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Day 2 - 10/12/2022 - 19:30

Vassilis Philippou Colourful Emptiness

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Colourful Emptiness is the second personal album of Vassilis Philippou. The compositions maintain the honesty of the initial inspiration and its emotions, with simplicity and improvisation being their main characteristics alongside elements from the traditional and jazz music genres. The motive of finding a sense of wholeness and serenity within the vastness of space and stillness of time, lies behind each composition of Colourful Emptiness. Besides, it is this very essence of serenity that the artist aspires to evoke and transmit to the listener via his compositions.

It is the first appearance of the three musicians together on stage with the special combination of piano, electric guitar and flugelhorn. Each artist individually is a member of various music ensembles and has also recorded original music in recording productions of Cyprus. The three musicians join forces on Rialto’s stage to present the most recent work of Vassilis Philippou titled Colourful Emptiness.

Vassilis Philippou: piano, compositions

Odysseas Toumazou: electric guitar

Elias Ioannou: flugelhorn, trumpet

Ioanna Troullidou Quartet

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Drawing inspiration from jazz music, Ioanna Troullidou will perform her own original compositions, both in lyrics and music, such as Love Conquers All and, for the first time, Free from Expectation. At times, her music and lyrics reflect her own personal thoughts and questions, feelings that may be romantic or not, at times expressing her very own personal revolution, mirroring her own views and progress while engaging with the jazz genre.

Ioanna Troullidou Quartet is a newly established band consisting of Marios Toumbas (piano), Irineos Koullouras (double bass) and Stelios Xydias (drums). The four musicians have been closely working together for the past fourteen years and have performed in many concerts in Cyprus and abroad.

Ioanna Troullidou: vocals

Marios Toumbas: piano

Irineos Koullouras: double bass

Stelios Xydias: drums

Gaba Project (featuring Nicolas Tryphonos)

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In this new work, Gaba Project will present their own compositions, and share with the audience new soundscapes resulting from the combination of handpan, lyra and double bass. The compositions are based on melodic lines, which develop both in a rhythmic and improvisational way during the performance, always following a structure and at the same time leaving freedom for dialogue between the three musicians. Although the style (tempo, rhythm, scale-makam) of each composition is unique, creating space and time for improvisation during the performance is a key element. In addition to their own compositions, they will also present a small part of arrangements of musical traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean region (Armenia, Cyprus, Turkey, Bulgaria), in a completely fresh mood, even transforming their rhythm. The use of mixed rhythms, scales and makams together with strong changes in dynamics, are key elements characterising the band’s music

Gaba Project combine for the first time globally the handpan and percussions with lyra. The handpan is a contemporary instrument with a “mystic” sound, whereas the lyra comes from the well-established Cretan musical tradition. The duet focuses on experimenting with new musical approaches (arrangement, composition and soundscapes) both with the instruments and with their own compositions. Improvisation is a core element of the duet that comes from the musicians’ varying musical knowledge and experiences, creating new perspectives. On the stage of Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase, they will be accompanied by double bassist Nicolas Tryphonos.

Vasilis Vasiliou: handpan, percussion

Christina Polycarpou: lyra with sympathetic strings

Nicolas Tryphonos: double bass


Instagram: @gabaproject

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