th Press Release

Dear friends of Paradise Jazz Festival

This year`s Paradise Jazz Festival is like an extension of last`s year event for two very important reasons.
Firstly, like last year, the festival is again a collaboration between Paradise Place and the best jazz musicians on the island. They are the ones who not only kept the festival alive at this time of great challenges but they also brought a whole new dynamic and another perspective to this much-loved event. They participate “because we love it!” and following last`s year success, they are preparing new collaborations and projects specifically for the event. We have to underline here that the establishment of PJF means a lot to the Cyprus Jazz Musicians who are willing to present the best out for us to enjoy.
The second reason is that this year, the same guys who ended last year`s celebration so magically on the Jam Session will be kicking off both nights of the festival. Some of them were only 17 then. It is great to welcome the younger generation on their first official appearance. One of the main targets of the PJF is to contribute to the development of music education and watch the new generation take their rightful place on the stage, with the guidance of veterans of the genre. This year’s festival will blend a program by renowned jazz players with the diversity of the various groups taking part and guarantee two nights of enjoyable and quality music in the enchanting location of Pomos.

So we will meet on Friday the 8th, time 9.30 pm on our annual date and stage will be a newly formed fusion group, the ‘Groovebenders’. Members of the band are composer and bassist Michael Messios, guitarist Andreas Vasiliou and drummer Andreas Theodorou. One could easily call it “…the electric side of Michael Messios…” The musicians met at the music department of Nicosia University last year. The chemistry between them was obvious from the first session so forming the trio was the natural thing to do. Their repertoire varies from the sounds of the Breaker Brothers to Scott Henderson and John Scofield…The musicality and innovative spirit of all three, promise a fresh and energetic approach to music…

Next thing at 10.30 pm we will see and hear the “acoustic” side of Michael Messios where he will perform with his group ‘Michael Messios Symmetry Band’. The band consists of the composer Michael Messios (double bass), George Krasides (saxophones), Marios Toumbas (piano), and Ioannis Vafeas (drums). All four musicians are alumni of the prestigious American College Berklee of Boston, have a long course in the music scene in Cyprus and abroad through participation in International Jazz Festival. The band plays exclusively Michael Messios compositions from his last job, which are influenced by both modern and traditional jazz. The music is defined by strong melodies, modern harmony, and complex rhythmic patterns. The variety in style and sound configurations hold the listener’s interest during the performances.

We will continue on the third show at 11.30 pm with the ‘SUR Quintet’. This band is a newly formed band consisting of 5 individuals with exceptional music skills who came together, especially for PJF in Pomos. Trumpeter Elias Ioannou, pianist Giorgos Morfitis, bass player Andreas Rodosthenous, drummer Andreas “Kolas” Stefanou, and percussionist Rodos Panagiotou came together and fused modern Jazz harmony with Latin American Rumba and other Cuban folk beats and Toques. The energy combined with the arrangement of the tunes; results to be explosive, very pleasant, and entertaining no less for the performers who are involved in this project as well as the audience. The band will perform original compositions by Giorgos Morfitis and Andreas Rodosthenous as well as some renowned tunes by great composer/performer Alain Perez.

The night will end with our ordinary Jam Session where everything melts in one searching for the loose mood to set free improvisations, rhythms, and harmonies. Here is where new ideas are coming alive and future collaborations. Here is when we get that loose feeling under the stars in the magic of the night.

Saturday 9th of August and on time 9.30 pm we will start with a company of young musicians which is called ‘The Original Quartet’. Is a recently formed band that will present original compositions and unique arrangements. The band consists of Marios Charalambous on saxes, Giannis Leandrou on the piano, Kyriaco Kesta on the bass, and Andreas Combos on the drums.  Each of them shares the same love for good music and puts together his creativity and abilities to give out something authentic and meaningful to the audience. This is the bands’ virginal appearance in this Festival and its first-ever public performance. Let`s give them a big welcome!

To continue on 10.30 pm we will present a great musical ensemble, ‘The Amalgamation Project’. Vasiliki Anastasiou group`s founder is a vocalist from Cyprus. She created the Project to sing stories from around her ‘neighborhood’, to try and glue together traditional sounds of the Balkan peninsula and the Mediterranean breeze with jazz harmony and improvisation. The project has performed at the radio show A world in London (SOAS radio), at the Global mixtape (Croydon radio), and various venues in London (Green Note, St. Ethelburgas, Art cage, SOAS University). Vasiliki’s solo performances include Hong Kong (for the premiere of the film Axis of Light), Qatara Art Centre in Doha for an Educational concert, 6th and 7th International River Film Festival in Padova/Italy. In the United Kingdom at the Europe House, Shepherds Bush Empire, 2012 May Ball, Peterhouse Theatre in Cambridge, Hollywell Music Room in Oxford, at the British Museum also at the 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education that took place at Megaro Mousikis (Thessaloniki, Greece). Group`s members are Vasiliki Anastasiou on vocals/compositions, Ermis Michail on guitar/arrangements, Alkis Agathokleous Ney, Andreas Rodosthenous on fretless electric bass, and Stelios Xydias on drums.

We left for last, at 11.30 pm, the group that by right they deserve to be the highlight of our program. They have been the leaders of jazz in Cyprus and they have been the inspiration for the younger ones. They played for the first time at our festival 13 years ago. On their performance on ‘International Jazz Day this year, someone could feel how time has worked on their side. We are talking about the ‘Irinaeos Trio’, who of course are Irinaeos Koullouras on the acoustic bass, Giorgos Koulas on drums, and Giorgos Krasides on saxophone. In their repertoire, there are pieces carefully chosen from jazz in general and authentic compositions. Their style is a mix of modern jazz, trad, Mediterranean, and ethnic which results in a unique and authentic musical trademark. With them will join on stage the magnificent jazz guitarist Ofer Ganor who will fly to Cyprus, especially for the event …

We will conclude the evening with the ultimate celebration in our established Jam Session in which we invite all musicians from all over the island that is involved with jazz music to take part. In this way, they will arise new collaborations and future presentations. They are very welcome! Together with the ‘Cyprus Jazz Musicians’, who will be all there to support us, we will end up this great experience!

On this point, we like to give a big thank you to all ‘Cyprus Jazz Musicians’ that will take part for their willingness to contribute, with this fantastic slogan ‘cause we love it“, in the realization of this year’s Festival. We reciprocate our love and promise them that Paradise Jazz will always be by their side. It is because of them the small cost of the contribution per night that includes three bands and a Jam Session at 10 euro!

Let`s all be there! Thank you ALL!

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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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Photos by Angelina Demosthenous

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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