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Weekend beats

Let’s end the week on a high note with a round-up of musicians, their beats and where we can catch them.

Starting off with a bit of jazz in Limassol, the Chris Byars Quartet will be performing at the Vinylio Wine Etc bar. For one night only in the festival town, Chris Byars will take to his saxophone, Dimitris Miaris will be on the piano, Greg Makamian will be strumming his double bass and Giannos Vafeas will be hitting on his drums, and all together they will lead us on a musical journey of jazz.

Byars – who is also an arranger and a composer based in New York – has travelled to 55 countries since 2007, performing in jazz concerts and educational outreach programmes. A true believer of musical bringing people together, the saxophonist co-directed the Jazz Futures Programme in Cyprus from 2008 to 2013, together with bassist Ari Roland.

If you are a jazz fan, you will have already heard of Byars’s recently released CD, which features 11 innovative arrangements of classical jazz tunes.

Just to make sure that the capital isn’t left out, Byars will also be performing at the Home for the Cooperation on Sunday together with the Mood Indigo band.

The performance – which is the Home’s closing down event for the summer – is set to take us back to the 30s, 40s, and 50s with the night’s melodic tunes.

Mood Indigo is a local jazz band lead by vocalist Irene Athanasiou whose mission is to make us all starry eyed with a nostalgic feeling for the swinging, good old times of the past. They don’t just sound old-school, they also look the part. Dressed to fit the times their music salutes and singing into a vintage microphone, the band will surely make us believe we can hear the crackling of a gramophone.

Also on Sunday, the eleventh Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival will host a performance by the newly formed band Gav.

The performance by the five-member band will introduce us all to a new kind of sound that they have already brought to audiences around the island and in Greece. Charged-up on the positive vibes from performances, the band is now ready to be part of an established festival.

Having experimented with acoustic set, the band has come up with an electric sonic identity that mainly focuses on a kind of music called skyladiko (translated into dog music), the specific kind of music which represents a large subculture in the 80s and 90s in Greece. While preserving the original structure of the skyladiko music genre, they add a sound quality to their own compositions that juggles between surf, ska and reggae, creating a new music genre that the band has named psychoskyladiko.

So get ready to familiarize yourself with the new kind of music and meet Aristi Poulli on vocals, Yiannis Christidis on the guitar and vocals, Lukasz Walewski on the trumpet, Nicolas Tryfonos on double bass and Yiannis Lakkotrypis on the drums.

Chris Byars Quartet
Live performance by the quartet. July 16. Vinylio Wine Etc, 33 Ankara Street, Limassol. 9.30pm. Tel: 96-810119

Mood Indigo Featuring Chris Byars
Live jazz music performance. July 17. Home for Cooperation, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Tel: 22-445740

Live performance by the jazz band as part of the eleventh Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival 2016. July 17. Heroes Square, Limassol. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 77-777745

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