Rhodes jazz festival

RIJF 2023

February, April & November
2023

Educational Programms

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

Friday November
10th

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.  
https://www.music.uoa.gr/anakoinoseis_kai_ekdiloseis/proboli_anakoinosis/seminario_sto_plaisio_toy_pms_moysiki_technologia_kai_sygchrones_praktikes/ 

with Dimitrios Vassilakis – saxophones, Espen Berg – piano, Bárður Reinert Poulsen – bass, Simon Olderskog Albertsen – drums

As part of the Rhodes & South Aegean International Jazz Festival 2013, on the occasion of the international tour of renowned saxophonist composer and researcher Dimitriοs Vassilakis in the USA, Greece and Cyprus and the release of the fourth album “Fjære” by the Norwegian trio Espen Berg, the ensemble will present concerts and educational programs.

Friday 10 November at 9pm, Bastion Castle Knights of Rhodes, free admission.

Educational seminars at the Rhodes Music School Friday 10/11.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1058935468458369/

The concert in Promachonas and the seminar at the Rhodes Music School are held as a symbolic support to the place by RIJF and the implementing organization “Jazz Democracy AMKE”, as the devastating fires of the summer resulted in the postponement of the planned festival at the end of August.

The performances are in cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Dodecanese Ephorate of Antiquities.

Espen Berg’s melodic and rhythmically complex music serves as the basis for the trio’s dynamic, and idiosyncratic interaction with Dimitriοs Vassilakis’ spontaneous saxophone prose.

Dimitrios Vassilakis with an international career, award-winning recordings from the BBC on Candid Records, presentations at Birdland, Dizzy’s Club – Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Yale, Smithsonian, United Nations, Ronnie Scott’s – London Jazz Festival, has been collaborating with the trio since 2019 and their new recording “Daedalus Project – Persephone” will be released in 2024 on Candid Records.

Espen Berg is an international award-winning pianist. In 2016 he received Norway’s highest music award, “JazZtipendiate”, at the Molde Jazz Festival. He is a member of the Norwegian Jazz Startup Program 2018 and Espen Berg Trio was appointed as an official ambassador of NTNU at the Trondheim Jazz Festival in 2016.

The musicians:

Dimitrios Vassilakis – saxophones, Espen Berg – piano, Bárður Reinert Poulsen – bass, Simon Olderskog Albertsen – drums

Videos:

Dimitrios Vassilakis & Espen Berg Trio| RIJF 2021

Demeter
https://youtu.be/9VEIqk3b7sM  

Espen Berg Trio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8-ifkuNn4U

Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3xLjWokGC6B0MxoeLpv2xT

Follow them on FB: https://www.facebook.com/espenbergmusic

Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5QWZ_Z63zTypbfuuYmOSAg

Official sites: https://espenberg.no/

Dimitrios Vassilakis

https://linktr.ee/dimvass

https://Candid.lnk.to/LabyrinthPR

https://candidrecords.com/pages/dimitrios-vassilakis

Monday November
13th

with Dimitrios Vassilakis – saxophones, Espen Berg – piano, Bárður Reinert Poulsen – bass, Simon Olderskog Albertsen – drums

Award-winning saxophonist Dimitrios Vassilakis meets the Norwegian Espen Berg Trio| 13/11 in Limassol

After the successful completion of his tour in the USA and just before the release of their new joint recording “Daedalus Project – Persephone”, the internationally renowned saxophonist, composer and researcher Dimitrios Vassilakis joins Espen Berg Trio from Norway for a unique concert in Cyprus.

Dimitrios Vassilakis & Espen Berg Trio

Monday 13 November at 21:00, Rialto Theatre, Limassol Cyprus 

Dimitrios Vassilakis with an international career, award-winning recordings from the BBC on Candid Records, presentations at Birdland, Dizzy’s Club – Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Yale, Smithsonian, United Nations, Ronnie Scott’s – London Jazz Festival, collaborates with the trio since 2019 and their new recording “Daedalus Project – Persephone” will be released in 2025 on Candid Records.

Espen Berg is an international award-winning pianist. In 2016 he received Norway’s highest music award, “JazZtipendiate”, at the Molde Jazz Festival. He is a member of the Norwegian Jazz Startup Program 2018 and Espen Berg Trio was appointed as an official ambassador of NTNU at the Trondheim Jazz Festival in 2016. Berg and his musicians are currently on a European tour and will release their fourth album “Fjære” in the near future. 

Espen Berg’s melodic and rhythmically complex music serves as the basis for the trio’s dynamic and idiosyncratic interaction with Dimitrios Vassilakis’ spontaneous saxophone prose.

Monday 13 November at 20:30
Rialto Theatre, 19 Andreas Droussiotis 19, Limassol.

Tickets: 15 €

Pre-sale: https://tinyurl.com/3tcaf69x

Dimitrios Vassilakis – saxophones, Espen Berg – piano, Bárður Reinert Poulsen – bass, Simon Olderskog Albertsen – drums

Dimitrios Vassilakis & Espen Berg Trio| RIJF

Demeter: https://youtu.be/9VEIqk3b7sM 

Espen Berg Trio: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5QWZ_Z63zTypbfuuYmOSAg

Dimitrios Vassilakis: https://candidrecords.com/pages/dimitrios-vassilakis

The performances are in cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy.

Saturday June
17th

with Dimitrios Vassilakis – Athens University adjunct lecturer / researcher 

Award-winning saxophonist Dimitrios Vassilakis delivers a talk / presentation on his concepts of jazz improvisation, artificial intelligence, natural language, poetry and prose. A masterclass on the democratic, narrative ans story telling  nature of jazz.
This is part of RIJF sisterhood with BJF.

Saturday 17th June at 19:00, Dibekilhan Cultural Cener Bodrum, Turkey.

Dimitrios Vassilakis: https://candidrecords.com/pages/dimitrios-vassilakis

 

 

Saturday June
17th

with Maria Manousaki violin – Michael Evdemon bass – Dimitris Verdinoglou piano 

Maria Manousaki stands as one of Greece’s most successful and versatile musical talents, working to great acclaim and commercial success as a violin performer,  band leader and festival organiser.

She was born in Johannesburg and divides her time between the island of Crete and New York.

Her music is inspired by her Cretan roots and her love for jazz. She often performs as a soloist and has released two albums: “Sole Voyage” (winner of the best jazz album at the “Academia Awards” in 2016) and “Hidden Trails”. 

Maria is the founder of The Cretan World Music Festival which was initiated in Chania Crete in July 2014.

Since 2018, she is the musical curator for the Vlatos Jazz in the island of Crete, a series taking place in a relic of an unused stone church built in 1855.