ARCHIVE 2015-16

ZENTRALKAPELLE BERLIN

in Cyprus

1&3 October 2015

 

Berlin concert band to perform with the Windcraft Band in Nicosia and Limassol in early October
 

When Cyprus calls the Zentralkapelle is up for the challenge. At the invitation of the Windcraft Music Centre, the Berlin based orchestra with its 35 musicians will travel to the island for two concerts in early October.

 

The Zentralkapelle’s concerts will demonstrate that Europeans do indeed stand together. Both concerts will feature a lively entertaining programme of typically German Blasmusik tunes and pop songs paired with pieces played with the local Windcraft Band.

 

The concerts will both take place on special occasions: The first concert celebrates the Cypriot day of independence, while the second commemorates the German national day of reunification. This is as symbolic as it gets.
 

  
The Concerts
 

Thursday, 1st October 2015
6 p.m.
Medieval Castle Square, Limassol

 

Saturday, 3rd October 2015
8 p.m.
Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation’s “Open Stage”, Nicosia

 

Free entrance to both concerts
 
 
About Zentralkapelle Berlin
Several friends founded the orchestra in 2002. It has since then become one of the most colourful concert bands in Berlin, exciting audiences in venues like the Berlin Philharmonic as well as remote locations throughout the city  - and with concerts abroad: The Zentralkapelle has already travelled to Sweden and Southern Germany, and now finally to Cyprus as well.

 

www.zentralkapelle.de

www.facebook.com/zentralkapelle

 

The concerts are organised in collaboration with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nicosia.

Supported by the Municipality of Nicosia and the Cypriot-German Cultural Association.

 

Information: 22-377748, info@windcraftmusic.com

 

 

Trumpet player

Andreas Polyzogopoulos

in Cyprus this January for two concerts with the

Andreas Rodosthenous Trio

17&18 January 2016

 

Andreas Polyzogopoulos, one of the most eminent trumpet players in the Greek jazz music scene, collaborates for the first time with three excellent Cypriot jazz musicians of the new generation – Andreas Rodosthenous (bass), Giorgos Morfitis (piano) and Stelios Xydias (drums). In their two unique concerts in Limassol (17/1) and Nicosia (18/1), the four musicians will perform compositions of the bass player Andreas Rodosthenous, as well as original pieces from Andreas Polyzogopoulos’ personal albums. Their music is formed through the long performance experience and experimentation and the multiple influences of all four musicians.

 

The Andreas Rodosthenous Trio was formed three years ago by the bassist Andreas Rodosthenous, with Stelios Xydias on the drums and Giorgos Morfitis on the piano. The trio then collaborated with Iakovos Parpas on the Saxophone to present their first concert. Following that, they recorded the first personal works of Andreas titled “Simplicity” (2015) with Alkis Agathokleous on the Ney, who then continued performing with them. The band got invited to prestigious festivals like EUNIC jazz festival in Berlin and Technopolis jazz festival in Athens. The band is now in the process of recording their second cd.

 

Andreas Polyzogopoulos first got involved in music by studying guitar at the age of ten in Samiko, a small village in South-West Greece where he was born. At sixteen he moves to Athens and starts participating in rock and blues bands but soon he discovers jazz. He studies jazz guitar with Yiotis Samaras at Philipos Nakas Conservatory and in 2000 picks up the trumpet. In October 2002 he moves to the Netherlands and studies at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam. He also takes lessons from Markus Stockhausen and Angelo Verploegen and follows a workshop with Paolo Fresu in Sardegna. While studying in Amsterdam he plays with various multi-ethnic groups and in 2006 he forms “Poly Quartet”, a group that performs his own compositions. In 2008, the band records the album “Perfumed Dreams” and wins the first place in “Motives for Jazz” competition in Belgium. The same year he graduates from Conservatorium van Amsterdam and returns to Greece. He appears on 45 records, has performed all over Greece and Europe and in 2010 was a member of the European Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 2013 he recorded a Cd with songs of his favourite rock band and all-time inspiration Pink Floyd (Heart of The Sun - The music of Pink Floyd) and toured around Europe and in New York city. Andreas colaborated with Tore Brunborg, Michel Portal, Gunter Baby Zomer, Markus Stockhausen, Tony Lakatos, Psarantonis, Savina Yannatou, Maria Farantouri, Dulce Pontes, Serge Teyssot Gay (Noir Desires), Anne Paceo, Kostas Theodorou, Yiorgos Kontrafouris, Mode Plagal, Nikos Sidirokastritis, Yiotis Kiourtsoglou, David Lynch, Stavros Lantsias, Haig Yazdjan, Vangelis Katsoulis, Takis Barberis, Thanasis Papakonstantinou among others. In 2014 Andreas brings a new band together playing his newest compositions. The record released in 2015 is called “Anicca” and the Mediterranean sound is more present in the sound of the band.

 

 

The musicians:

Andreas Polyzogopoulos - trumpet

Andreas Rodosthenous - bass

Giorgos Morfitis - piano

Stelios Xydias - drums

 

The concerts:

Sunday 17th January 2016, 20:30

Opposite coffee-house "Sto Dromo"

Genethliou Mitella st., Limassol

 

Monday 18th January 2016. 20:30

Windcraft Music Centre

27 Xanthis Xenierou st., Nicosia

 

Concert fee: 10 euro

Reservations: 22-377748

 

Play Solo!

Improvisation workshop for winds

with Andreas Polyzogopoulos

14&16 January 2016

 

Trumpet player Andreas Polyzogopoulos guides and inspires us in the topic of music improvisation.

In two 2-hour sessions, we will deal with such subjects as:

How do we build melodies spontaneously, what is our relationship to time and rhythm and how can we team up notes into phrases?

An introduction to the exciting world of music improvisation that will initiate beginners and will provide more advanced musicians with fresh ideas and approaches.

 

Emphasis will be given on the performance of wind instruments, though other instrumentalists are also welcome to join.

 

Thursday 14 January 2015, 19:00-21:00

Saturday 16 January 2015, 11:00-13:00

at Windcraft Music Centre, Nicosia

 

Participation fee for each workshop: 15 euro

(10 euro for Windcraft Loud members and Windcraft students)

Information and reservations at 22-37774

CONDUCTING WORKSHOPS for beginners

with Marios Stylianou

23&24 January 2016

 

The workshops will be based mainly on the standard technique required to achieve proper communication between the conductor and the orchestra, in both theoretical and practical basis.

Cost for one day (4 hours): €15
Cost for two days (8 hours): €25

 23 & 24 January 2016, 15:00-19:30 (with interval)

For more information: 22377748 / 99474296 / info@windcraftmusic.com / marios_tromponi@yahoo.com

Jazz with Middle-Eastern roots

Gilad Atzmon & Ofer Ganor

meet

Irineos Koullouras & Stelios Xydias

12 February 2016, 21:00

 

The great jazz saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and accomplished guitarist Ofer Ganor meet bassist Irineos Koullouras and drummer Stelios Xydias for a jazz concert on 12th February at Windcraft Music Centre in Nicosia.

 

Windcraft Loud presents four jazz musicians in a powerful music programme with well-known jazz tunes performed in a unique, sophisticated style that combines great bebop artistry with the sounds of the Middle East.

 

Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli-born British jazz musician, music producer, novelist and activist. As a multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments. His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He has been described by John Lewis on the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz" and he is touring extensively around the world playing in festivals, concert halls and clubs. Gilad Atzmon's music moves more and more towards a cultural hybrid.   Atzmon is interested in exploring the meaning of urban folk, the cultural melting pot of the contemporary city. As a bandleader and reed player he has been amazing his listeners with his powerful personal style which merges the music of the Middle East and Eastern Europe together with Jazz and contemporary improvised music.

 

Ofer Ganor is an accomplished Israeli jazz guitarist who has studied, recorded and played with great jazz legends such as Herbie Hancock, Ron Cater, James Moody, Wynton Marsalis and others. After completing his studies at the Berklee College of Music and the prestigious Thelonius Monk Institute, he moved to New York where he gained experience playing in many clubs and concerts with musicians such as Dwayne Eubanks, Peter Bernstein, Liz Diamond, Avi Leibovich and many others.  In 2000 he returned to Israel and has worked with many local artists and has spent time teaching and passing on his knowledge and experience to a younger generation of musicians. He has given master classes in Israel, Cyprus and France and accompanied visiting jazz artists such as Jim Rotondi and Peter Bernstein. “Miles Away” (2011) is his latest release Featuring legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb and Yonatan Levi on Bass.

 

Cypriot double-bass player Irineos Koullouras studied next to the famous jazz musicians Ron Carter, Charlie Banacos and Ed Barker, while he performed in New York and many European countries with great musicians such as Gary Burton, Theothosi Spassov, Ofer Ganor, Amos Hoffman, Steve Hass, Walter Smith, Asaf Uria, among others. In 2001 he moved to Athens, where he collaborated with Charis Alexiou, Christos Leontis, Nikos Xydakis, Nena Venetsanou, Socrates Malamas, Arturo Sandoval, Larry Harlow and others and he was teaching double-bass at the Nakas Music School. Currently he performs regularly with his Trio (along with Giorgos Krasides on the saxophone and Giorgos Koulas on the drums) and other bands.

 

After his studies at the Codarts Rotterdam Conservatory, drummer Stelios Xydias returned to Cyprus where he is am active performer and a music educator. He performed in many international and local music festivals, next to great musicians such as Gilad Atzmon, Alexia Vassiliou and others. He also performed in various records (“Simplicity” with the Andreas Rodosthenous Ethnic Jazz Ensemble, “Seven Miles East” and “Colours of Another Sky” by the Takoushis-Karapatakis Project etc.) and in October 2014 he published his personal EP “Silence”, which is a solo drums project.

 

 

Gilad Atzmon – saxophone, clarinet

Ofer Ganor – guitar

Irineos Koullouras – double bass

Stelios Xydias – drums

 

Friday 12 February 2016, 21:00

Windcraft Music Centre (27 Xanthis Xenierou, 1015 Nicosia)

Concert fee 10 euro

Information / Reservations: 22-377748

The Ear

Workshop with the great saxophonist

Gilad Atzmon

Friday 12 February 2016, 18:00

 

In this workshop Gilad will explore different  improvisational technics that are based on intuition and ear  rather than scholarlship.  

 

For Gilad, music is all about the primacy of the ear, after all, we play music because we like the sound of it. 

 

You are advised to bring along your musical instrument, your voice and imagination...

 

Friday 12 February 2016, 18:00-19:30

at Windcraft Music Centre, Nicosia

 

Participation fee: 15 euro

(10 euro for Windcraft Loud members and Windcraft students)

For all instrumentalists and singers at any level.

Listeners are also welcomed!

Information and reservations at 22-37774

Michael Messios Symmetry Band

Sunday 28 February 2016, 21:00

 

The Michael Messios Symmetry Band returns on Windcraft’s stage with new original compositions, shortly before their performance in maybe the most famous jazz club of Berlin.

 

The band consists of Charis Ioannou (saxophone), Marios Toumbas (piano), Michael Messios (double bass) and Ioannis Vafeas (drums) and has performed in numerous local and international festivals, bringing the art of improvisation on stage with incredible artistry.

 

Michael Messios’ more recent compositions can be characterized as contemporary jazz compositions with strong influences from traditional jazz. In the music, one can recognize strong melodies, along with complex rhythms and harmony. The variety of rhythms and styles keep the listener’s interest throughout the concert.

 

Charis Ioannou – saxophones

Marios Toumbas – piano

Michael Messios – double bass

Ioannis Vafeas – drums

 

Sunday 28 February 2016, 21:00

Windcraft Music Centre (27 Xanthis Xenierou, 1015 Nicosia)

Concert fee 6 euro

Information / Reservations: 22-377748

Communication within the musical group

A music workshop with saxophonist

DAVID LYNCH

Saturday 2 April 2016, 16:00-17:30

 

Windcraft Loud organises a music workshop with renowned saxophonist David Lynch, on the topic of communicating with each other within a musical group.

How does a musical group work effectively together? How do they rehearse, how do they achieve common trust and respect? Do they listen to each other when playing music, when talking about the music, when relating their vision about a composition to be worked on?

A group is a relationship as any other. It’s a partnership, an exchange of energy, an interaction of inner expression, of emotion, of ideas, of the subconscious. It involves being present, having our «feelers» be sensitized.

Our intention need be that of awareness of those around us and our relationship to them. Every note we play is in direct conjunction to what everyone else is playing.

David Lynch has the pleasure to welcome musicians of all styles to take part in a musical exchange.

 

Saxophonist David Lynch is one of the most prominent musicians of the contemporary music scene of Greece. Born in Los Angeles, California, he studied jazz with James Moody, Charles Lloyd, Ralph Bowen and Garvin Buschell. Since 1982 he lives and works in Greece, where was the founder or co-founder of groups such as Human Touch (with Stavros Lantsias and Yiotis Kiourtsoglou), Iskra, Special Request, Duo Faros (with Giorgos Kaloudis), The Missing Lynch, The Heavy Metal Band, among others. Among the artists he has performed with are Arturo Sandoval, Trilok Gurtu, Arild Anderson, Milcho Leviev, The Temptations, Barry White, Galaxy 2 Galaxy, Joe Higgs, as well as Haig Yazdjian, Eleni Karaindrou, Elli Paspala, Alkinoos Ioannides, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Giorgos Ntalaras, Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Kyriakos Sfetsas and others. As a solo artist, David has released three albums: Lit’l Song, Wandering Home (live recording at the Athens Music Hall) and Mousiki me thea.

 

[On 4th April 2016 David Lynch will perform at the Rialto Theater in Limassol, during the presentation of the new album by the Takoushis-Karapatakis Project "Colours of Another Sky", together with Marios Takoushis (piano), Gabriel Karapatakis (bass), Zacharias Spyridakis (cretan lyra) and Stelios Xydias (drums). Information: 77777745]

 

Saturday 2 April 2016, 16:00-17:30

Windcraft Music Centre (27 Xanthis Xenierou, 1015 Nicosia)

Participation fee 15 euro (10 euro for Windcraft Loud members)

Information / Reservations: 22-377748

Ioanna Troullidou Sextet

The Gershwin Project

16 April 2016, 21:00

 

 

Windcraft Loud proudly presents the brand new jazz project of singer Ioanna Troullidou, “The Gershwin Project”. The concert will present a selection of songs written by the famous pianist and composer George Gershwin, some of them as arranged by the composer and saxophonist Chris Byars in a more modern but yet classic approach, and others in the interpretation in which each of the talented musicians will give with their performance:

 

Ioanna Troullidou/voice

Charis Ioannou/ saxophone
Elias Ioannou/trumpet
Marios Toumbas/piano
Irenaeos Koullouras/dbass
Ioannis Vafeas/ drums

 

 

Saturday 16 April 2016, 21:00

Windcraft Music Centre (27 Xanthis Xenierou, 1015 Nicosia)

Concert fee 8 euro

Information / Reservations: 22-377748

Gilad Atzmon Trio

G. Atzmon-I. Koullouras-S. Xydias

12 May 2016, 21:00

 

The “Whistle Blower” and one of the most accomplished musicians of the contemporary jazz scene, Gilad Atzmon, returns to Cyprus for three concerts presenting a powerful music programme with well-known jazz tunes, all performed in a unique, sophisticated style that combines great bebop artistry with the sounds of the Middle East. For his performances, Gilad will collaborate with the talented jazz musicians Irinaeos Koullouras (double-bass) and Stelios Xydias (drums).

 

Gilad Atzmon/saxophone, clarinet

Irenaeos Koullouras/double bass
Stelios Xydias/ drums

 

Tursday 12 May 2016, 21:00

Windcraft Music Centre (27 Xanthis Xenierou, 1015 Nicosia)

Concert fee 10 euro

Information / Reservations: 22-377748

The Well Tempered Sruti Box

Performance and Workshop with saxophonist

Hayden Chisholm

20/21 May 2016

 

Saxophonist and composer Hayden Chisholm presents on Friday 20th May at Windcraft his solo performance The Well Tempered Sruti Box and on Saturday 21st May he offers a three-hour music workshop where he will share his personal theories and playing techniques.  

 

The performance

The Well-Tempered Sruti Box is a series of songs for saxophone and sruti box developed by Hayden Chisholm. The two instruments together give a unique sound that is truly hypnotic. Using overtones and just improvisation, the music slowly moves through all of the keys and begins to very slowly move the listener to other states of awareness. This music has been released twice on Hayden's two 13CD sets "13 Views of the Heart's Cargo" and "Cusp of Oblivion".

 

The workshop

Hayden Chisholm has been giving masterclasses worldwide for over 20 years and is recognised not only as a leading saxophonist but also as an experienced teacher dedicated to the art. Although he specializes in intonation and sound production his workshops cover a wide range of topics from ear training, improvisation, overtones, body work, breath, song learning, and general musicianship. His long running masterclass in Greece "The G-sting of Pythagoras" applies ancient music theory for the modern saxophonist. Although he regularly teaches and universities and conservatories he has a passion for early music education and always opens up his courses for players of all levels and other wind instruments. 

 

Hayden Chisholm

Hayden Chisholm is a New Zealand saxophonist and composer. After studying in Cologne with a DAAD scholarship he continued his music studies in Japan in India. In 1995 he developed a new microtonal system he termed "split scales" for saxophone which he revealed on his debut solo CD "Circe". Since then his compositions have been recorded by BBC and WDR radios and he has toured and recorded extensively  worldwide. He has created music for several Rebecca Horn installations as well as composing scores for her films. In 2008 he was assistant director in the Salzburger Festspiele.  He has taught at Universities throughout the world and gives yearly master classes in Greece. He curates the annual Plushmusic festival in Cologne and Bremen. In 2013 he released the 13 Box Set "13 Views of the Heart's Cargo" and received the German SWR Jazz Prize. In 2015 he was "Improvisor in Residence" in Moers and opened the Moers Jazz Festival. In 2016 he released his second 13CD box "Cusp of Oblivion" on the Moontower Foundation Edition and directed his first short film "Sisyphus Runs".

 

www.haydenchisholm.net

www.softspeakers.com 

 

 

The Well Tempered Sruti Box (performance)

Friday 20 May 2016, 21:00

Concert fee: 7 euro

 

Music workshop for winds and other instruments

Saturday 21 May 2016, 11:00-14:00

Participation fee: 15 euro (10 euro for Windcraft Loud members)

 

Reservations: 22 377748

 

Windcraft's Summer Concert

Sunday 26 June 2016, 19:30

 

After another productive year, we are ready to welcome summer with an outdoor concert by the sound of winds and drums!


Woodwind and brass ensembles, saxophone quartets, young musicians' groups and two percussion gangs with cajons and djembes will perform an exciting music programme. The concert will conclude with Windcraft Band's new funk-traditional repertoire, just before the band packs their bags for their first Berlin Tour!


Join us in your summer mood at old Nicosia's prettiest yard!

 

 

 

Sunday 26 June2016, 19:30

Bank of Cyprus Cultural Centre

86-90 Faneromenis st.
Free entrance!

 

Windcraft Band in Berlin

16-18 July 2016

 

Around twenty enthusiastic musicians from around the world met in 2013 in Nicosia and formed the Windcraft Band. This multicultural wind band celebrates their passion for music and fills up the city and village squares with their powerful brass sound. Funky and latin grooves make space to elegant swing pieces, rock sounds to traditional Greek and Balkan tunes, and everything blends to create a magical atmosphere, the way it always happens when people join their breaths and voices…

After first performing together with the Zentralkapelle Berlin in Nicosia and Limassol in October 2015, the Windcraft Band is ready to share the stage once more with its partner band, this time in Berlin:

 

Saturday, 16 July, 11:30
26. Hafenfest im Historischen Hafen Berlin
with Zentralkapelle Berlin
Historischer Hafen Berlin
Märkisches Ufer
U2-Bhf Märkisches Museum
www.hafenfest.berlin

Saturday, 16 July, 15:00
24. Lesbisch-schwules Stadtfest Berlin 2016
Stage A | Ecke Fuggerstraße/Eisenacher Straße
U1/U2/U3/U4-Bhf Nollendorfplatz
www.stadtfest.berlin

Monday, 18 July, 12:00 - 13:00
Wurstkonzert under the bridge
next to Konnopke's Imbiß
U2-Bhf Eberswalder Straße
www.konnopke-imbiss.de