9th Paradise Jazz Festival
The 9th PJFestival is coming back to the original venue, at
9th Press Release
Dear friends of Paradise Jazz Festival
The 9th PJFestival is coming back to the original venue, at Paradise Place with no big costs, no big sponsorships, just between friends and familiar faces. Back on the small stage with unplugged sound, next to the bar, it is very intimate the way we like it. In order to get as much inspiration as possible, we have moved the dates of the festival to the 25th, 26th and 27th July 2008, to make it easier for students, families and new friends to attend, many of whom have working and studying commitments. Anyway, July’s sunsets are as good as September’s! This year`s festival is dedicated to Cypriot Musicians, their projects & their collaborations. It is an invitation to them, to recognize the progress they have made in the last years.
So, we are going to start Friday 25th July at 8 pm with the Latin Jazz group ‘Trio Smiles’ who are well-known here at Paradise Place, featuring the Portuguese singer ‘Magda Mendes’ who stole the hearts of the crowd with her performance last year. Together they are going to take us on a trip from the ‘Fado’ of her country to the ‘Latin & Salsa’ sounds of Brazil. Stelios Papazoglou is on guitar, Andreas Rodosthenous is on electric bass, and Rodos Panagiotou is on drums and percussions. Is a great way to open our Festival with a group that has already won the hearts of the patrons of Paradise Place.
For Saturday the 26th of July again at 8 pm we go on with Classic Jazz and the Irinaeos Trios feat. Elizabeth Simonian and Ofer Ganor, are a collection of musicians who are pushing the boundaries of Cypriot Jazz music. Who have supported us and have achieved a way of keeping our Jazz music alive for which we sincerely thank them. To be followed by our upcoming devotees of the ‘Jazz trend’, who hopefully will follow in their footsteps to keep, Jazz an ongoing tradition for ‘Paradise Jazz, for many years to come. Irinaeos Koullouras is on acoustic bass, George Koulas is on drums, and George Krasides is on sax and clarinet. With them will be Elizabeth Simonian and her spectacular voice. Ofer Ganor acoustic guitarist topped the charts with his magnificent performance, as experienced here four years ago, and is great to have him back. Altogether this quintet will make The 9th PJFestival an unforgettable and absorbing experience.
Sunday 27th July commences at 7 pm and is dedicated to more experimental forms, with Tat-Tnabar, a powerful percussion group with five talented professional performers from the theatrical dance/music scene. This percussion team was put together by Lefteris Moshovias in year2000 and has as a target to escape from the usual standard instruments used as a source of inspiration the African music history. They write music for theatre plays, movies and documentaries, with the use of household utensils and everyday appliances. Their music has been ‘Theatre Awarded’ for the ‘Best Music’. Years 2005/2006- 2006/2007. Tat-Tnabar are well known in Cyprus and abroad as Freestyle Percussionists.
The ‘3 Day Music Celebration’ is going to finish with Andreas Georgiou Ethnic Jazz Trio a musical journey in contemporary European jazz, with explicit Ethnic characteristics and impressionistic improvisation. The three artists – Andreas Georgiou on guitars, Gabriel Karapatakis on bass, and Rodos Panagiotou on drums and percussions – will present compositions by Andreas Georgiou, who is one of the most important personalities in European jazz, he has 9 personal CDs and collaborations with some of the greatest musicians worldwide ….Eberhard Weber, Airto Moreira, Rainer Bruninghaus, Reto Weber, Paul Mccandless, Mark Walker, Ramesh Shotham …
During the Festival will operate a canteen with snacks.
You cannot afford to miss ‘THIS’ spectacular and majestic event! Let`s all be there!
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".