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Jazz music can give us wings to fly… again

If it were true that the sound of music could really make us fly, then most probably – for fans at least – the type of music to give us wings would be jazz. For music lovers headed to Paphos for the weekend this is probably true, as they are likely headed to the Fly Again Jazz Festival on at Argaka as of Friday.

The three-day festival is jam-packed with jazz acts. The first to hit the stage on Friday at 8pm will be the Irinaeos Koullouras Quartet – who are George Krasias on the saxophone, George Morfitis on the piano, Irinaeos Koullouras on the acoustic bass and George Koulas on the drums.

These four musicians will start the festival with pieces carefully chosen from the jazz genre, making sure that the ambience for the music fest will be set to a high standard. The quartet’s style is a mix of modern jazz, traditional, Mediterranean and ethnic, resulting in a unique and authentic musical trademark. The boys are considered to be leaders of jazz in Cyprus and have inspired younger jazz generations.

The second act of the night will be The John Crawford Quartet at 10pm. Guillermo Hill on guitar, John Crawford on piano, Simon Pearson on drums and Thomas Mason on double bass, will perform pieces from their new album Times and Tides. The quartet will give the festival a Latin American and Spanish flamenco feel.

Saturday starts with Ioanna Troullidou Sextet’s The Gershwin Project. Troullidou – on vocals – will be joined by Charis Ioannou on saxophone, Elias Ioannou on trumpet, Marios Toumbas on piano, Irinaeos Koullouras on double bass and Ioannis Vafeas on drums.

The concert will include a selection of songs written by the famous pianist and composer George Gershwin. Some have been rearranged by the composer, arranger and saxophonist Chris Byars and others will be interpreted by the musicians on stage.

It seems that The John Crawford Quartet doesn’t think they can get all the jazz energy they possess across in one night because they will be back again on Saturday at 10pm.

Pace yourself for Sunday, it will be a long, long night, starting off with the Evagoras Karageorgis Quartet. With very much a Cypriot vibe, Karageorgis will play the lute, George Krasides will take to the clarinet, Ireneos Koullouras will be on the double bass and George Koulas will complete the set on the drums.

This quartet really know their stuff when it comes to traditional music, as Karageorgis has a passion for exploring and learning all he can about the modes, rhythms, melodies and harmonies of the music of his ancestors.

The second act on Sunday will be the Symmetry Quartet – Marios Messios on double bass, Charis Ioannou on saxophone, Marios Toumas on piano and Ioannis Vafeas on drums.

The quartet have conquered many an international festival and stage with their artistry in improvisation. The band will surely play some original pieces by Messios, which keep the audience engaged with their strong melodies, complex rhythms and harmonies.

Probably not convinced that two performances will completely quench their stage energy, The John Crawford Quartet will be back again at 10pm, followed by an all-star jam session at 11pm when all the musicians will celebrate jazz together.

Fly Again Jazz Festival
A festival with Latin, Ethnic and Jazz performances. June 17-19. Argaka, Paphos. 8pm. €15/10 one night/ €25 three nights. Tel: 99-452911

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