Summer Jazz Music Concert Series
The Odysseas Toumazou Trio is a newly formed project dedicated to performing original compositions and arrangements, shaped by the composer’s Cypriot background. The trio will perform for the first time at Technopolis 20 stage, on Thursday, 23rd of August 2018, at 8:30pm.
Odysseas’s creations are influenced by jazz, classical, traditional Greek and Cypriot and a tinge of Indian classical music, thus creating a unique sound catering to a wide array of audiences with varied tastes in music. Improvisation is a key element of Odysseas’s music, allowing for environment and audience alike to subtly influence the direction, the sound, and consequently the journey one embarks on in tandem with Odysseas and his fellow musicians.
With Odysseas Toumazou on guitar, George Koulas on drums and Andreas Rodosthenous on electric bass.
Entrance: 10 euro
Reservations are necessary at 70002420 (calls only)
Sponsor: Cyprus Tourism Organisation
A few words about the musicians
Odysseas Toumazou was born in Cyprus in 1989. At the age of 6 he started playing classical piano and classical guitar. It was only a few years later that he switched to electric guitar, while at the same time he got private lessons in jazz guitar, composition and jazz theory. His career started from an early age, working as a session musician and performing live on TV and radio shows with famous Greek artists, where he gained a lot of experience playing in different styles and doing studio work. In 2011 he came to the Netherlands to study Jazz Guitar at the Conservatory of Amsterdam under the guidance of great musicians such as Martijn van Iterson, Maarten van der Grinten and Jesse van Ruller. He also attended masterclasses from innovative players such as of Scott Henderson, Lage Lund, Peter Bernstein, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gilad Hekselman and Brad Mehldau. During his studies in Amsterdam Odysseas toured through Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Cyprus) with many bands in various projects. Odysseus worked at the True School of Music in India, having been head of the guitar department since 2015 until 2017 that he returned in Cyprus. Since 2015 Odysseas is composing his own music and he is currently recording his own album. Besides being a musician, Odysseas has experience in teaching guitar and music theory.
George Koulas: drummer, percussionist, performer and music creator, has been active playing and creating music for the last 30 years in Cyprus and abroad. He graduated at Codarts in 2002. He has been collaborating during his long and active career with numerous artists from Cyprus and abroad. George performed in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Sweden, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Spain, Germany, New Orleans, Boston etc.
Andreas Rodosthenous was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1977. He started music by playing the electric and acoustic guitar. At the age of sixteen he started playing the electric bass. He studied at the Rotterdam's Conservatory in Holland, where he had the opportunity to perform with Annaelis DeJong, Thierry Castel, Ilja Reijngoud, in many theatres and jazz clubs such as Bim Haus, Dizzy jazz club, Theater de Evenaar etc. Andreas collaborated and recorded with the famous guitar player Christoforos Krokidis and singer Vasilis Papakostantinou in Greece. He also released the digital cd ‘Somplicity’ with his own music, with George Morfitis on piano, Alkis Agathocleous on ney and Stelios Xydias on percussion. He performed in important festival such as Fusion Festival in Germany, EUNIC jazz festival in Berlin, Technopolis Jazz festival in Athens and music:LX in Luxembourg.