Cyprus Mail

Play that funky music

By Maria Gregoriou

As we move into January there are plenty of musical events to keep all tastes satisfied with the most taking place at the weekends. The one coming up is no exception.

One of Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre’s targets is to provide young artists with a platform to showcase their musical talents and abilities. One of these young artists due to take to the stage in Paphos on Friday, is soloist Marianna Georgiou, who will give a solo piano concert at 8pm.

Georgiou has studied at the University of Nottingham for the past four years and recently graduated with a Master’s degree in performing studies.

She took her first piano lessons at the age of five and for twelve years she was classically trained under the supervision of her Bulgarian tutor, Ivelina Ruseva.

The pianist performed several concerts and took part in various competitions, festivals and master classes during her studies in the UK. She plans on attaining her LRSM diploma next, while also further researching performance studies.

Georgiou will perform pieces by Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy and Ravel.

Now moving onto Limassol, the LeReMi Trio will perform on Friday at the Vinylio Wine Etc.

The trio – Andria Nicolaou on piano, Dafni Pavlidou on vocals, and Elena Michaelidou on cello – came together in May 2015 and have been giving audiences the chance to travel the world through music.

They promise to do the same on Friday, when they will fill the atmosphere with romance, singing songs in various languages, from the past all the way to today.

Staying at the Vinylio Wine Etc bar in Limassol but moving on to Saturday, Vicky Anastasiou on vocals, Ermis Michail on guitar and Kyriakos Kestas on double bass will put on a very soulful night with jazz and funk.

Vocalist and composer Anastasiou, who is known for creating the Amalgamation project, has given a number of solo performances so far in her career, including one in Hong Kong, a performance at the Qatara Art centre in Doha, and at the sixth and seventh International River Film Festivals in Padova in Italy.

Closer to home, she has appeared during the Loop Festival, the Fengaros festival, the Windcraft festival, the Rialto Ethnic Festival, and at the Rialto Jazz and world music Showcase. She also led a five-day vocal workshop at the Fengaros Music Village in 2014 and 2015.

Michail, who is still in his twenties, studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory and currently teaches jazz guitar at the University of Nicosia. The guitarist has been making a name for himself on the Cyprus music scene ever since he was 14 when he started playing the electric guitar. Since then, he has performed as a sideman and a band leader in various projects and venues in Cyprus, Greece, the UK and the Netherlands.

Kestas, who has rocked more than a few venues with his contrabass and double bass, completes the trio with his funky music playing.

Solo Piano Concert
Concert by Marianna Georgiou. January 8. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 8pm. €8. Tel: 70-002420

LaReMi Trio
Live performance by the trio. January 8. Vinylio Wine Etc, 33 Ankara Street, Limassol. 9pm. €3. Tel: 96-810119
Vicky Anastasiou, Ermis Michail and Kyriakos Kestas
Live performance by the soul, jazz and funk trio. January 9. Vinylio Wine Etc, 33 Ankara Street, Limassol. 9.30pm. Tel: 96-810119

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