The well-known jazz musicians, Ioannis Vafeas (drums) and Michael Messios (double bass) meet the Italian pianist and composer Daniele Gorgone, who will be in Cyprus for the first time, at Technopolis 20, on Thursday, 13th of February, at 8pm.
The artist counts numerous performances with important jazz artists all over Europe and the US. Daniele, an energetic and brilliant pianist born in 1977, is among the jazz musicians who most care about the sense of tradition and American jazz culture in Italy. Given the predominantly swing, blues, gospel language that characterizes his pianism, he had the opportunity to collaborate with several international jazz stars both at the record level and by participating in tours in Italy and abroad.
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A few words about the musicians
Daniele Gorgone was trained through various seminars and courses with Italian (Dado Moroni, Riccardo Zegna, Stefano Bollani) and American (Barry Harris, Norman Simmons, David Hazeltine) teachers.
Given the predominantly swing, blues, gospel language that characterizes his pianism, he had the opportunity to collaborate with several international jazz stars both at the record level and by participating in tours in Italy and abroad.
Among the musicians with whom he collaborated: Jason Marsalis, Garrison Fewell, Joe Lee Wilson, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andy Gravish, Rachel Gould, Claudio Chiara, Fabrizio Bosso, Patrice Soler, Max Ionata, Mattia Cigalini, Emanuele Cisi, Marlene Verplank, Marco Panascia , Jesse Davis, Joahnnes Faber, Scott Hamilton, John Davis, Tino Tracanna, Grant Stewart, Luciano Milanese, Flavio Boltro, David Schnitter, Dave Glasser, Peter King, Tom Kirkpatrick, Perico Sambeat, Joe Cohn, Jim Rotondi, Stjepko Gut, Deborah Carter, Carlo Atti, Battista Lena, David Pastor.
Countries and festivals in which he has played: France, Switzerland, USA, Ireland, Germany, Slovenia, Montopoli Jazz Festival (PI), Piacenza Jazz festival (PC), Gallarate Jazz Festival (MI), Villa Imperiale Jazz (GE), Beat Onto (BA), Sile jazz (TR), Fermo Jazz Festival (FE), Francavilla Jazz (BR), Peperoncino jazz festival (CS), Roccella Jonica (RC), Jazz at Metastasio (PO), Turin Jazz Club (TO), Seravezza jazz Festival (LU), Latina Jazz Festival (LT), Darry Jazz Festival (Northern Irl), Summer Jazz Open air (New Jersey, USA), Jazz a la Bellevilloise (Paris), Istanbul Jazz Center (Turkey), Jazz Club Luzern (CH), Le Controtemps Geneve (CH), Le jam Montepellier (FR), Jemboree Barcelona (SP).
Among the prizes he received: winner of the Barga Jazz competition (LU) section emerging groups (Sep 2006), finalist at the Urbani Prize (MC) in 2009 and critical acclaim for the Chicco Bettinardi competition (PC) in 2010.
Among the record publications as leaders:
Daniele Gorgone NY trio feat. Marco panascia and John Davis (reg in New York October 2008).
Daniele Gorgone 4tet feat Dave Schnitter Daniele Gorgone - piano, Max Rolff - double bass, Elisabeth Keledjian - drums, David Schnitter - tenor sax (Geko records 2010).
Daniele Gorgone trio - Lucky Man feat. Luciano Milanese and Giovanni Paolo Liguori (Blue Art 2014).
Come sideman: Mingus sound of love (Federica Gennai 4tet - Samjazz, 2007), Mindfullness Giovanni Sanguineti feat. Grant Stewart - video radio, 2009), Mira Que Parla (Perico Sambeat italian 4tet - Blue Art, 2013), Angel Song (Guazzo, Melani, Rolff, Gorgone - JC records, 2016), Move the Joy (Kirkpatrick, Paoli, Zunino , Palopoli, Ranalli - Full Heads, 2014).
Ioannis Vafeas is a professional drummer and educator. He studied Jazz music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and did his master's degree in Jazz Studies at the Boston Conservatory. The years that followed found Ioannis busy in the music industry performing, recording and teaching music. He performs regularly in major festivals, concert halls and prestigious jazz clubs all over the world. Vafeas attended festivals and Venues in Germany, Poland, England, Lebanon, Greece, Kuwait, Italy, the U.S, Serbia and shared the stage with great artists and Symphony Orchestras. He has numerous collaborations in cd's, recordings and theatre productions. Since 2002 Vafeas is teaching Music in public schools. He's been teaching Jazz Music at private universities in Cyprus since 2009. His credits also include drum seminars on soiling and brush playing in various universities and music schools. In April 2017 he released his first album entitled "Bridge of Locks" with the IOANNOU/VAFEAS quartet. He is the Artistic Director of the non-profit organization A. VAFEA JAZZ Projects. He is endorsing Zildjian Cymbals since 2009.
Michael Messios (Double bassist/Composer/Educator) attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston MA with a scholarship. He studied music composition, and jazz performance. His return in Cyprus found him busy in the music industry as a member in various ensembles. The Petsteppers, Charis Ioannou Trio, Cyprus big band, Tassos Stylianou Trio, where he performs and composes. He has participated in major Jazz Festivals like the Krakow Jazz Festival in Bologna, the Kuwait Jazz Festival, Mitrovica Jazz Festival in Serbia, the Crete Jazz Festival and played in prestigious jazz clubs like the VORTEX in London. In 2013 he created his own band with the name "Michael Messios Symmetry Band" which performs his compositions only. His music is influenced by Contemporary and traditional Jazz and distinguished for its strong melody, harmony, complicated rhythms and motives. Messios is an endorsing artist of the "ASHDOWN AMPS".