THE FESTIVAL

2022 full schedule details and line up TBA soon!

Main festival events | Rhodes
August 28 & 29th Palace of the Grand Master
August 30th Rhodes Acropolis Roman Odeon

Parallel events:

• Bodrum Jazz Festival
• Kos Island
• Kalymnos Island
• Jazz and literature: celebrating Jack Kerouac 100th and women’s voice in jazz with the International writers and translators center Rhodes

Artists:

Craig Bailey (USA) – Dimitrios Vassilakis “Labyrinth | Ballads & Blues”

Nefeli Fasouli (Greece | Athens University UOA)

Dock In Absolute Trio (Luxemburg)

Evrim Demirel & Stanpolites (Turkey, France, Germany)

Marios Charalampous Quintet (Cyprus)

Shekinah Rotz / Olivier Gatto (Puerto Rico / France)

Maria Manousaki group (Greece – Cretan Jazz)

Presentation

On August 30th 9pm opening the festival in the Palace Courtyard are harpist, Maria Christina Harper with vocalist/trumpet player, Georgina Jackson in “Women in Jazz”.
Follows a virtual performance from Istanbul by the “Stanpolites Trio” featuring Evrim Demirel, Andreas Metzler and Riccardo Marenghi.
Human Touch”, one of the top fusion jazz ensembles from Greece closes the 1st day.
On August 31st the Norwegian group, Espen Berg Trio will open the concert with special guest Dimitrios Vassilakis, presenting material from their ECM recordings and a preview of Dimitrios’s new upcoming album “Persephone”.
Follows “New Generation Jazz”, led by Nestor Vassilakis, a fresh group of young players from Rhodes and Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London that will present fusion jazz.
American legend saxophonist Jean Toussaint, a collaborator of Art Blakey, performs with three Greek “Jazz Masters”, Vassilis Podaras, Dinos Manos and Dimitris Verdinoglou to close the festival.

MC Harper & Georgina Jackson

“Women in Jazz (UK/Greece)”

Harp, trumpet, vocal classic and modern jazz with the rare and beautiful harp sounds

“MX Harper Group”, “Women in Jazz” project with Maria-Christina Harper and Georgina Jackson (UK/Greece)
(Jazz Singer, Trumpet player, Guest Soloist)

Evrim Demirel & Stanpolites

“Jazz Across The Water”

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION “Evrim Demirel & Stanpolites” (Turkey/Germany/Italy) with Evrim Demirel (Piano, Synthesizers, Melodica), Andreas Metzler (Double Bass) and Riccardo Marenghi (Drums)
Three musicians from different parts of the world met at the city where the continents meet, Istanbul. And just like the city, they immediately started building an eclectic sound: powerful, energetic, and yet touching. Evrim Demirel (TR), Andreas Metzler (DE) and Riccardo Marenghi (IT) are the “Stanpolites”.

Human Touch (Greece)

“Jazz Across The Water”

“Human Touch” with @David Lynch (Tenor & Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Voice, Percussion), @Giotis Kiourtsoglou (Electric bass unstrung & strung, Voice, Cajon) and @Stavros Lantsias (Acoustic piano, Drums, Melodica)
After 19 years of existence, Human Touch has its own personality and unique style. Their music, through the use of a variety of instruments, is direct and communicative and fills the listener with images and emotions. The artists travel through the spontaneity of the moment, and they know how to share it. Human Touch has indeed a “human touch”.

Espen Berg Trio

“Jazz Across The Water”

Espen Berg Trio (Norway/Greece)
with Espen Berg (Pianist, Composer), Bárður Reinert Poulsen (Bass), Simon Olderskog Albertsen (Drums) and Dimitrios Vassilakis (Saxophonist, Singer, Composer)
“Espen Berg Trio” is declared one of the most important jazz trios in the world in 2020 by Jazz Critique Magazine (Japan), and their album Free to Play (2019) was listed in Downbeat (US) as one of the best releases in 2019. They will be sharing the stage with special guest Dimitrios Vassilakis and will give us a preview of Dimitrios’s new upcoming album “Persephone”.

New Generation Jazz

“Nestor Vassilakis/Jakob Klimiuk/Aris Solomon/Dinos Manos/Dimitris Verdinoglou”

“New Jazz Generation” (Poland/UK/Rhodes) with Nestor Vassilakis (Saxophonist), Jakob Klimiuk (Guitar), Ntinos Manos (Bass), Dimitris Verdinoglou (Piano) and Aris Solomon (Drums)
A new generation of talented musicians from the Music School of the island of Rhodes, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, University Of Athens Music Department and Ionian University. The band will employ saxophone, piano, electric guitar, electric bass and drums, offering the public a powerful jazz fusion experience.

Jean Toussaint with the Greek jazz masters

Jean Toussaint with the Greek jazz masters
Jean Toussaint (Saxophonist) with the Greek “jazz masters” trio Vassilios Podaras (Drums), Ntinos Manos (Double Bass), Dimitris Verdinoglou (Piano) (USA/Greece)
Jean Toussaint is an American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist who has pushed forward and embraced challenging, and often high profile, musical collaborations in many different jazz styles. Today he works out of London England as a composer, tenor/soprano saxophonist, bandleader and highly regarded jazz educator. He will present, together with the 3 Greek Jazz Masters, a preview from his award winning discography.

Video

Jazz Democracy
RIJF_2020_Poster

 

Online participations and parallel events due to Covid-19 restrictions 

 

 

  • Ankara Jazz Festival May 2020 

Jazz Democracy talk | Jazz and artificial intelligence performance 
https://youtu.be/K0jFcJeVrBs 
 

  • Researchers Night NTUA  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSXs9Ir1FH0 

 

  • Jazz Democracy | Isadora Duncan Institute New York | Delphic Preview | Festival of the Muses 
    “A Jazz Oracle” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc7uyPBjbnc

THE FESTIVAL 2019

AT 2019 THE COMMON THEME WITH BODRUM JAZZ FESTIVAL
UNDER THE BROAD TITLE “JAZZ ACROSS THE WATER” IS “ETHNIC JAZZ”

MANOS SARIDAKIS WILL PRESENT HIS VERSION OF THE “GREEK REAL BOOK”, AYHAN SICIMOĞLU & LATIN STARS FEAT.
BOUZOUKI PLAYER ORHAN OSMAN FROM TURKEY WILL PLAY A VERY ENERGETIC LATIN ETHNIC JAZZ REPERTOIRE AND
ANDY SHEPPARD WILL BRING HIS BRITISH HERITAGE AND HIS LATEST RECORDINGS FOR ICONIC ECM LABEL WHILE
HE WILL ALSO PLAY TUNES FROM DIMITRI VASSILAKIS AWARD WINNING RECORDING FOR HISTORIC CANDID RECORDS
“DAEDALUS PROJECT – LABYRINTH” (2ND JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR ON THE BBC INTERNET VOTE)

Emmanuel Saridakis – Greek Real Book

“Jazz Across The Water”

Emmanuel Saridakis is an explorative improviser who combines elements from jazz and traditional Greek music in a very unique manner. In 2006 he was recognized by the Thelonious Monk jazz piano competition as one of the 25 best jazz pianists.

“From the Aegean sea to New Orleans, and from the unorthodox improvisation of jazz in Greek folk poetry, the need of peoples to express their emotional and psychic loads, their ideals, their pains, their joys, and their thoughts is expressed through music, bridging any differences.

The inspired composer and jazz pianist Emmanuel Manos Saridakis united these very different but “same” worlds with a lot of imagination, passion and especially romantic mood.
Jazz, rock, blues and Greek tradition with imagination, subversive look but also romantic mood.”

Ayhan Sicimoğlu & Latin Stars feat. bouzouki player Orhan Osman

“Jazz Across The Water”

Emmanuel Saridakis is an explorative improviser who combines elements from jazz and traditional Greek music in a very unique manner. In 2006 he was recognized by the Thelonious Monk jazz piano competition as one of the 25 best jazz pianists.

“From the Aegean sea to New Orleans, and from the unorthodox improvisation of jazz in Greek folk poetry, the need of peoples to express their emotional and psychic loads, their ideals, their pains, their joys, and their thoughts is expressed through music, bridging any differences.

The inspired composer and jazz pianist Emmanuel Manos Saridakis united these very different but “same” worlds with a lot of imagination, passion and especially romantic mood.
Jazz, rock, blues and Greek tradition with imagination, subversive look but also romantic mood.”

Eleftherios Chatziantonis with Martin Gjakonovski and friends

“Jazz Across The Water”

Andy Sheppard with Dimitri Vassilakis group

“Jazz Across The Water”

Andy Sheppard

A prolific composer, writing over 350 works that incorporate a strong and characteristic sense of lyricism.
Sheppard has been invited to compose for large and small ensembles in the areas of jazz and contemporary classical music.
His big band writing includes work with the renowned UMO Orchestra (Finland) and the Bergen Big Band (Norway). He wrote music for a collaboration with the classical saxophonist John Harle, and composed View from the Pyramids, a concerto for saxophone and piano for the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, which premiered at the 1998 Salisbury Festival with Joanna MacGregor as piano soloist.
Other works include:
Nothing moved but the wind – a work for the Kintamarni Saxophone Quartet;
Strange Episode – a piece for tape oboe and percussion forNew Noise;
the multi-disciplinary Cityscapes – a collaboration with Joanna McGregor et al for the City of London Festival;
Glossolalia – a large choral work with saxophone, guitar and percussion commissioned by Bigger Sky and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Andy Sheppard & Dimitri Vassilakis saxes, Manos Saridakis piano, Manos Loutas bass, George Polyhronakos drums.

Dimitri Vassilakis

Dimitri Vassilakis is an internationally acclaimed Greek saxophonist, vocalist, composer and educator.
He has recorded 5 award-winning albums for historic jazz label Candid Records.
Awarded album of the year from the BBC for his album “Daedalud Project-Labyrinth”. This album has become the subject of study at universities in the USA such as Yale, Monmouth, and Columbia.
Has played all around the globe, notably in New York at Dizzy’ s Club Coca Cola Jazz at The Lincoln Center, Birdland, Yale, Natural History Museum Washington DC for the Smithsonian Institute, Jazz Showcase Chicago, Onassis Cultural Centre New York, London Jazz Festival Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, South Africa and Asia Tours and major festivals in Europe and the Balkans.
Has taught and presented seminars at Yale, Queens, Skidmore, Columbia, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Royal Academy Of Music, Paris Conservatoire, Singularity University, Athens Kapodistrian, Aristotle and Macedonia Universities.
He presented his concept “Jazz Democracy” as a global forum/performance at the United Nations New York Arpil 30th 2018 to celebrate International Jazz Day.

Adjunct faculty for the master course in jazz at the Athens Kapodistrian University, researcher on jazz and artificial intelligence collaborating with Demokritos, IRCAM, Georgia Tech, Singularity University.

“Infinite grace poetry and passion”
“Greek saxophone prodigy Dimitri Vassilakis is revered as the Hellenic god of post-modern expression. A rhapsodic stylist of immense power and authority.”
BBC Music Magazine («Daedalus Project – Labyrinth» album of the month March 2002, voted 2nd jazz album of the year 2002 for the BBC)