By Maria Gregoriou
A new wave of jazz musicians will be washing over Nicosia and Limassol on Sunday and Monday, so venture out into the cold and be prepared to go back home with a spring in your step.
Trumpet player Andreas Polyzogopoulos, considered to be one of the most renowned trumpet players in the Greek jazz music scene, will join the Cypriot jazz band the Andreas Rodosthenous Trio for the first time.
The trio, Andreas Rodosthenous on bass, Giorgos Morfitis on the piano and Stelios Xydias on the drums, together with Polyzogopoulos will perform some of Rodosthenous’ compositions, as well as original pieces from Polyzogopoulos’ own albums.
The Andreas Rodosthenous Trio was formed three years ago. The three musicians brought in Iakovos Parpas on the saxophone to join them for their first concert. From there, the trio recorded a number of Rodosthenous’ works on the album entitled Simplicity just last year, with Alkis Agathokleous on the ney. Following this release, the trio has been on the up and up with invitations to perform at well-known festivals, such as the EUNIC jazz festival in Berlin and Technopolis jazz festival in Athens. The band are currently recording their second CD so watch out, things are about to get even more jazzed up.
Polyzogopoulos – who will be giving an improvisation workshop at the Windcraft Music Centre in Nicosia today and Saturday from 11am until 1pm – was brought up in a small village in southwest Greece, where he began studying the guitar at the age of ten. At 16 he moved to Athens and started participating in rock and blues bands.
While there he discovered he also had a passion for jazz, so he started to study jazz guitar at the Philipos Nakas Conservatory. It was in 2000 that he picked up the trumpet. Two years later he moved to the Netherlands, where he entered the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam.
During his studies he performed with various multi-ethnic groups and in 2006 he formed Poly Quartet, a group that performed his own compositions. In 2008, the band recorded the album Perfumed Dreams and won first place in the Motives for Jazz competition in Belgium. That same year he graduated and returned to Greece.
The trumpet player has appeared on 45 records, has performed all over Greece and Europe, and in 2010 was a member of the European Youth Jazz Orchestra. He also recorded a CD in 2013 with songs by his favourite rock bands, including Pink Floyd.
In 2014 he brought a new band together to play and record his most recent work, which was released last year on the album Anicca.
The four jazz musicians will begin in Limassol at the coffeehouse Sto Dromo on Sunday at 8.30pm. On Monday they will move on to Nicosia at the Windcraft Music Centre.
Andreas Polyzogopoulos and Andreas Rodosthenous Trio
Live performance by the musicians. January 17. Sto Dromo, 34 Genethliou Mitella Street, Limassol. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 99-477333
January 18. Windcraft Music Centre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 99-549141