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Tue, 16 Jul


Technopolis 20

Rumba Attack feat. Mariza Anastasiades

Rumba Attack, will perform original instrumental material as well as select covers in their distinctive Flamenco-Rumba style, blended with sounds from Middle Eastern and Greek origins, rock, and bossa nova.

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Rumba Attack feat. Mariza Anastasiades
Rumba Attack feat. Mariza Anastasiades

Time & Location

16 Jul 2024, 20:00 – 21:30

Technopolis 20, Nikolaou I. Nikolaidi Avenue 18, Paphos 8010, Cyprus

About the Event

On Tuesday, 16th of July at 8pm, Technopolis 20 welcomes in its garden, the Cyprus-based music group Rumba Attack featuring the soprano Mariza Anastasiades.

Rumba Attack who consists of Constantinos Lyras (guitar), Memnon Arestis (guitar), and Savvas Thoma (cajon, percussion, vocals), will perform original instrumental material as well as select covers in their distinctive Flamenco-Rumba style, blended with sounds from Middle Eastern and Greek origins, rock, and bossa nova.

After nearly 10 years of countless performances by the 3 musicians, the new album - consisting of 11 tracks of which 9 are original compositions and 2 Greek song covers - is testament to the hard work and artistry that the band has put into creating their unique sound.

During their live shows, they regularly feature guest artists on vocals, lyra, trumpet, flute, saxophone, and various percussion instruments. This time, they will be joined on stage by Cypriot soprano Mariza Anastasiades, whose career boasts important collaborations with orchestras and artists from Europe and America. A prize-winner in several international competitions, Mariza recently won First Prize at the Concours de Musique du Canada Section Mauricie et Centre-du-Québec, and the Grand Prix at the Stojan Stojanov-Gančev Singing Competition in Zagreb.

Rumba Attack performances include Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival, 100 Guitars Concert, Cyprus World Music & Jazz Showcase, Fengaros Festival, TedXLimassol, Rialto Ethnic Music Festival, Limassol Acoustic Festival, Afro Banana Festival, Windcraft Festival and Pafos Ethnic Music Festival.

Entrance: 15 euro


Information: 70002420

Technopolis 20 celebrates 10 years of creativity, a decade of events, and a vibrant presence in the artistic scene of Paphos and beyond!

With the arrival of summer, our concerts will come alive in the enchanting setting of our garden. As part of our 10-year celebration, we've curated a diverse programme that showcases talented musicians across various genres, instruments, and styles. Enjoy jazz, ethnic or fusion music, a rock band, or a traditional ensemble under the starry sky until October.

This year marks a decade of our deep love and passion for the arts and culture, and we're thrilled to invite you to celebrate with us!

A few words about the musicians

Mariza Anastasiades - soprano: The rich and multidimensional repertoire of the distinguished Cypriot soprano Mariza Anastasiades extends from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era. Her resume includes important collaborations with conductors and artists from Europe and America. In September 2021, as part of the Cyprus International Festival, she performed the leading role of Bonadea in the contemporary opera "Argos Sidiros" by Andis Scordis, with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Zoe Tsokanou. Ms. Anastasiades has performed important roles from the operatic repertoire. Some of them are: the role of Contessa from the opera "Le Nozze di Figaro" by W.A.Mozart at the Greek Opera Festival in 2017, the role of Lauretta in the opera "Gianni Schicchi" by G. Puccini with the Varna International Orchestra under the direction by conductor Gregory Buchalter, the leading role of Dido in the opera "Dido and Aeneas" by Henry Purcell and the role of the Mother from the Opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors", in a Kyrenia Opera production, held in Vienna in December 2021. In November 2022 she had her first collaboration with conductor Günter Neuhold in a concert of Czech repertoire together with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 she participated in a gala concert with the orchestra of the Prague State Opera conducted by Richard Hein, as part of the Prague Opernfest with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also collaborated with the Danube Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andreas Déak in a series of concerts at the Danube Palace Concert Hall, as well as with conductor Pál Németh and the Savaria Baroque Orchestra in Budapest. Mrs. Anastasiades has received awards in Pan-European and International Singing Competitions. Her major honors include, among others, First Prize at the Concours de musique du Canada Section Mauricie et Center du Québec in June 2021 and Grand Prix at the Stojan Stojanov-Gančev Singing Competition. Ms. Anastasiades' upcoming performances include her Netherlands debut in March 2024, with recitals in The Hague and Amsterdam. In April 2024, together with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra she will be part of W. A. Mozart's Requiem for two concerts in Nicosia and Limassol. On July 2024 Ms. Anastasiades will have the role of Donna Elvira in the opera "Don Giovanni" at the Vienna Opera Festival, and the role of Maria Callas in a production by Cypriot Paul Lambis that will take place in New York, London and Cyprus.

Constantinos Lyras is a Rockschool degree graduate in electric guitar and bass as well as a RGT (registry of guitar tutors) graduate in acoustic guitar. He also holds a music technology certificate under Birmingham City University. During his studies, he had the chance to meet and attend lessons with famous guitarists including Steve Vai, John Williams, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Evangelos Asimakopoulos, Al Di Meola, Herman Li (Dragonforce), Philippe Villa, Gary Ryan (Royal College of Music, London), Stu Hamm, T.M. Stevens, Christopher Stell (Edenstell Duet), Xuefei Yang, David Leisner, Antonio Luis Lopez, Steve Smith (Ibanez, UK), Martin Taylor, Michel Sadanowsky and others. The last years, he has given concerts as a soloist and with various ensembles in the electric, flamenco and classical guitar in Cyprus, England, Hungary, Spain and Greece. He had also made several appearances on radio and television. Constantinos is a guitar teacher and gave classical guitar, acoustic guitar, flamenco guitar and electric guitar lessons in Nicosia, Cyprus and the UK at music schools, such as: Yamaha music Schools, Progress Music Academy and Litchfield Cathedral School. Since early 2012, Constantinos has settled in Cyprus where his music school is based. At his music school (based in Srovolos, Nicosia, Cyprus) he is teaching music and offers guitar lessons for all ages and abilities.

Memnon Arestis was born in 1985. His first contact with the guitar was at the age of 13 when he received classical guitar lessons up to the age of 15. Subsequently, he began experimenting with acoustic and electric guitars, mostly on a self-taught level. He received a Bachelors (BA) and a Masters (MSc) degree in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. During his masters’ studies, he began to practice electric, acoustic and nylon string guitar on an extensive level. The following year, he obtained a Grade 8 in electric guitar performance (RGT) with distinction. At the same time, he was performing with several bands in Nottingham, UK (The Seven Seals Band, Ngoma, Unique World). Upon his return to Cyprus in 2011, he received lessons from Yiannos Savvides, focusing on jazz harmonization, and lead electric guitar, and begun studying flamenco guitar techniques with Constantinos Lyras. Throughout that time, he has been a member of several bands (Sandy Brour, Sometake, Freeriders etc) and has performed in a variety of music festivals (Feggaros, Avant Garde, Windcraft, Artos Moving Silence, Horko). He composed and performed music for educational interactive theater plays aiming for children (Η Μαγική Αυλή).

Born in Larnaca in 1987, Savvas Thoma has been the percussionist of Rumba Attack since its formation in 2013. Savvas began lessons in Latin percussion with Lefteris Moxovia in 2006 and became a member of the ethnic music group ‘Tat-Τnabar’, with whom he took part in various theatrical performances such as Bertlolt Brecht’s ‘Ubu Roi’, and ‘Zoo’, based on George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’, which won the award for best musical theatre in 2007 from the Cyprus Theatre Organisation, in collaboration with Paravan Productions. Together with Tat-Τnabar, Savvas also played at events such as the ‘Moving Silence Festival’ by the Artos Foundation, the Cyprus Film Festival at Rialto Theatre and the 9th Jazz Festival in Pomos. In 2010 he took courses in bendir from the Greek percussionist Thoma Kostoulla. Savvas has also contributed to the contemporary dance lessons of the ‘Maria Kamberis Dance Studio’, which collaborated with the children’s’ music-theatre productions ‘To Skaw’ and ‘Magiki Avli’. Savvas has also been a member of the music group ‘Sandy Brour’ since 2013, with whom he has appeared at many esteemed local festivals across Cyprus.

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