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Athens Symphony Orchestra and Spiral Trio “Jazz Around the World”

Athens Symphony Orchestra & Spiral Trio (GREECE)
“Jazz Around the World”
Orchestra conductor: Andreas Tselikas

The Athens Symphony Orchestra collaborates with the Spiral Trio on Spiros Manesis' original compositions and covers, influenced by different civilizations, under Andreas Tselikas' musical arrangement and direction. A unique –by Greek standards– musical programme, where Spiral Trio communicates with the Symphony Orchestra on well-known melodies by Paul McCartney, Antonio Carlos Jobim, John Kern, Chico Buarque and music by Spiros Manesis, Joao Hasselberg and Kaspars Kurdeko.

Andreas Tselikas rose to international prominence as a conductor after receiving an award in the International Competition for Young Conductors “Jean Sibelius” (2005). Since 1998, he has conducted operas, ballets and concerts in some of the most important music halls in the world and has been regularly conducting the Athens Symphony Orchestra, the Athens State Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and the ERT Symphony Orchestra, systematically giving prominence to young composers and soloists. He is the permanent Conductor of the Athens Symphony Orchestra, the Musical Director of the Hellenic Music Centre Orchestra and of “The Medium Project” contemporary opera group.

The Athens Sympony Orchestra was formed in 1996 and, since then, it has been on the frontline of musical proceedings in Greece. With a rich repertoire from the baroque to the contemporary artistic creation, it particularly focuses on Greek art music. It has presented great operas in collaboration with renowned soloists of the lyric theater. Its three permanent conductors are Eleftherios Kalkanis, Michalis Oikonomou and Andreas Tselikas.

Spiral Trio
Spiros Manesis (piano), Arionas Gyftakis (double bass), Anastasis Gouliaris (drums)

Spiros Manesis studied musicology, classical and jazz piano. He has toured in many countries and collaborated with musicians such as D. Bowman, G. Hekselman, JD Walter, M. Abrams, B. Janke, M. Pollak, H. Cornell, J. Hasselberg, K. Kurdeko, S. Yannatou, P. Klampanis, Chr. Rafailidis, D. Galani, And. Polyzogopoulos, T. Paterelis and great orchestras such as the ERT Orchestra and the Orquestra do Norte. Arionas Gyftakis studied violin, but his interest in jazz soon led him to the double bass. At the age of 17, he won the Berklee College of Music Presidential Scholarship. He has collaborated with G. Kontrafouris, D. Whitfield, And. Polyzogopoulos, G. Tsiropoulos, D. Rotem and others. Anastasis Gouliaris studied next to Nikos Sidirokastritis and Sylvios Syrros, the man who led him to jazz. He has collaborated with many important Greek musicians and toured in Greece and abroad.


Athens Big Band feat. Pinelopi Tzanetaki

Athens Big Band & Pinelopi Tzanetaki (GREECE)
“Voices of Jazz”
Artistic director: Sami Amiris

Kollias Dimitris, Mourtzoukos Andreas, Karayiannis Kostas, Makris Kostas, Vazouras Kostas (saxophone), Kokolis Dionisis, Theodosakis Emmanouil, Katsarelis Vaggelis, Karayiannakis Yiannis (trumpet), Andreou Antonis, Zareas Giorgos, Tzamarias Aggelos, Alexandris Kostas (trombone), Haronian Giorgios (electric guitar), Amiris Sami (piano), Georgiadis Giorgos (bass/double bass), Alexandros Drakos Ktistakis (drums/percussion)

The Athens Big Band was formed in 1998 on the initiative of virtuoso pianist Yiannis Terezakis. Since then, it has had an extremely active presence in musical proceedings in Greece. Its repertoire includes classic compositions and arrangements of the pioneers of music and covers a wide range of jazz trends. It has performed in every big hall and festival in Greece. It has collaborated with leading conductors and composers, such as William Russo and Don Owens, and renowned soloists, such as B. Shew, V. DiMartino, V. Mortensen, R. Richardson, Fr. Hemke Jr., Ch. Freeman, M. Smith, N. Landgren, Yio. Fakanas, T. Paterelis, D. Vasilakis, D. Tsakas, G. Kontrafouris, Chr. Rafailidis and others. It is comprised of great soloists, known for their virtuosity on improvisation and their flexibility in presenting various jazz trends.

The Athens Big Band features the stunning voice of Pinelopi Tzanetaki, in a concert that will satisfy not only the demanding music lovers, but also the wider audience. The wide range of the singer communicates with the sound, the power and the finesse of the Big Band in a fascinating and exciting programme.


Military Big Band of Athens

Military Big Band of Athens (GREECE)
Orchestra conductor: Hassouris Michail

Samara Theodora (flute), Kostoyiannis Panayiotis, Bozas Phivos, Konstantakis Georgios, Mazis Andreas, Malakis Leonidas (saxophone), Kefalas Konstantinos, Hassouris Michail, Kolokithas Dimitrios, Kafantaris Ioannis (trumpet), Kaikis Ioannis, Yiakkas Christos, Kanakaris Ioannis (trombone), Fradelakis Georgios (tuba), Zotos Konstantinos (piano), Stenakis Alexis (keyboards), Chatziioannou Ioannis (electric bass), Avgoulas Antonios (electric guitar), Likourentzos Alexandros, Kostopoulos Georgios, Pavlis Georgios (percussion), Athanasiadis Nikolaos (drums), Zotos Konstantinos, Kitsos Christoforos (vocals)

The Military Big Band of Athens was formed in the spring of 2011. Its repertoire includes classic jazz and latin songs, as well as greek song covers. It has performed in various venues in Athens and abroad, such as the Belgrade Summer Festival BELEF in Serbia, the Acropolis Museum, the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, the War Museum of Athens, the radio show of the Third Programme of ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation) and the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, receiving excellent reviews. Its performance in the Athens Jazz Technopolis Festival in 2016 was equally significant. In 2015, it released its first album, entitled STUDIO E2, an independent production of GES (Hellenic Army General Staff), with the support of ERT.

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