Paradise Jazz Festival

17th Paradise Jazz Festival

Dear friends

It gives us a great pleasure to share with you and announce the music program of the17th Paradise Jazz Festival, which will take place in beautiful Pomos Village, at Paradise Place during the weekend of Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th of August 2016.

5th & 6th of August 2016

17th Press Release

Dear friends of Paradise Jazz Festival

It gives us a great pleasure to share with you and announce the music program of the 17th Paradise Jazz Festival, which will take place in beautiful Pomos Village, at Paradise Place during the weekend of Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th of August 2016.

For this year we are happy to blend a rich program that contains 4 bands all together for both nights and an organized “After Hours Jazz Meeting” per night with Island`s best new projects, new cooperators, and special guests. We are so proud to have them all with us.  All together, like every year, musically it is a variety of different styles not to be missed.

More specific on Friday the 5th the festival will start on 9.30 pm with Christos Yerolatsitis Trio. Christos himself is a jazz pianist who lives in The Netherlands for the last 7 years. From 2009-2013 he followed the Jazz-Piano bachelor program at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and from 2013-2015 he continued with his master studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with the pianists Karel Boehlee and Harmen Franje. Christos has shared the stage with some of the best jazz musicians of the Dutch scene such as Benjamin Herman, John Ruocco, and Simon Rigter. He has attended workshops of Brad Mehldau, Jason Moran, Enrico Pieranunzi, Aaron Parks, and more. At the moment performs on a regular basis in several projects in and around the Netherlands both as a sideman and leader. Together with Andreas Rodosthenous on bass and Stelios Xydias on drums, he formed his trio where they mainly perform his original music.

We will continue at 10.30 pm with a dynamic presentation both from a music style perspective and in terms of the band`s composition. The ‘Afro Funk 6tet’ will perform for us standard jazz pieces with a similar style to their name. Group`s members, who are very well known to the Paradise Jazz Festival fans, are Michalis Michael trumpet) and George Krasides (sax) on horns, Giorgos Morfitis on keys, Rodos Panagiotou and George Koulas on percussion and drums (maybe in that order, maybe not) and on acoustic bass Irinaeos Koullouras. A very impressive and promising line–up.

Friday`s program (and Saturday`s) will end with ‘After Hours jazz meeting’, an organized jam session from selected attendees musicians who will be there all around Paradise Place to celebrate with us the 17th PjFestival!

On Saturday the 6th at 9.30 pm we will welcome on stage the ‘JACKET’ which is a 3 nation group formed by artists from Slovenia, Belgium, and Cyprus. The quintet will perform original compositions by each member, in the modern jazz style, presenting their latest published and unpublished work. The group is comprised of Jan Kus (sax), Ermis Michael (guitar), Andreas Panteli (piano), Cahit Kutrafali (bass), and Kristijan Krajncan (drums). The members first crossed paths in The Netherlands during their studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Being based in different cities around the world now, the five musicians reunite once again to explore each other’s work and present their new music at the 2016 Paradise Jazz Festival.

On our next theme, which will start around 11.00 pm we will present the The Gershwin Project’ by ‘Ioanna Troullidou Sextet’. It is a collection of favorite songs of the pianist and composer George Gershwin, some in a remake of the composer and saxophonist Chris Byars with a more modern yet classical approach, and others in a contemporize form. The project will be performed with their interpreting by the musicians Ioanna Troullidou in vocals, Charis Ioannou on saxophone, Elias Ioannou on trumpet, Marios Toumbas on piano, Irenaeos Koullouras on contrabass, and Ioannis Vafeas on drums.

The Festival will end as we mentioned above with the ‘After Hours jazz meeting’. For one more time, we underline that we feel very proud and privileged to have all these musicians with us and we like to thank them from our hearts for all their positive vibes.

We keep the price of the admission in a considering low price, for your convenience like last year (and many years before), on 10 euro per night.

At the venue, you will be able to find tasty food and drinks at reasonable prices. The place will also provide showers and if somebody wised don`t like to drink and drive, he could bring his tent for free camping… So come early and prepared…

On this point, we would to thank the wonderful and colorful fans of the Paradise Jazz Festival who with their magic support, they kept us going for so long. We also like to thank this year`s sponsors who with their contribution helped us organize a respectful event:
The Piraeus Bank, The Columbia Resorts, The Philokypros printings, The Music School Kyriakides, Ignatiou Sound & Lights, The Salomis Tavern, and of course many special thanks to our media sponsors Rock Fm and Kanali 6.
The last big-big thank you goes to all the Anonymous who offer from their hart all sorts of services to make this possible. `Couse they love it!!

Keep the dates in mind, plan well your summertime and I hope to see you all there!

We Thank you ALL

Αγαπητοί φίλοι του Paradise Jazz Festival

Σας καλωσορίζουμε όπως κάθε χρόνο το καλοκαιράκι στην αγαπημένη μας μουσική συνάντηση των φίλων της τζαζ και όχι μόνον, στο Paradise Jazz Festival, που φέτος κλείνει τα 17 του χρόνια! ...

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.

17th Paradise Jazz Festival Program

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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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