Rhodes jazz festival

RIJF 2023

February, April & November

Educational Programms

Cherise Adams Burnett / Dimitrios Vassilakis / Elena Michailou / Espen Berg Trio

RIJF educational programs run throughout the year. In 2023 we had the opportunity to present seminars and workshops at the Music School in Rhodes for students and teachers, with Dimitrios Vassilakis on jazz improvisation, wind orchestra workshop and interaction and about jazz and artificial intelligence. Elena Michailou presented a workshop for the teachers, on music education Carl Orff system, including dance therapy elements and primitive expression. Espen Berg trio was able to present their work while composing, improvising and interacting while they answered questions by the students. 
Cherise Adams Burnett a vocalist from London and member of the Tomorrow’s Warriors Platrform was able to present a seminar workshop at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. She worked with the postgraduate students at the Music department who specialize on the jazz mapping research by Dimitrios Vassilakis. Cherise shared life stories and how she evolved as an artist supported by TW and the way she interacts with her quartet during performance and improvisations on the occasion of her Half Note performance.  

Saturday June

with Jean Philippe Koch (piano), Victor Kraus (bass), Arne Wiegand (drums)

Dock In Absolute is a piano trio led by pianist Jean Philippe Koch from Luxembourg, that combines different styles of progressive Jazz, classical and rock. DIA has been named the “Export Artist of the Year 2017 and 2019” by music:LX as a result of being the most active band in Luxembourg and discovery artist of the year by Jazznews. Their latest album belongs to the “100 Greatest Albums of the year” by the Jazzit Magazine Awards.

Dock In Absolute’s music is sparkling, varying, forceful, pressing, rich in twists and turns in mood: from lyrical to unrestrainable, from wild to graceful, from virtuosic and crystalline to assertive and dramatic, from subdued to airy and demonstrative. At the RIJF, the band will perform songs from their first and second album as well as new material.

Tanini Trio

(Turkey, as part of the sisterhood of RIJF with Bodrum Jazz Festival)

with Tahir Aydoğdu (qanun), Burçin Büke (piano), Bilgin Canaz (ney or reed flute)

The Tanini Trio consists of three virtuoso musicians, each of whom has a successful international career in his own right. They have a select repertoire, consisting of Western music with Turkish elements and Turkish music with Western elements. They sensitively blend traditional Turkish and Western melodies with jazz, thus creating bridges between different cultures.

They have performed in Turkey, Italy, Germany, Germany, USA, South Korea, Canada, Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Turkmenistan, Spain, Malta, Poland, England, Scotland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Taiwan, Malaysia, Cyprus, Cyprus and Jordan. They have recorded two albums, Dokunuşlar (Touches) and Dokunuşlar II (Touches II).