The Rialto theatre in Limassol is getting ready to entertain us with some international and local talent over the next few days. The theatre may be small, but the sounds it attracts are big in talent and energy.
The first event will take place on Sunday when one of Russia’s most prominent and celebrated guitarists, Roman Miroshnichenko, will perform together with the Leonid Nesterov Trio.
Miroshnichenko, who is one of the most prominent musicians of contemporary jazz, has been nominated and won awards in more international musical contests than any other Russian musician. He has collaborated with such world-renowned musicians as Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, and others.
He is a phenomenal guitarist who puts his own stamp and highly individual touch on the guitar. His improvisations and melodic tunes, captured both in his recordings and his live performances, are what have set him apart from other modern musicians.
The guitarist is the founder and the leader of the band RMProject, who often tour throughout Europe and have been headliners at some of the most prestigious jazz festivals.
Miroshnichenko will be joined on stage by the Leonid Nesterov Trio. The trio, who are Nicolas Tryphonos on bass, Andreas Stefanou on drums and Leonid Nesterov on the piano, often perform in Limassol and have worked alongside some of the most well-known jazz musicians of our time.
The next one on Tuesday has a much more local feel and different beat. As part of the Kypria International Festival, the local band Monsieur Doumani will be joined by the London-based band She’Koyokh.
Monsieur Doumani, nominated for Best Group at the Songlines Music Awards 2016, were formed in 2011 in Nicosia by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (wind instruments). Although each member of Monsieur Doumani comes from a different musical background, all three are influenced by Cypriot folklore on various levels.
They focus on re-arranging Cypriot traditional songs by adding their own particular colour to their sound and feeling. They also compose their own songs in the Cypriot dialect, which are inspired by contemporary Cypriot society.
Their live appearances at festivals and venues across Europe have been very well-received by diverse audiences and their music has been presented on radio stations around the globe, such as BBC, NPR, Radio France, Sveriges Radio, and PBS Melbourne.
She-Koyokh have been hailed as “one of London’s musical treasures, playing the best Balkan and Klezmer music in Britain,” by the Evening Standard. The band have spent over a decade absorbing the rich folk music traditions of Jewish Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Meshing location and genre with consummate ease, She’ Koyokh perform Bosnian love songs, Bulgarian wedding dances in crazy time signatures, Romanian fiddle tunes, ballads from Thessaloniki and rip-roaring Klezmer music.
The band’s evolution goes from busking at East London’s Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Gasteig in Munich and London’s Southbank Centre. As well as TV appearances and live sessions on radio, they have performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cheltenham, WOMAD and Sziget. The group has released four very successful albums.
The program will begin with Monsieur Doumani presenting material from their two albums, Grippy Grappa and Sikoses. They will later be joined on stage by She’Koyokh. The two bands will interact, then She’Koyokh will take over the stage and perform their own repertoire.
The two bands will also perform in Nicosia on Wednesday, Paralimni on Thursday, and Paphos on Friday.
Roman Miroshnickenko and the Leonid Nesterov Trio
Live performance by the guitarist and the band. September 25. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €25/15. Tel: 77-777745
Music performance by She’Koyokh and Monsieur Doumani. September 27. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €10/5. Tel: 77-777745