Dimos Dimitriadis Quartet "The Game" with Dimos Dimitriadis saxophones George Kontrafouris piano Marc Abrams double bass Jeff Boudreaux drums A powerful, dynamic and unpredictable contemporary jazz group, which features two of the top musicians from Greece who are active in the international jazz scene along with two of the most sought after American musicians in Europe. Dimos Dimitriadis, is a forceful and inventive saxophonist who gracefully combines elements from different jazz traditions. His compositions occasionally pay tribute to the music of masters like Steve Lacy, Thelonious Monk or even Kurt Weill while always retaining a surprising and original approach. He is also the founder and head of the jazz studies program at the Ionian University and a key figure in jazz education in Greece. Kontrafouris a strong and robust player in the tradition of McCoy Tyner and Wynton Kelly contributes to the dynamism and flexibility of the rhythm section, which is completed by American expatriate veterans bassist Marc Abrams, and drummer Jeff Boudreaux. The group was last featured at the Padova Porsche Jazz Festival 2006 in Italy. Comments: "This CD is wonderful. Dimos has a great sound and the tunes are very well written. Highly recommended ! " David Liebman "I am a firm believer in the music of Dimos Dimitriadis. I have known him and followed his progress, for many years, in many different places. He has his own sound, and his own style of jazz, (which is as it should be!). Steve Lacy, 2003 DIMOS DIMITRIADIS - BIO Saxophonist and composer Dimos Dimitriadis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. After studying piano and guitar he started performing with one of the pioneering jazz groups in Greece. Moving to the US he earned his Bachelor of Music in Performance with honors (Cum Laude) at Berklee College of Music studying jazz saxophone, flute and composition. He later earned a Master of Arts in Music at Bennington College focusing on contemporary composition and fusing traditional Greek music with jazz improvisation. During his 7 year stay in the US he built his musical skills working with the legendary educator Joe Viola, and the powerful instrumentalists George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, and Hal Crook. He has shaped his personal vision for jazz during his subsequent extensive trips to Italy, France and Scandinavia, drawing inspiration from the diverse European cultures and the groundbreaking work of his mentor, the great soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, as well as pianist Mal Waldron and trumpeter ?ill Dixon. He has worked with artists from the US like Keith Copeland, Ricky Ford, Tim Hagans, Sheila Jordan, Ran Blake, J.R. Monterose and musicians of different musical orientations from central and eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the Balkans (Ronan Guilfoyle, Olivier Gatto, Bruno Tommaso, Theodosii Spassov, Stephane Galland, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Gianni Lenoci, Günter Sommer, Jarmo Savolainen, Anatoly Vapirov, Ivo Van der Borght, Jussi Lehtonen, Stepko Gut, Jari Perkiomaki, Floros Floridis) Dimos Dimitriadis performs in many countries (USA, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria) while also being active on the Greek scene. His musical qualities and experience allow him to work in jazz, avant-rock, ethnic music, or free improvisation while maintaining his personal concept of music. Playing in the Sonny Clark Project (with Keith Copeland and George Kontrafouris) is an example of working on the historical jazz repertoire while his significant contribution to the extraordinary group Mode Plagal is playing Byzantine and Balkan music in a contemporary way. He has also created the groups Five Winds and the saxophone trio Saxo Viva! Among other non-jazz Greek artists he has worked with are Savina Yannatou, Maria Farandouri and Dionisis Savopoulos Besides composing, performing and recording, Dimitriadis is also known for his pioneering work in jazz education in Greece. He is the founder of a unique Jazz and Improvisation Program at the Ionian University in Corfu where he is appointed Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies, the first and only academic position given to a jazz musician in this country. He has taught jazz seminars at the Sibelius Academy Jazz Department in Finland, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York and the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts in Ohio. He is the Artistic Director of the Summer Jazz Academy and the Ionian Jazz Concerts in Corfu, organizing numerous concerts and seminars by international artists and a frequent contributor to the Greek "Jazz & Tzaz" magazine. In 2003 he was elected Treasurer of the Daily Board of the "International Association of Schools of Jazz" (IASJ) (Dave Liebman is the founder and artistic director) and member of the advisory board of the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM). In 2007 he received a Fulbright Artist/Scholar grant to work in New York as a musician and composer and teach at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Jazz Discography, As Leader 'The Game" Dimos Dimitriadis Quintet feat. G. Kontrafouris-Jeff Boudreaux-Marc Abrams A&N reacords 2006 'Ionian Jazz Ensemble' Ionian University-«Jazz&Tzaz» Magazine No 120 March 2003 As Sideman "Mystic Blues" Sofia Noiti ANK 2007 'Sabath Lift" Michalis Siganidis, Lyra 2006 "Echoes" Yiorgos Fakanas (sp. guest Wallace Roney) Libra 2005 "Miracolo" Balkanija, Il Manifesto 2004 'Echotopia' Theodosi Spassov - Kostas Theodorou, FM Records 2003 'Nostos' Kostas Theodorou, Lyra 1997 'Mode Plagal' Mode Plagal, Ano-Kato Records 'Dialogues' Kostas Maginas, Ano-Kato Records "Trackers of Jura", Lyra "Balkan Voices Part II", FM Records To be Released 'The Sonny Clark Project' Keith Copeland - Stepko Gut - G. Kontrafouris.
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