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Jazz at The Shoe Factory: The Ioannou / Vafeas Jazz Quartet

The Shoe Factory By Pharos Arts Foundation

Fri Mar 10th 2017 at 20:30 until 22:00
Cyprus, Ermou Street, 304, Nicosia
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JAZZ @ THE SHOE FACTORY

THE IOANNOU / VAFEAS JAZZ QUARTET
“BRIDGE OF LOCKS”

Friday 10 March 2017
The Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 8.30pm

The Pharos Arts Foundation presents the Ioannou / Vafeas Jazz Quartet in BRIDGE OF LOCKS – a unique journey into jazz with the sounds of award-winning saxophonist and composer Chris Byars. The concert is a preview of the Quartet’s CD, Bridge of Locks, which will be released later in the year. Friday 10 March 2017 at The Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 8:30pm.


THE IOANNOU / VAFEAS JAZZ QUARTET
The Ioannou / Vafeas Jazz Quartet was created in 2016 after many years of collaboration and friendship between saxophonist Charis Ioannou and drummer Ioannis Vafeas. Both artists perform regularly in festivals and concert halls in their homeland Cyprus as well as the rest of Europe, and they have frequently collaborated in recordings and theatre productions. They are both graduates of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, holding a Master’s Degree in Jazz Music, and they are professors in the in the Department of Music at the University of Nicosia.


Charis Ioannou / saxophone
Charis Ioannou studied Saxophone Performance and Jazz Composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In the last year of his studies in Boston, he won the Woodwind Achievement Award, and in 2001, he moved to New York where he earned his Master’s Degree in Performance from the New York University. He has since appeared in all the major jazz clubs and festivals around Cyprus, as well as many countries abroad including, Greece, Kuwait, Germany, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Poland, Serbia, Spain, England, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland and the US. Charis has collaborated with the American Embassy in Cyprus for the Bi-Communal Jazz programme “Jazz Futures” performing alongside the group of Ari Roland and Chris Byars for 6 years during the period 2007-2013. In 2015, he led BopCy, a quartet with all Cypriot musicians and won the 2nd place in the first Greek Jazz Competition. Charis is currently teaching the saxophone and the jazz idiom at the University of Nicosia and is making guest faculty appearances in workshops held in Italy, Lebanon and Greece.

Ioannis Vafeas / drums
Ioannis Vafeas studied Jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He followed his studies with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies at the Boston Conservatory – his thesis being focused on the “Rhythm, History, Development and Influence on the 20th Century Music”. He has appeared in festivals and concert halls all over Europe. Distinguished by a very personal style and technique, Vafeas started his career performing music of different styles such as pop, funk and ethnic, and having participated in numerous CDs, theatre productions and films, before dedicating himself solely to jazz, in 2003. Along with fellow musicians he formed several jazz bands, such as the Café Balkan and the Cyprus Big Band, and he appeared in festivals all over the world having shared the stage with renowned ensembles and orchestras including the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Since 2009, he is teaching at the University of Nicosia.

Greg Makamian / double-bass
Greg Makamian has performed next to the legendary Freddie Redd at Smalls in NYC, and he has collaborated with renowned musicians including Chris Byars, Pasquale Grasso, Zaid Nasser, Pete & Will Anderson, Keith Balla, Phil Stewart, Ofer Landsberg, Stefano Doglioni, John Mosca. Recently, he has appeared with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and the Charis Ioannou Group, presenting the music of Charlie Parker-Bird with Strings. As the bandleader of Mood Indigo, Greg has organized public concerts all around Cyprus, presenting the finest Cypriot Jazz musicians and he has performed at small Jazz Club (NY), Fat Cat (NY), Garage (NY), Apollon Theater (Syros, GR), The Aphrodite Hills Jazz Festival (CY), Pomos Jazz festival (CY), amongst others. Inspired by bassist/composers such as Oscar Pettiford and Ari Roland, Greg has been lately working on a publication of his original compositions.

Dimitris Miaris / piano
Born in 1991, Dimitris Miaris started classical piano lessons at the age of 6. He had his first contact with jazz music at the age of 16 through the “Jazz Futures” workshops by renowned musicians such as Sacha Perry, Vahagn Hayrapetyan, Ari Roland and Chris Byars. Since then he took part in almost all the “Jazz Futures” workshops and in the last two years he participated in Dr. Barry Harris’ workshops in Rome. Dimitris is a member of the Greek traditional band “Neorebetes”, where he plays the accordion and he has appeared with the band in Cyprus, Greece, Kazan (Russia), Sydney and Melbourne (Australia). Dimitris Miaris studied Jazz Piano at the Jazz Department of the Ionian University, under the instruction of George Kontrafouris, and received his Bachelor Degree in 2009.

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Information: Pharos Arts Foundation Tel. +35722663871 / www.pharosartsfoundation.org
Tickets: €15 / €10 Concessions & members of the Pharos Arts Foundation,
Box Office: www.pharosartsfoundation.org & Tel. 9666-9003 (Monday - Friday 10:00am-3:00pm)

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JAZZ @ THE SHOE FACTORY

THE IOANNOU / VAFEAS JAZZ QUARTET
“BRIDGE OF LOCKS”

Παρασκευή 10 Μαρτίου 2017
The Shoe Factory, Λευκωσία / 8.30μμ

Το Ίδρυμα Τεχνών Φάρος παρουσιάζει το Ioannou / Vafeas Jazz Quartet σε ένα μοναδικό ταξίδι με τις τζαζ μελωδίες του πολυβραβευμένου σαξοφωνίστα και συνθέτη Chris Byars. Η συναυλία αποτελεί μια προεπισκόπηση του επερχόμενου CD του Ioannou / Vafeas Jazz Quartet, Bridge of Locks, το οποίο θα κυκλοφορήσει μέσα στο 2017.
Παρασκευή 10 Μαρτίου 2017 στο The Shoe Factory, Λευκωσία / 8:30μμ.


IOANNOU / VAFEAS JAZZ QUARTET
Το Ioannou / Vafeas Jazz Quartet δημιουργήθηκε το 2016 έπειτα από την πολύχρονη συνεργασία και φιλία του σαξοφωνίστα Χάρη Ιωάννου και του ντράμερ Ιωάννη Βαφέα. Οι δύο καλλιτέχνες εμφανίζονται τακτικά σε φεστιβάλ και συναυλίες τόσο στην Κύπρο όσο και στο εξωτερικό, και έχουν κατ’ επανάληψη συνεργαστεί σε ηχογραφήσεις και θεατρικές παραγωγές. Και οι δύο είναι απόφοιτοι του Κολλεγίου Μουσικής Berklee της Βοστώνης και έχουν ολοκληρώσει τις σπουδές τους με μεταπτυχιακό στην Τζαζ, ενώ επί του παρόντος είναι καθηγητές στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας.


Χάρης Ιωάννου / σαξόφωνο
Ο Χάρης Ιωάννου σπούδασε Σαξόφωνο και Σύνθεση Τζαζ στο Κολλέγιο Μουσικής Berklee της Βοστώνης. Κατά το τελευταίο έτος των σπουδών του, κέρδισε το Βραβείο Πνευστών, και το 2001, μετοίκησε στη Νέα Υόρκη όπου συνέχισε τις σπουδές του με μεταπτυχιακό Master’s στην Ερμηνεία από το Πανεπιστήμιο της Νέας Υόρκης. Έκτοτε έχει εμφανισθεί σε όλα τα μεγάλα τζαζ κλαμπ και φεστιβάλ στην Κύπρο, αλλά και σε πολλές άλλες χώρες όπως Ελλάδα, Κουβέιτ, Γερμανία, Λίβανο, Καζακστάν, Πολωνία, Σερβία, Ισπανία, Αγγλία, Ιταλία, Λουξεμβούργο, Βέλγιο, Ολλανδία και Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες. Ο Χάρης έχει συνεργαστεί με την Αμερικανική Πρεσβεία στην Κύπρο για το δι-κοινοτικό πρόγραμμα τζαζ Jazz Futures, έχοντας συμπράξει με τους Ari Roland και Chris Byars για έξη χρόνια. Το 2015 ηγήθηκε του τζαζ κουαρτέτου BopCy, το οποίο κέρδισε τη 2η θέση στον πρώτο Ελληνικό Διαγωνισμό Τζαζ στη Σύρο. Ο Χάρης διδάσκει σαξόφωνο και τζαζ ιδίωμα στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας και διδάσκει σε εργαστήρια μουσικής σε Ιταλία, Λίβανο και Ελλάδα.

Ιωάννης Βαφέας / ντραμς
Ο Ιωάννης Βαφέας σπούδασε μουσική τζαζ στο Κολλέγιο Μουσικής Berklee της Βοστώνης. Ολοκλήρωσε τις σπουδές του με Master’s στο Κονσερβατόριο της Βοστώνης, με τη διατριβή του να είναι επικεντρωμένη στον Ρυθμό, την Ιστορία, την Ανάπτυξη και τις Επιρροές στη Μουσική του 20ου αιώνα. Έκτοτε, έχει εμφανισθεί σε φεστιβάλ και αίθουσες συναυλιών σε όλη την Ευρώπη. Έχοντας διακριθεί για το ιδιαίτερα προσωπικό του ύφος και τεχνική, ο Βαφέας ξεκίνησε την καριέρα του ερμηνεύοντας διαφορετικά είδη μουσικής όπως ποπ, φανκ και έθνικ, ενώ παράλληλα συμμετείχε σε αμέτρητα CD και θεατρικές και κινηματογραφικές παραγωγές πριν αφιερωθεί ολοκληρωτικά στην τζαζ, το 2003. Είναι συνιδρυτής πολλών συγκροτημάτων τζαζ, όπως το Café Balkan και το Cyprus Big Band, και έχει συμπράξει με σημαντικά σύνολα μουσικής και ορχήστρες συμπεριλαμβανομένης και της Συμφωνικής Ορχήστρας Μόσχας. Από το 2009, διδάσκει στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας.

Γκρεγκ Μακαμιάν / κοντραμπάσο
Ο Γκρεγκ Μακαμιάν έχει εμφανισθεί με τον θρυλικό Freddie Redd στο Smalls της Νέας Υόρκης, και έχει συμπράξει με διεθνούς φήμης μουσικούς όπως Chris Byars, Pasquale Grasso, Zaid Nasser, Pete & Will Anderson, Keith Balla, Phil Stewart, Ofer Landsberg, Stefano Doglioni, και John Mosca. Προσφάτως, έχει εμφανισθεί με τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα Κύπρου και το Charis Ioannou Group, παρουσιάζοντας τη μουσική του Charlie Parker-Bird with Strings. Ως αρχηγός του συγκροτήματος Mood Indigo, ο Γκρεγκ έχει διοργανώσει συναυλίες σε όλη την Κύπρο παρουσιάζοντας τους σημαντικότερους Κύπριους μουσικούς της τζαζ. Έχει εμφανισθεί, μεταξύ άλλων, στο small Jazz Club (Νέα Υόρκη), Fat Cat (Νέα Υόρκη), Garage (Νέα Υόρκη), Θέατρο Απόλλων (Σύρο), The Aphrodite Hills Jazz Festival (Κύπρος), και στο Φεστιβάλ Τζαζ στον Πωμό. Εμπνευσμένος από συνθέτες / κοντραμπασίστες όπως τους Oscar Pettiford και Ari Roland, ο Γκρεγκ επί του παρόντος εργάζεται στην έκδοση των δικών του συνθέσεων.

Δημήτρης Μίαρης / πιάνο
Ο Δημήτρης Μίαρης γεννήθηκε το 1991 και ξεκίνησε μαθήματα κλασικού πιάνου σε ηλικία 6 ετών. Είχε την πρώτη του επαφή με τη τζαζ σε ηλικία 16 ετών μέσω των εργαστηρίων μουσικής Jazz Futures που παρουσίασαν οι Sacha Perry, Vahagn Hayrapetyan, Ari Roland και Chris Byars. Έκτοτε, έχει συμμετάσχει σε όλα τα εργαστήρια Jazz Futures, ενώ τα τελευταία δύο χρόνια συμμετείχε στα εργαστήρια του Barry Harris στη Ρώμη. Ο Δημήτρης είναι μέλος του συγκροτήματος παραδοσιακής μουσικής Νεορεμπέτες, όπου παίζει το ακορντεόν και έχει εμφανισθεί σε Κύπρο, Ελλάδα, Καζάν (Ρωσία), Σύδνεϋ και Μελβούρνη (Αυστραλία). Ο Δημήτρης Μίαρης αποφοίτησε το 2009 από το Πανεπιστήμιο του Ιωνίου, όπου σπούδασε Τζαζ Πιάνο υπό την καθοδήγηση του Γιώργου Κοντραφούρη.


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Πληροφορίες: Ίδρυμα Τεχνών Φάρος Τηλ. +35722663871 / www.pharosartsfoundation.org
Εισιτήρια: €15 / €10 Μαθητές, Συνταξιούχοι & Μέλη του Ιδρύματος Τεχνών Φάρος
Box Office: www.pharosartsfoundation.org & Τηλ. 9666-9003 (Δευτέρα – Παρασκευή 10πμ-3μμ)

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