Paradise Jazz Festival

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Adriano Adewale

Adriano Adewale

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Afonso Correa

Afonso Correa, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was drummer and percussionist. In 1987 he moved to Hamburg. 
Since 2002 he lived in Copenhagen. On the Danish musical scene he played in many different connections. Among others he was the drummer in Thomas Clausen Brazilian Quartet for many years. Afonso had played as a guest with the singers Vini Iuel, Silvana Malta and Vanja Santos.

For many years he had worked with pianist Steen Rasmussen.
In 2006 he joined the famous jazz violinist Svend Asmussen (at that time 90 years old) on his Scandinavian concert tour. 
In 2012 Afonso toured in Hong Kong, China and South Korea with the Brazilian guitar comet Diego Figueiredo.
Afonso Correa died 30/11/2017, Denmark.

On our festival he appeared with Thomas Clausen on piano, Fernando De Marco on bass, Idris Rahman on clarinet, sax on Sunday 9th of September 2007

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Ahmet Elmes

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Alberto Méndez

Alberto Méndez is a Cuban singer that studied music theory and choir conducting in a conservatory in Santiago de Cuba. After his graduation was part of the National Choir of Cuba. Was always very connected and felt identified with the Cuban popular music so in 2009 started singing with well-known Cuban bands like Pupy y los que Son Son and Havana C.

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Alekos Papadopoulos

Alekos Papadopoulos (born 1963) is a Greek percussionist.

He has been a member of Trio Balkano, Trio Praxis, Ευοί Ευάν, Ποντοπόροι. In 2015 he released his first solo album, Kroustomania.

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Alexandros Ktistakis

Studied modern music and jazz performance in Athens and received his master’s degree in Music Performance with the Music Department of the Ionian University. He has participated in the World Jazz Conference organized by the Berklee College of Music. He has attended private lessons with Ron Savage, Ralph Peterson, Lee Pierson, Antonio Sanchez.

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He has collaborated in jazz, latin-jazz, funk και fusion-Jazz with great drummers like  Anthony Jackson, Eric Marienthal, Bireli Lagrene, Tony Lakatos, Bob Francheschini, Brett Garsed, Mark Murphy, Frank Gambale, Mitchel Forman, Alex Foster, Dave Friedman, Bobby Few, Mike Miller, Abram Wilson, Miles Griffith, Greg Beily, Amik Guerra, Soweto Kinch, Denys Baptiste, Jason Yarde, Rex Richardson, Paul Clarvis, Tony Remy, Reiner Witzel, Igor Lumpert, Joel Soto, George Kontrafouris, Takis Paterelis, Vasilis Rakopoulos, Dimitris Vasilakis, Giorgos Fakanas, Antonis Andreou, Dimitris Tsakas, Kostas Baltazanis, Dimos Dimitriadis, and others.
He has worked with some of the most established Greek artists of Modern Greek music and he has participated in many jazz recordings. He teaches in the Jazz Pathway of the Music Department of the Ionian University, he teaches drums and is the artistic director of Lab Music Education in Athens and Eraklion, Crete. He has also participated in numerous educational seminars of the Modern Music School International (Matthias Webel, Hans-Peter Becker).

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Andreas Theodorou

Andreas Theodorou graduated from the Music Lyceum of Nicosia in 2011, majoring in Percussion Performance while also studying Jazz Drums with Ioannis Vafeas, Piano Performance, and Music Theory with Yiannos Savvides.
Following his graduation, Andreas commenced his further music studies at Rotterdam’s Conservatory (Codarts), majoring in Drums Performance.

Andreas Theodorou has participated in various music seminars, workshops, and master-classes including the famous drummer JoJo Mayer’s workshops in Rotterdam.
Other Workshops participation are with Fotis Yiannopoulos’ master-class, Aaron Spears’ workshop and regular participation in Fulbright’s Jazz master-classes. Since 2012 Andreas has been working as a session musician, collaborating with various artists including Savvas Savva, Michael Messios Stelios Dionysiou, Alkinoos Ioannides, Antonis Remos, Antonis Vardis, Koullis Theodorou and others. He performed with the Groovebenders on 15th PjFestival.

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Andreas Vassiliou

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Andreas Vassiliou was born in Larnaca at 1987. He begun his music journey from a very young age, where he was taking part in various concerts playing the guitar.
He completed his musical studies in the University of Nicosia with a Bachelors in Jazz Performance.
Today he is composing original songs and teaches guitar and theory on all levels while maintaining his love for live music and taking part in various music groups around Cyprus.

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Ben Davis

Ben Davis is a cellist from the United Kingdom known for his improvisation. His group Basquiat Strings was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2007. He is a member of the F-IRE Collective. Ben self-stated aim is to make “alternative string music that people want to listen to”.

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His group, Basquiat Strings, originated as a standard string quartet (two violins, a viola and a cello). Only later did cellist Davis decide to add double bass “to strengthen the rhythmic accompaniment”. Ben Davis studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later at the Banff School of Fine Arts with Dave Holland.
He has since pursued a varied musical career encompassing classical, world, pop, early music and jazz. He hasp performed with Django Bates, Hassan Erraji, The Dufay Collective, Evan Parker, Christine Tobin, Steve Buckley, Huw Warren, Jason Yarde, Kylie Minogue, Julian Joseph, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the R. S. C.
He has recorded with Claire Martin, Jamiroquai, Ingrid Laubrock, Oriole, Julia Biel, Patricia Kass, D-Influence and the Ben Davis Group, which was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz On 3 programme.
He recently completed a world tour with the French super-star, Patricia Chass and also formed The Jazz Cello Trio featuring Phil Robson. Ben Davis also teaches jazz cello and has led workshops for kids.

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Christos Konstandinides

Christos Konstantinidis, born in Serres, Greece on the 14th of March 1985, has been developing a passion for music since the age of twelve when he got his first drum courses from Sotiris Ladias. He has devoted himself professionally to music ever since the completion of his school education. With a particular interest for improvisational music and Jazz, he enrolled to the conservatory of Thessaloniki where he studied subjects ranging from Harmony and Theory of Music to Classic Percussion.

In 2005 he decided to attend  a preparatory year in the conservatory of Rotterdam in Netherlands, where he completed his rich musical education in 2010. He has worked, co-operated, learned and performed with various important musicians, from a contribution at an early age to the recording of a new album by the well-known Greek band “Μωρά στη Φωτιά” to accomplished musicians such as Hans van Oosterhout, Peter Ypma, Joost Kroon, Joost Patocka, Lucas van Meerewijk, Owen Hart jr., Hein van de Gein, Kris Goessens, Jeff Ballard, Billy Hart, James Carter, John Abercrombie, Mark Guilliana, Jim Black. He has been an active performer with various projects, both in Greece and abroad (Cyprus, Netherlands). Since 2010 he is based in Athens where he is performing and teaching

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Christos Rafalides

Christos Rafalides
Christos Rafalides
Christos Rafalides

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Dominic Galea

Dominic Galea was born in 1965. He developed a taste for jazz at a very young age and studied jazz piano with his father Sammy and later in London with pianist/composer Stan Tracey. He furthered his studies in composition with Maestro Pawlu Grech and at the University of Malta where he graduated with a Masters degree in 2010. In 2011 he was awarded by the London College of Music with the FLCM Diploma in Professional Achievement, a certificate of Outstanding Musicianship from Berklee.

Galea participated in several festivals around the world, namely Slovakia, Egypt, Australia, and Italy amongst others. He also won the Best Composer Award at the “Malta Music Awards” and an “Outstanding Musicianship Certificate” from Berklee in Umbria both in 2001.

He has also performed in various cultural festivals across Europe where he has had the opportunity to work and even record with world renowned artists such as Clark Tracey, Wayne Naus, Martin Shaw, Mark Lewandowski, Brandon Allen, Nadin Teimoori, Bodek Janke and others.

During the 1985 Bratislava Jazz Days, his original “Horizon” composition was recorded on a double album in a compilation of world-renowned jazz artists such as Stanley Clarke, Terje Rypdal and John McLaughlin.

Among others, his versatile compositions include sixteen musicals, a ballet for children, and many works inspired by Maltese poetry. He has produced over twenty albums with his music. He was a member of the Board of the Malta Council for the Arts between 2013 and 2017 and teaches in the Department of Music at the University of Malta.

Dominic is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta.

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Elizabeth Simonian

Elizabeth Simonian

Sort of by chance I started as a performing singer. This became my main occupation several years before I decided to actually study singing.
Besides some initial private lessons I followed a 2 year pop study in Stockholm, Sweden before I came to The Netherlands in 2003 where I completed my Bachelor and Master degree by 2009.

In the last three years I have followed many extra private lessons and courses such as becoming a certified EVT teacher, working with the Lichtenberg technique and getting a deeper understanding of the CVT method amongst other things.
It was in my Masters that I decided to focus and research on the topic of holistic singing and what that actually means to me.
My motivation and what mostly inspires me to sing and to work with other people and their voice is connectedness. This arose from my own need for a heightened awareness and felt sense of what it means to inhabit my own body and be fully present. Looking at how the physical, mental, emotional and social are all profoundly interwoven to one another within us, gives us much more tools and possibilities to work with and to understand just how complex, delicate and beautiful it is to sing. From understanding the most basic muscular work, to being able to experience our subtle and refined sensory system, I believe that the voice has a tremendous power to attune us to ourselves in the most fundamental way.

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Emmanuel Vourakis

Emmanuel Vourakis

With a career that spans over 20 years, Emmanuel Vourakis has performed in many bands in Greece and the U.S., gaining widespread popularity as a member of Blues Wire, one of the most established blues bands in Europe and with whom he toured regularly from 2007-10.

Winner of the only “B.B. King Blues Guitar competition” ever to be held in Greece and organised by the record label BMG in March 1998, he was also awarded the title ‘Blues Guitarist of the Year’ from Berklee College of Music for the year 2003-4.
Since 2009 he has been fronting The Zilla Project as vocalist and guitarist, with whom he has also released a 2014 album titled “This One’s For the President”. As a recording and session artist he has been involved with a slew of recordings, TV appearances and concerts in Greece, Cyprus and the U.S., with local and international artists spanning various styles of music.

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Emilio 'Noonzio Tritto

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He has attended workshops by: Enrico Pieranunzi, Jim Snidero, Enrico Blatti, David Liebman, Peter Bernstein, Jorrit Dijkstra, Rick Margitza, Sonny Fortune, Vince Mendoza, The Metropole Orchestra, and Mete Erker. He has performed at: The North Sea Jazz Festival, Warshaw Jazz Days, Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Lantaren Venster Rotterdam), Dr.Anton Philipzaal (The Hague), La Casa del Jazz (Rome), Music Meeting (Nijmegen), Gezziamoci Jazz Festival (Matera), MiFaJazz Big Band Gathering (Matera).

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Evagoras Karagiorgis

Music teacher, composer, lute player. He was born in Tsada-Paphos in 1957.
In 1982 he went to the USA where he studied music at the Aaron Copland School of Music (City University of New York) with Allen Brings and Leo Kraft (1981-1988).
In 1988-89 he continued composition at N.Y.U., with the Israeli composer Menahem Zur and Philosophy of the Arts with David Echer. At the same period he also took postgraduate courses in Ethnomusicology and Electronic Music.

Since 1989 he is being teaching music in the Public Schools of Cyprus.
In 1990 he began composing music for all the major theater companies. At the same period he works also for TV writing music for various series and documentaries.
In 1992, he wins the A’ Pancyprian Song Competition with his song ‘The Dream’. After his first success he publishes his first cycle of songs, The ‘Old lute’ (1994), based oν poetry by D. Lipertis, M. Pasiardis, traditional verses as well his own.
In 1997 he published the song cycle, ‘Places in the color of lulaki’. A third work, in collaboration with the famous Cretan lyre player Psarantonis, features his songs written for the Chronicle of Leontios Machairas, a dramatized version by Michalis Pieris.
In 2006 he published the work ‘Without the old key’, a duo  ollaboration with the double bass player Irenaeos Koullouras.
In 2009 his new alboum, ‘Ready for long time’ with piano songs and instrumentals was published. In 1999, with a group of young composers he took part in the foundation o the Cyprus Composers Center, a movement towards the development of the serious music in the island.
Part of this is his outcome of small number of chamber works created in that aspect. Among his many musical interests is the research and exploration of the traditional Cypriot music (the modes, rhythms, elodies and harmony).

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