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The power of jazz piano

Pianist Loukas Louka, double bassist Omiros Andreas and drummer Philipp Psillides will come together for a jazz performance in Peyia next week. Sponsored by Peyia Municipality and staged under the auspices of mayor Marinos Lambrou, The Power of Jazz Piano Trio concert is presented as part of the New Year/Fresh Jazz series by Paphos Music Lovers.

Forming a jazz piano trio is a long-standing tradition on the jazz scene with musicians from Bill Evans to Oscar Peterson having done it. “Jazz pianists have formed trios to express the full melodic and harmonic power of the piano,” say organisers. And so the tradition continues in Cyprus through pianist Louka.

Pianist and music teacher Louka has a long history with jazz. He studied jazz piano with Cypriot jazz pianist Marios Toumbas and attended the Jazz Futures workshops that took place in Nicosia from 2008 until 2011, under the instruction of great jazz musicians from New York such as Sacha Perry, Vahagn Hayrapetyan, Ari Roland and Chris Byars. Today he is a member in several jazz combos and teaches music when not on stage.

Psillides was also part of the Jazz Futures workshops while he went on to expand his drum and jazz performance skills in New York, being taught by the well-known drummer Jean-Pierre Bouvet. Besides jazz and teaching music in Cypriot high schools now, Psillides also plays other music genres such as Latin.

The final member part of the jazz piano trio, is session and studio artist Omiros, who’s performed in Cyprus and abroad, with appearances with the state’s symphony orchestra, in musicals and on TV shows.

The power of jazz piano trio
Live jazz music by Loukas Louka, Philipp Psillides and Omiros Andreou. January 20. Cultural centre of Pegeia, Paphos. 6pm. Free.

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