Cypriot miniatures 1 - 2019
DIARY OF DREAMS European Ethnic Jazz - lyrical compositions
Stavros Lantsia's music is often described as "cinematic", music that creates images and activates the imagination. The "sound magician" has created his very own musical expression. He moves beyond styles despite various influences and surprises again and again with his compositional versatility. In his music he often combines western and eastern timbres and leads the listener into familiar and unknown musical worlds.
Stavros Lantsias: composition, piano, percussion
Eleonora Roussou: flute, voice, glockenspiel
Andreas Polyzogopoulos: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mihalis Kalkanis: Double Bass
Organizer: Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus, Cultural Department
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The cultural series "Cypriot Miniatures" began in Berlin in 2013.
with a variety of cultural events, including concerts, photo exhibitions, dance theatre, reflecting the richness of the cultural creativity of Cypriot artists.
Stavros LANTSIAS (Cyprus)
(pianist-composer) was born in 1966 in Nicosia, Cyprus, and studied classical piano and music theory. In 1990 he graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, with a special education in musical arrangement. In 1989 and 1990 he won two prestigious prizes for jazz musicians: the Count Basie Jazz Masters Award for pianists and the Quincy Jones Jazz Masters Award for arrangers. After Berklee, he continued his training in jazz piano and improvisation with the internationally renowned professor and "guru" of jazz, Charlie Banacos. Lantsias performs with renowned Greek artists, the ethno jazz trio Human Touch with David Lynch (saxophone) and Yiotis Kiourtsoglou (bass) being of particular importance. In the two CDs released so far, the pianist expands his spectrum towards percussion and acoustic guitar. In 1999 and 2002 two solo albums followed, Return and The Journey of a Note, in which Lantsias shines with jazz ensembles as well as classical arrangements. His most recent major composition, the orchestral suite Diary of Dreams, is a commissioned work with which Patras presented himself as the European Capital of Culture in 2006. This work was recorded in Los Angeles studio with Peter Erskine on drums and Lars Danielsson on bass, and released as an album in 2011. Stavros Lantsias also teaches master classes and seminars in composition, arrangement and piano improvisation. In recent years he has also presented his music in various concert halls and jazz clubs in Germany such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Passionskirche Berlin, Neues Museum (Cyprus EU Council Presidency 2012) Berlin, Belgisches Haus Köln, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Gasteig München, Grüner Salon (Volksbühne), B-flat Jazz Club Berlin.
Eleonora ROUSSOU (Cyprus)
deals with composition and orchestration, music teaching and music interpretation. She has collaborated with a variety of artists in music recordings, plays and commercials and has participated in concerts in Cyprus and abroad in jazz, classical, ethno, Latin, traditional and alternative music (North Sea Jazz Festival, Europalia Music Festival, Rotterdam Architecture Festival, Epidaurus Festival, Kypria International Festival, Cultural Centre Axiothea Festival, etc.).
Roussou began her musical journey at a very early age at the National Music School of Cyprus (1984-1996), where she studied piano and flute. She studied classical piano with Yolande Wrigley and music psychology with Jane Davidson and Eric Clarke at the University of Sheffield. In 2012 Roussou graduated from the Rotterdam Conservatoire, where she studied jazz flute with Bart Platteau and Simon Rigter. There she was awarded the Huygens Scholarship of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Andreas POLYZOGOPOULOS (Greece)
was born in 1981 and grew up in Samiko, a small village in the Greek prefecture of Ilias. At the age of sixteen, he moved to Athens, where he played in hip rock and blues bands and soon discovered jazz. He studied jazz guitar and trumpet at the Philippos Nakkas Conservatory, where he also graduated in 2002. In 2002 he moved to the Netherlands and studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. At the same time, he took lessons with Markus Stockhausen and Angelo Verploegen and attended Paolo Fresu seminars in Sardinia.
During his studies in Amsterdam he was a member of several "Multikulti" music formations. In 2006 he founded the Poly Quartet, with whom he presented his compositions for the first time. In 2008 the quartet recorded the CD "Perfumed Dreams" and won first prize in the competition "Motives for Jazz" in Belgium. In the same year Polyzogopoulos completed his studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music and returned to Greece. In 2010 he toured Europe as a member of the European Youth Jazz Orchestra. He released several albums himself, his newest one was 2017 " Polypala - One inch of Love". He has worked as a musician on over 60 albums and with musicians such as Jaques Morelembaum, Tore Brunborg, Michel Portal, Gunter Baby Zomer, Markus Stockhausen, Tony Lakatos, Psarantonis, Serge Teyssot Gay (Noir Desir), Anne Paceo, Marc Buronfosse, Federico Casagrande, Mauro Gargano, Christophe Panzani, Yiorgos Kontrafouris, Thanasis Papakonstantinou and Dionysis Savvopoulos.
Mihalis KALKANIS (Greece)
a charismatic bassist and composer, with classical training, but who also seeks his roots in traditional improvisation music. He comes from an important musical family of Asia Minor and Northern Greek descent. The sound of Kalkanis combines his classical background with technology and shows his interest in special social projects. His first album "Scarborough Tales" has an atmosphere of cinematic music and was the final project for his master's thesis in Creative Music Technology at Hull University in the UK. His latest album "World Echoes in Athens" began with the recordings Kalkanis made over a year of immigrants praying in open or secret places in Athens. This album was the soundtrack for Tassos Brettos' photographic exhibition entitled "O(A)rte(n) der Anbetung", which took place at the Benaki Museum in 2015/2016. As a double bass player, he is also a member of the Athens City Symphony Orchestra and performs with Yannis Haroulis, Stavros Lantsias and others.