Jazz events, festivals and jam sessions are gaining popularity in Cyprus and here to add their own touch to the scene is the Ioannis Vafeas Trio with a performance in Paphos on January 23. Drummer Ioannis Vafeas is joining forces with bassist Michael Messios and the talented young pianist Christos Yerolatsitis to perform as the Ioannis Vafeas Trio. The three artists will add their own style to not only well-known jazz standards in addition to presenting original compositions too.
Vafeas and Messios, both graduates of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, have a long background together characterised by “superb musicianship and creativity”. Their common understanding and connection – on and off the stage – is said to enable them to easily interact and bring their enthusiasm to their audience. The trio is completed with Yerolatsitis’ great talent, energy and experience on the Dutch jazz scene.
Vefeas performs regularly at major festivals, concert halls and prestigious jazz clubs all over the world and has shared the stage with great artists and symphony orchestras. He has numerous collaborations on CD’s, recordings and theatre productions and since 2002 has taught music in public schools, as well as jazz at private universities.
When Messios returned to Cyprus from Berklee he joined various ensembles including The Petsteppers, Charis Ioannou Trio, Cyprus big band and the Tassos Stylianou Trio where he performs and composes. He has also participated in major Jazz Festivals like the Krakow Jazz Festival in Bologna, the Kuwait Jazz Festival, Mitrovica Jazz Festival in Serbia, the Crete Jazz Festival and played in prestigious jazz clubs like the VORTEX in London. In 2013 he created his own band, the Michael Messios Symmetry Band, which performs his compositions only. His music is influenced by contemporary and traditional jazz and distinguished for its strong melody, harmony, complicated rhythms and motives.
The youngest member of this trio, pianist, keyboardist and composer Yerolatsitis has an interest in various music genres. His music can be characterised as colourful, intuitive and diverse, given that his experience is equally as varied. During his studies in the Netherlands he played in the biggest theatres of the country alongside well-known artists, before moving to Mumbai to become the head of the piano department of the True School of Music. These days, he is back in Cyprus working with international bands as a leader and a side man.
Jazz concert with the Ioannis Vafeas Trio
Evening of live jazz by Ioannis Vafeas, Michael Messios and Christos Yerolatsitis. January 23. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 8pm. €10. Tel: 70002420