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Military Band of Athens

The Military Big Band of Athens was created in 2011. The Band’s repertoire includes jazz and Latin pieces as well as covers of Greek songs in similar style. The Military Big Band of Athens has performed live in various venues in Greece and abroad, such as the Belgrade Summer Festival BELEF in Serbia, the Acropolis Museum, the Byzantine & Christian Museum in Athens, the Athens War Museum, the Auditorium of the Pallini Music School, on shows hosted by the public radio station Third Programme as well as the Thessaloniki Concert Hall as part of the 7th ISME Conference, receiving excellent reviews. In 2015 the Band released their first album STUDIO E2, an independent production of the Hellenic Army General Staff with the support of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation ERT.


Hidden Orchestra presents «Reorchestrations»

Hidden Orchestra is the solo studio project of multi-instrumentalist composer / producer Joe Acheson, currently based in Brighton (UK). For Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival, Joe presents «Reorchestrations», a new 2-piece (electronics/drums) live project inspired by his remixes - mostly of classical, folk and jazz pieces reworked in the signature Hidden Orchestra style. He will be creating live improvised 'remixes' of his own material on stage, sampling and effecting the drums of Hidden drummer Jamie Graham, to create new spontaneous versions of Hidden Orchestra tracks, using a mixture of samples, synths, drums, and innovative live-sampling/looping techniques. The Hidden Orchestra album recordings feature a wide variety of guest musicians from different musical backgrounds, recorded separately, and combined by Joe to create an 'imaginary orchestra' that doesn't really exist. The music combines all the different musical traditions Joe has been involved in – years of Classical training (composing from an early age, singing in choirs and playing in orchestras), whilst at the same time playing in all kinds of bands and ensembles, DJing and producing. By tapping into the energy of virtuoso drum solos and adding music and sounds that are dark and beautiful, he creates haunting and uplifting electronic music made without synthesisers – using only acoustic instruments, drums, field recordings and natural sounds to build intense, beat-driven classical textures with layers of energy, emotion and atmosphere. The "Reorchestrations" show allows Joe and Jamie to reinterpret this wealth of material in a live improvised setting, using spoken word, field recordings, and layers of looped percussion to weave together a seamless 'live mixtape' of improvised beats and orchestral textures.



Athens Big Band

The Athens Big Band was formed in 1998 at the initiative of virtuoso pianist Mr. Yiannis Terezakis and has since had a very active and significant presence in the music happenings in the City of Athens and all of Greece. The Athens Big Band repertoire includes performances of historic compositions and orchestrations by the pioneers of the Big Band philosophy as well as a wide spectrum of contemporary, quality jazz works. The Athens Big Band has performed in all major concert halls and art and music festivals in Athens, Thessaloniki and the provinces. Renowned maestros and composers of jazz and contemporary music have conducted the Athens Big Band, including William Russo and Don Owens. Meanwhile, distinguished Greek and international soloists have performed with the Band. The artists who make up the Athens Big Band are among Greece's most competent soloists and are renowned for their skills in jazz improvisation as well as their flexibility in interpreting various jazz styles with accuracy.

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