“Jazz washes away the dust of every day life.”
Four jazz concerts; four jazz groups; sixteen excellent jazz musicians gather in the basement of Windcraft Music Centre to “wash away the dust” of the summer city nights. Windcraft brings together four new collaborations with fresh sounds in a “tribute to jazz”!
Greg Makamian~ contrabass
Featuring Achilleas Tomasides ~ tenor sax
Featuring the “new generation” of Cypriot jazz musicians, Dimitris Miaris Trio will be playing classic songs of the golden era of Jazz, with a Bebop feel of Jazz pianists like Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk. Featuring on the tenor saxophone for this concert: Achilleas Tomasides.
Charis Ioannou ~ saxophone
Stelios Papazoglou ~ guitar
Andreas Rodosthenous ~ bass
Rodos Panayiotou ~ drums
Trio Smiles has been a part of the Cyprus live music scene for the last few years. Due to living in different countries the opportunities to make music together is mostly once in the year so the meeting and music making becomes even more special and to challenge it even more the goal is every year to have a new musical thema and various guests. In the last few years projects consisted of the Trio with Gabriela Kozyra and Eleonora Rousou playing the music of Joyce, the Trio with George Krasides playing Original Compositions, the Trio with Magda Mendes tributing Milton Nascimento etc.
This year we decide to dedicate our focus on Wes Montgomery. There are many sides to the great artist phenomenon Wes Montgomery. He was not only one of the jazz guitar greats, celebrating the tradition of the instrument but also taking it further to open new ways for the future, he was apart from that a great improviser always searching and finding the best available notes and melodies satisfying any audience and musicians and not necessary guitarists. Wes wrote many great compositions with some of them becoming standards in the jazz world and since the 60's being performed massively. Wes Montgomery in the few years of his recorded career (1957-1968) managed to play in various group formats and styles and with a diverse pallet of artists. From smokey organ blues to swing classics, latin grooves,orchestra and pop covers Wes managed to put always his stamp and never dichotomized music into styles and categories-just played the best he could unconditionally. Last but not least being the master of a not common thumb technic,managed to show the world that anything can be done!!!
Trio smiles consists of Rodos Panagiotou/Drums, Andreas Rodosthenous/Bass, Stelios Papazoglou/Guitar and this year having as special guest with them Charis Ioannou/alto Saxophone
Mon 29 July, SYMMETRY JAZZ TRIO
Marios Toumbas ~ piano
Michael Messios ~ bass
Ioannis Vafeas ~ drums
Symmetry is a newly formed jazz trio featuring Marios Toumbas on piano, Michalis Messios on bass and Ioannis Vafeas on drums. The band will perform original music (mainly written by M. Messios) as well as jazz standards.
Fr 2 August, QUADRAPHONIC FM
Ahmet Elmas ~ saxophone
Ermis Michail ~ guitar
Andreas Panteli ~ piano
Cahit Kutrafali ~ bass
Stelios Xydias ~ drums
Quadraphonic FM is a newly formed modern jazz band consisting of Ahmet Elmas (saxophone), Andreas Panteli (piano), Cahit Kutrafali (bass), Stelios Xydias (drums) and Ermis Michael (guitar) as a special guest. After their successful debut at AglanJazz Festival earlier this summer, they meet again at Windcraft to present pieces of modern jazz composers, such as Seamus Blake, Aaron Parks, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Robert Glasper among others, specially arranged for this quartet’s sound!
All concerts start at 9p.m.
Concert fee: 6 euro
For info: 22 377748
WINDCRAFT SAX BAND in FETE DE LA MUSIQUE!
Friday 21st June, Faneromeni Square
Windcraft Sax Band is participating at the event organised by the Nicosia Municipality and Institut Francais Chypre to celebrate the International Music Day! Our band performs at 22:00!
JOIN US FOR FREE MUSIC & FUN!
Free Demonstration class, Sat. 18 May
Songs, instrumental playing, movement activities and many more!
Windcraft offers a FREE demonstration class of music lessons for pre-school aged children (ages 3-6)!
Two demo classes on Sat. 18/5 at 10a.m. (in Greek) and 11a.m. (in English)!
Try out our pre-school music lessons and discover the benefits of music and movement activities on your young child's mental and physical development!
One-month summer music classes for the little ones to follow in JUNE 2013!
Windcraft Music Centre and the Cyprus Saxophone Association
οrganise SAXOPHONE SEMINARS with the title:
IMPROVISATION: ITS NATURE AND PRACTICE
with the eminent saxophonist
Sat. 13 April 2013
15:00 – 19:00 (with interval)
The seminars will focus on*:
• Fundamentals of non-genre specific improvising, both freely and over harmony
• Jazz improvisation techniques
• Harmonic, melodic and rhythmic ideas on improvisation.
*Suitable for all levels, regardless of experience in improvisation.
"Improvisation looking at its nature and practice" In this workshop we will look at the fundamentals of what improvisation is. Where it comes from and where you can go with it. We will cover both technical and artistic topics from the point of view of a saxophonist. Technical exercises for improvisation will be covered along with looking at the artistic intentions behind the techniques, answering both what you can do on the saxophone? where you can do it musically? and why you want to? We'll look at different ways and scenarios in which to apply this thinking and look at the end goal which is essentially the making of good music!
After Graduating with a first class BA honours degree from the prestigious jazz course at Leeds College of Music in 2008 Tom’s skills lay in his uncanny improvisational ability and unique creative approach to the saxophone and the jazz idiom. With interests and influences from the jazz world along with keen interests in Contemporary Improvised music, Balkan folk music, Hindustani Classical music, Afro Cuban music and DIY Avant Garde Electronica Tom has a very broad palette of tastes and knowledge.Tom’s main musical focus is involved with the acute and detailed processes of improvisation. His interests lay in how the combinations of musical elements from separate genres can lay on top of each other and how both academic processes and emotive urges and senses can be combined to produce wonderfully elaborate music without the need for pre-learned scores or musical preconceptions.He studied (2010-2012) for a Master of Music course at the Conservatory in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) funded by the Arts Council of Wales’ Advanced study award program specializing in research on the use of Low Tech electronics within freely improvised music and its application practically and academically.Tom has performed with many artists, names including Tony Allen (Fela Kuti), Brian Jackson (Gil Scott-Heron), Mathew Bourne, Frank Vigroux, Chris Sharkey (Acoustic Lady Land, Trio Vd), Dave Kane, Huw Warren, along with being an active Member of LIMA (Leeds improvised Music Association). Tom has recently become more involved with the Cologne (Germany) free improv scene completing extensive tours across Germany and The Netherlands and is a long standing member of the Dutch Hip-Hop band Re:Freshed Orchestra.
Participation fee: € 15
(€10 for Windcraft’s students and members of the Cyprus Saxophone Association)
The seminars will take place at:
WINDCRAFT MUSIC CENTRE. 27 Xanthis Xenierou, 1015 Nicosia
MODERN JAZZ QUARTET...returns at Windcraft!
Friday 12 April 2013, 21:00
Thomas Lumley (uk) - saxophone
Ermis Michail - guitar
Greg Makamian - double bass
Stelios Xydias - drums
Following the success of their first performance on 20/1/13, the above musicians return to Windcraft for a another exciting jazz session!
The band will perform jazz standards as well as original compositions from Thomas Lumley (UK) and Ermis Michail. A modern Jazz sound with fresh grooves and harmonies.
Entrance 5 euro
Classical Indian Music and Traditional Music
Thursday 28 February 2013, 21:00
Julia Ohrmann – bansuri
Stavroula Constanti – ney
Ravi Saundankar – tabla
Concert fee: 10 euro
Concert starts at 21:00
Tickets available at Windcraft
Julia Ohrmann is a flautist specialized in playing bansuri, a bamboo flute, used to improvise upon the beautiful themes of North Indian Classical music.
Classically trained from childhood in Germany, Julia went on to study musicology in Paris where she became influenced by, both its international and local music scenes of the city.Discovering magic of the sound of the bansuri, she became interested in the spiritual path of learning Indian music in India under the guidance of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. During all this time she has been performing in numerous musical projects, blending theatre, film, dance, world and Western classical and styles, in collaboration all over Europe and in India.
Stavroula Constanti was born in Cyprus. After studying English literature and anthropology, she moved to Greece, where she studied ney at the Athens Conservatory (class of Harris Lambrakis). Meanwhile, she took master classes with Ömer Erdoğdular, in Crete, Labyrinth Musical Workshop. She then enrolled at the Conservatory of Rotterdam, where she studied with the renown ney player, Kudsi Erguner. In 2012, she was awarded her masters of music degree. She has played in concert with Ross Daly, Keyvan Chemirami, Pericles Papapetropoulos, Omer Erdogdular, Kyriakos Kalaidzides, Efren Lopez, Michalis Kouloumis among others.
Ravi Saundankar is a musician from Maharashtra, India who has now settled in Cyprus. Born to musical parents, he received early guidance and began studying music at the young age of 7. Later he studied music at Ustad Alla Rakha Institute of Music, in Mumbai. He received his diploma for Vocal and Tabla at ‘Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya’ University of Music. Tabla is an incredibly diverse instrument that can be used in a wide range of musical settings. Ravi has performed with many great musicians in live stage performances, radio and TV shows in India as well as European countries around the world. These performances include the prestigious events at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and University of Cyprus. His expertise includes performing a variety of music including Indian classical, ethnic Jazz, world music and fusion. Ravi’s music continues to be appreciated by many senior musicians in numerous honorable events. His accompaniment in music is known to be very spontaneous, while incorporating the rules governing Tal (rhythm), Laya (tempo) and Matras (meter). Using his style in improvisation he also plays other percussion instruments such as Dholak, Naal and Khanjira. Ravi has worked as assistant music director and arranger for several music albums published in India and Scandinavia.
Sunday 17 February 2013, 21:00
A night with ethnic music, including traditional pieces and original compositions in an improvisatory style.
Alkis Agathokleous - ney
Giannis Koutis - oud, vocals
Ravi Saundankar - tabla
Sunday 17/2, 21:00
Concert fee: 6 euro (includes drink)
MODERN JAZZ AT WINDCRAFT
Sunday 27 January 2013, 21:00
After the completion of the series "Sundays at Windcraft", another Sunday concert at Windcraft!
Modern Jazz Quartet:
Tom Lumley - Saxophone
Ermis Michail - Guitar
Greg Makamian - Double Bass
Stelios Xydias - Drums
Original compositions from Tom Lumley (UK) and Ermis Michail. A modern Jazz sound with fresh grooves and harmonies.
Concert fee: 5 euro
Concert starts at 21:00
SUNDAYS AT WINDCRAFT - Concert Series #1
16/12/12 - 20/1/13
WINDCRAFT hosts a series of concerts in the friendly and unique atmosphere of its basement!
Alkis Agathokleous (ney)
Giannis Koutis (oud, vocals)
Ravi Saundankar (tabla)
Jazz & Classical saxophonists meet on stage!
Charis Ioannou (soprano sax)
Elli Michael (alto sax)
Panayiotis Souroullas (alto sax)
Zbigniew Irzenski (tenor sax)
Christos Papadopoulos (tenor sax)
Yiannis Miralis (baritone sax)
30/12/12 - MODERN JAZZ TRIO*
Andreas Pandeli (piano)
Greg Makamian (double-bass)
Stelios Xydias (drums)
13/1/13 - KIND OF BRASS
World music with a brass twist!
Christos Loizides - trumpet
Elli Michael - alto sax
Eliana Pavlou - french horn
Demetris Yiasemides - trombone
Greg Makamian - contrabass
Vasilis Vasiliou - percussion
20/1/13 - A NIGHT AT THE OPERA...
Elli Aloneftou - mezzo-soprano
Kyriakos Sophocleous - bass
Drosostalida Moraiti - piano
General admission: 5euro
All concerts start at 20:00
*( Please note that, due to other obligations of some of the musicians, there have been some changes to the original line-up)
22 December 2012, 16:00 - 19:00
WINDCRAFT MUSIC CENTRE invites you to celebrate Christmas-time with hand-made presents to buy, warm wine, Christmas delicacies and of course...some live music from Windcraft's students, teachers and friends!
Join us with your family and friends on 22nd December, 4-7p.m., on our Christmas party and enjoy our lovely Christmas atmosphere and nice melodies from Windcraft's students, the Windcraft Sax Band and the Windcraft Flute Quartet.
1&8 December 2012, 11:00 - 15:00
Windcraft Music Centre provides high quality teaching on all wind instruments.In a pleasant, friendly and modern environment, Windcraft Music Centre’s team is ready to offer their knowledge and assistance to anyone who wishes to be initiated into the art of wind instruments!Come and meet the staff on Saturdays 1st and 8th December where you can see and have a go on all the wind instruments!
From 12:00 to 13:00, join us with your kids for some exciting music games and activities!
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...Κarnatic music in everyday music
5-11 November 2012
Windcraft Music Centre organises seminars with the internationally recognized Cypriot composer Andys Skorids on the subject: Karnatic (South Indian) music and its application on everyday music practicing, composing and improvising.
Karnatic music, and the way it can be applied to education, has so much richness and lends simplicity to the most complicated issues we face today: from performing a simple quintuplet to the most complicated polyrhythmic structures.
This first cycle of masterclasses will offer a short introduction in Karnatic music and its basic principles and concepts. The Ghatis (rhythmic structure) system will be explained, as well as how polyrhythms (Jathis) can be created with them. All these will be presented in accordance with Tala (metre) and will be explained in such a way that they can be applied in everyday music practice.
Appropriate for all kind of musicians, dancers, actors and anyone involved with music.
• DATES. 5-6-7 Νοvember 19:00 – 21:00 OR 9-10-11 Νοvember 16:00-18:00
• PARTICIPATION FEE. €25 per workshop / €60 all workshops.
• PLACE. Windcraft Music Centre. 27 Xanthis Xenierou, 1015, Nicosia (close to “OXI” roundabout).
• Limited number of places. Call to reserve a place.
Andys Skordis, email@example.com, +31 641487777, 99482782
Windcraft Music Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org, 99549141
More advanced seminars on the same subject to follow.
Some words about Andys Skordis:
Andys Skordis is a composer, currently living in Amsterdam. Andys studied composition and film scoring at Berklee College of Music, composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Karnatic music. He composes music for acoustical instruments, he plays percussion with a local klezmer band, he has his own free improvisation ensemble and he plays gamelan with Jumat Siang.