Greg Makamian is a double bassist, and bandleader based in Cyprus.
Greg has had the opportunity to perform next to the legendary Freddie Redd at Smalls in NYC. He has also played with great musicians such as Chris Byars, Pasquale Grasso, Zaid Nasser, Pete Will Anderson, Keith Balla, Phil Stewart, Ofer Landsberg, Stefano Doglioni, Charis Ioannou, John Mosca, and many others.
Greg is in the process of recording an album with the Charis Ioannou, Ioannis Vafeas quartet, performing compositions by Chris Byars.
Recently, Greg performed with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the Charis Ioannou group, presenting the music of Charlie Parker – Bird with Strings.
In 2015, Greg performed at the Apollon Theater for Syros Jazz Festival.
He also took part in the Greece Jazz competition with the Cypriot band BopCy. The band won 2nd place in the competition.
As the bandleader of Mood Indigo, Greg has organized public concerts, club engagements, and music for private parties all around Cyprus, presenting the finest Cypriot Jazz musicians. The band has performed at the most prestigious events, including performing for the president of Cyprus numerous times.
In Summer 2014, Greg taught as Assistant Jazz Faculty at the Cyprus Academy of Music Summer School and Festival (CAMSSF).
Inspired by bassist/composers such as Oscar Pettiford, Ari Roland, Greg has been working on a book of his original compositions.
Greg works frequently with Charis Ioannou and Chris Byars and has performed at Smalls Jazz Club (NY), Fat Cat (NY), Garage (NY), Apollon Theater (Syros, GR), Paradise Jazz festival (CY), Rialto Theatre (CY), and the Ancient Amphitheater at Kurion (CY).