The 6th JAZZ in PAROS Festival and marathon concert Jazz in Action glittered under the moonlight and stars above and below at the beautiful amphitheater of Paros Park at Monastiri Beach, closing with great success on the evening of July 23rd.
The exceptional artists continued what is becoming a storied tradition of magical unforgettable evenings filled with consummate musicianship.
The festival kicked off with DJ Kafka and uplifting Brazilian rhythms. which was followed by the amazing Costas Baltazanis and the Morning Bound Trio, comprised of Panagiotis Andreou, Tammy Scheffer and Ronen Itzik, who with fusion jazz and alternative Mediterranean influences took us on an impressive sonic journey to the NY jazz scene.
The festival closed with a bang as Petros Klampanis with his contra bass in partnership with the cello of the top Brazilian musician Jacques Morelenbaum, the piano of Spyros Manesis and the trumpet of Andreas Polyzogopoulos charmed us and took us on a magical journey from Greece to Brazil. The unplanned participation of Miranda Verouli dreamily closed the night .
The artistic director Petros Klampanis ensured an enticing return appointment for next summer, promising more musical thrills
We want to thank everyone who contributed to making this event such a success and offering their talents, services and contributions to help make this all possible. Efforts at raising resources for the heroic efforts of the organization Metadrasi. org continue and we hope people who were part of the concert can keep giving and spread the word to help Syrian refugees who are under real distress and genuinely need assistance in finding new lives. Please contact http.//metadrasi.org/ and see how you can make a difference.
photo credit Stavros Niflis
JAZZ IN PAROS 2011-2016
This summer JAZZ in PAROS will be celebrating 6 years of presence and I would like to give a big THANKS to all special people who have supported this event and contributed to its development and evolution!
Our vision is to bring as many as possible talented and inspired musicians on Paros Island and insert Paros into the global Jazz map as a meeting point where students, teachers and audience will be interacting amid the idyllic settings of the island.
Since 2011 more than 100 Jazz students, 30 artists and 5000 concert visitors from all over the world have participated sharing their music (as well as many funny and sweet memories), making new friends from around the globe and having a lifetime experience on Paros.
JAZZ in PAROS was set in motion in 2011 as a Greek -French collaboration "The Paris-Paros Project" between the Tourism and Event
Manager Athena Perantinou and French musician Marc Buronfosse as artistic director. “The Paris- Paros Project” was supported by Arts Culture Europe, a French nonprofit organization. It slowly evolved from an International Jazz workshop into a Jazz Festival with the participation of many renowned French and Greek artists: Sara Lazarus, Eric Breton, Vincent Bourgeyx, Alexandra Grimal, Joe Quitzke, Isabelle Olivier, Stéphane Tsapis, Heleen Schuttevaer, Arnaud Biscay, Jasser Haj Youssef , Gaël Cadoux , Arnaud Dolmen, Andreas Polyzogopoulos, Marc-Antoine Perrio, Anna Lauvergnac, Vasilis Gouzios , Chloé Cailleton, Michael Felberbaum and many more.
In July 2015, collaborating with Aegean Cultural Initiative, we produced a smaller scale event under the artistic direction of Vasilis Racopoulos with well known Greek Jazz artists: George Kontrafouris, Vassilis Podaras, Terry Vakirtzoglou, Andonis Ladopoulos and Richard Smith as a special guest.
Furthermore Jazz in Paros has been organizing many Jazz and Poetry concerts at Lefkes amphitheater with the kind assistance of
Parian poet Christos Georgousis and piano teacher Dimitra Marangozis. This is an effort to connect the local Parian arts and; poetry with the Jazz music scene.
JAZZ in PAROS has a free spirit; it is dynamic and in continuous evolution through new collaborations and the pursuit of new innovative artistic expressions.
6th FESTIVAL JAZZ in PAROS
One magical island, eight outstanding artists - for the sixth year running JAZZ in PAROS is putting Paros island centre stage in the international Jazz scene.
The 6th Festival JAZZ in PAROS is preparing to celebrate this special occasion with a marathon event, the "Jazz in Action", that will take place on Saturday July 23 at Monastery beach, Paros.
The event starts at 18:00 pm at the beautiful space of the restaurant-bar of Paros Park with a party to the rythmes of Braziliaz Jazz with the DJ Kafka and in collaboration with the music station En Lefko.
Dj set by Kafka
Kafka is one of the most influential radio personalities and respected music journalists in Greece. She's an ATH based DJ and an independent music supervisor.
At 21:00 pm follows Jazz in Action concert with three presenting bands
The Brazilian music tradition meets Greek Jazz
Petros Klampanis invites the outstanding Greek musicians, Spyros Manesis, Andreas Polyzogopoulos and the amazing Brazilian cellist and arranger Jaques Morelenbaum to participate in a unique musical gathering entitled “Jazz in Action”. This concert will showcase compositions of Petros Klampanis coming from his latest album “Minor Dispute” as well as musical scores of the other band members. The Brazilian musical tradition will be meeting modern Greek Jazz, as represented by these top three performers.
Jaques Morelenbaum is one of the most important artists of the contemporary Brazilian Jazz scene and is one of the few Brazilians who collaborates with the biggest names of international Jazz. With a continuous presence in the Antonio Carlos Jobim band from the ‘60s up until today (where he has teamed up with the top Italian trumpet player Paolo Freso), his musical creations are inspired by both Brazilian music as well as modern Jazz. Morelenbaum will be taking us with his Cello on a musical journey blending both musical styles and will be accompanied by the leading musicians of the modern Greek Jazz scene.
Morning Bound trio
Based in NYC, Morning Bound brings together vocalist Tammy Scheffer, vocalist/ bassist Panagiotis Andreou and drummer Ronen Itzik. The trio creates a playful blend of electronic music, pop and rock while keeping a fluid, improvisation based performance inspired by jazz and world music. Loops and effects are employed on both the vocals and bass for an updated sound that combines old and new, familiar and experimental.
Costas Baltazanis trio
The excellent guitarist and composer Costas Baltazanis will be presenting a series of his compositions from his latest album "End of Seas" together with his band coming from New York where they have been living and performing over the last 4 years. This particularly imaginative musician has many collaborations in his track record. They include teaming up with Jeff Tain Watts and Alex Foster. Costas has performed concerts all over the world.
Petros Klampanis has the artistic direction of the event. Petros is a bassist and composer who is also distinguished on the other side of the Atlantic, in New York.
Jazz in Action is co-organized with Paros Park, the support of bjazz and under the auspices of KDEPAP.
Saturday 23 July 2016
21:00 at Paros Park
Entrance : 12,00 €
Part of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the NGO METAdrasi that is actively involved in refugee work in the Transit Accommodation Facility for Unaccompanied Minors in Lesvos.
Organizer: Perantinos Travel & Tourism
Responsible of organization: Athena Perantinou