There will be music to jazz around to in Paphos tomorrow and music to celebrate a great poet in Nicosia on Wednesday, with lots more to come in between.
The musicians taking it away in Paphos with some jazz ballads, blues and folk songs will be Lefteris Moumtzis (vocals), Ermis Michail (guitar) and Andreas Panteli (piano), who are collectively known as Sung Mellow.
Moumtzis is a composer and producer whose musical journey began at the age of six when he started piano lessons. Apart from his many solo releases and various collaborations, he is also the founder of the independent record label Louvana Records and the artistic director of Fengaros Music Festival, Music Village Fengaros and Lefkosia Loop Festival. His albums with Trio Tekke represent milestones of contemporary Greek rembetiko music, while his records as J.Kriste, Master of Disguise are a perfect blend of 70s folk and Reflections era Greek composer Manos Hatzidakis. His composing offerings can also be found on records from bands like the rock trio The Low Spark and the Greek prog-folk group Sotires in which he is a steady member as well. He has also composed music for several theatrical performances.
Michail started playing the guitar at 14 and studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory. He performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2010 as a member of the Rotterdam Big Band. In 2012 he won first prize at the Nicolas Economou Foundation Scholarship Competition and in 2014 he finished his studies in Rotterdam. Since then he has collaborated with many established musicians, such as, Gilad Atzmon, Tony Lakatos, Alexia Vasiliou and Damian Erksin.
In 2016 he released his debut album with original compositions, entitled Minor Change.
Panteli, lecturer at the University of Nicosia, is an active musician on the Cypriot jazz scene. As a pianist his focus is on improvisation and his sound shaped by his influences of classical and jazz music. He studied Jazz Piano Performance at the Rotterdam Conservatory and at the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag. In the last few years he has been performing and presenting his work in festivals and jazz venues around the island and abroad. He writes music for his personal projects as well as for theatre and dance plays.
On the musical menu tomorrow will be classic jazz vocal numbers as well as re-workings of folk and blues songs, done in the Sung Mellow very own unique way.
The words of Cypriot poet Demetris Lipertis will be heard through a musical performance at the Zaatar Food & Art Project in Nicosia on Wednesday, for poetry and Lebanese cuisine fans.
The music for this performance was composed by Larkos Larkos, who has put music to almost half of Lipertis’ dialectical poetry. These are complete (non-semantic) melodies of poems from the four volumes of Lipeptis’ Tzipriotika traouthkia (Cypriot songs), which highlight the most important spectrum of his idiomatic creation. The work is stylistically orchestrated around the 1900s, and the musical genres of that period are depicted in poetry through the composer’s personal stance.
For this performance Larkou will be on vocals, lute, guitar, tzoura and mandola, Atys Larkou will join him on vocals and violin, Panayiotis Tsappis on the ney, guitar and vocals, Marianna Moumdzi and Evripides Dikeos on percussions.
Jazz evening. May 20. Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre, Paphos. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 70-002420
Musical performance of songs with lyrics by poet Demetris Lipertis. May 23. Zaatar Food & Arts Project, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 22-100785