Rhodes jazz festival

RIJF 2024

Saturday June
1st

Mingo Rajandi (Estonia)

Mingo Rajandi (double bass, vocals), Erki Pärnoja (guitars, vocals), Tobias Tammearu (saxophone, vocals), Andres Kaljuste (viola, vocals), Martin Petermann (drums, vocals)
(In collaboration with Athens Jazz)

When the physicality of performing arts meets the cerebral nature of contemporary avant-garde music, it creates the field of action where the abstract jazz expression of the multifaceted artist Mingo Rajandi flourishes. The members of the band who breathe life into her Doric and poetic compositions have been playing together for some time but were formed into a single entity for the music of the Elajannad theatrical performance co-written by Rajandi. This is also her first release – a musical work divided into pieces-theatrical acts characterized by the power of simplicity, liberated expression and inter-artistic momentum capable of seducing and captivating the listener. 

Sunday June
2nd

Cherise (UK)

Cherise Adams-Burnett (song, guitar), Jordan Brown (electric bass), Sam Michnik (drums), Lyle Barton (keyboards)
(In collaboration with Athens Jazz)

With a voice that exudes raw talent and potential, British singer Cherise is the embodiment of an emerging star. With a bold, authentic soul-jazz tone and pervasive self-confidence, she has already managed in the short time she records and gives concerts to elicit flattering comments from large musical media, collaborate with Gregory Porter for Disney’s Christmas campaign in 2021 and appear on major stages worldwide, opening for Michael Kiwanuka, Jamie Cullum etc. She also belongs to a new generation of soul, jazz and R&B musicians from the United Kingdom, such as Femi Koleoso, Tom Misch and Nubya Garcia, who bring a fresh approach to a vast musical legacy while still paying respect to their musical roots. Last year’s debut album, Calling, captures the irresistible charm of her first creative cycle until she embarks on the next one.

Cherise joined Tomorrow’ s Warriors (TW) at a young age, a very important platform that empowers vulnerable youth from the Afro Caribbean community from the inner cities of London, to be able to study jazz and emerge on the international scene. The collaboration of TW with the artistic director of the RIJF, Dimitrios Vassilakis, began in 2003, at the Jazz Festival of Technopolis, Athens, under the support of The British Council. As a result, the “Greek Warriors” was created, under the supervision of Gary Crosby, Dimitrios Vassilakis and members of TW.

TW directors Gary Crosby & Janine Irons were awarded in Britain for their wider educational and social work.

The RIJF maintains a partnership with TW platform for developing young artists.

Monday June
3rd

George Kontrafouris Baby Trio feat. Nestor Vasilakis (Greece)

George Kontrafouris (piano/hammond organ), Nestor Vasilakis (tenor sax), Billy Prim (drums)
(Supported by EFFEA)

One of the leading and most prolific figures in the Greek jazz scene, George Kontrafouris plays the hammond organ in his very own signature way. After he was established as one of Europe’s idiosyncratic pianists, he re-introduced himself as an organist with a visible presence on the international music scene and discography. A jazz piano and organ instructor at the Ionian University, he has taught at the Athenaeum Conservatoire in Athens and the Sibelius Academy in Finland, and has given numerous seminars at various schools in Greece, Ireland, Indonesia and Estonia.

Baby Trio was created by George Kontrafouris in 2009, aiming to express the naivete, teenage enthusiasm and, more broadly, anything young musicians find most exciting when they start performing in a band with their friends.

With Nestor Vassilakis they will explore Michael Brecker and classic Hammond trio repertoire.

Nestor Vassilakis Saxophonist, composer
Graduate of Music high school of Pallini in Athens.
Has performed at: UN New York Jazz Democracy Forum, Centre of Hellenic Studies Harvard University DC Eurobeat Festival, Jazzy Colors Festival Paris, Nublu Jazz Festival New York, Vortex Jazz Club London, Rhodes & South Aegean International Jazz Festival, Bodrum Jazz Festival, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens Concert Hall.

Has attended workshops and played with legend players like David Liebman, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Dave Kikoski, Benito Gonzales, Essiet Okon Essiet, Sylvia Cuenca, Andy Sheppard, Craig Bailey.

Since 2022 he studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama at the BMus Hons Jazz, a recipient of Athena Scholarship.

Links:
Original compositions on SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/nestorasvass

Hellenic Centre Concert with London Quartet 2024

“Restless”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NfZtTdDNa4 

Nestor Vassilakis promo trailer & interview 2024

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfH6Jnzljho 

RIJF 2022 with Craig Bailey Quintet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXp9mm4RokM

Daahoud Salim Quintet (Spain)

Daahoud Salim (piano), Bruno Calvo (trumpet), Pablo Martínez (trombone), Hendrik Müller (double bass), Andreu Pitarch (drums),
(in collaboration with Cervantes InstituteAthens Jazz)

The award-winning quintet, which has performed on major stages around the world, covers a wide range of jazz directions, focusing on the energy-charged hard bop. However, it takes care not to stray too far from its centre of gravity, which is the technical skill of leader Daahoud Salim on the piano, emitting exotic fumes with his playing. Apart from their impressive discography, the band has collaborated extensively with Spanish saxophonist Abdu Salim, Daahoud’s father, and Philip Harper, a former member of the Jazz Messengers.

Tuesday June
4th

Sibel Kose (Turkey/Greece)

Sibel Kose (vocals), George Kontrafouris (piano),
(As part of RIJF sisterhood with Bodrum Jazz Festival)

Sibel Köse is Turkey’s First Lady of Jazz.
Raised in Ankara and mainly self taught, she has emerged as Turkey’s top female jazz vocalist.
Her rich deep tones resonate with every interpretation and she is a master at improvisation.
While still a student of Architecture at METU University, she began performing professionally.
She built her experience and knowledge singing alongside major Jazz masters and further developed her craft participating in International Jazz Workshops, festivals and competitions and was awarded the first prize in the International Competition of Jazz Vocalists’ in Zamosc (Poland) in 1992.
She has performed at several venues in, France, Holland, Greece, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Spain, Kuwait, Bahrein, Dubai, Russia, Senegal, Morocco and South Africa.
Sibel Köse is a regular participant in the major festivals within Turkey and Internationally.
Köse’s talent and skill as a musician is matched only by her gift as a teacher and her dedication to Jazz music.
“Jazz Vocal Workshops” in Istanbul are just part of her contribution to the growth and proliferation of Jazz music and education in Turkey.
She will be accompanied by top Greek/international pianist and Hammond organ player George Kontrafouris.

Gaba Project featuring Nicolas Tryphonos (Cyprus)

Vasilis Vasiliou (Handpan Percussion), Christina Polycarpou (Lyra), Nicolas Tryphonos (Double Bass)
(in collaboration with CJMWS)

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 an 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 that emerges from the varied music knowledge and experiences of the musicians, thus creating new perspectives. In addition to their own compositions, they will also present some 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 of the bands’ music. Gaba Project combine for the first time worldwide a handpan and percussion with a 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) with the instruments themselves and with their own compositions.

Thursday June
6th

Sibel Kose (Turkey/Greece)

Sibel Kose (vocals), George Kontrafouris (piano),
(As part of RIJF sisterhood with Bodrum Jazz Festival)

Sibel Köse is Turkey’s First Lady of Jazz.
Raised in Ankara and mainly self taught, she has emerged as Turkey’s top female jazz vocalist.
Her rich deep tones resonate with every interpretation and she is a master at improvisation.
While still a student of Architecture at METU University, she began performing professionally.
She built her experience and knowledge singing alongside major Jazz masters and further developed her craft participating in International Jazz Workshops, festivals and competitions and was awarded the first prize in the International Competition of Jazz Vocalists’ in Zamosc (Poland) in 1992.
She has performed at several venues in, France, Holland, Greece, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Spain, Kuwait, Bahrein, Dubai, Russia, Senegal, Morocco and South Africa.
Sibel Köse is a regular participant in the major festivals within Turkey and Internationally.
Köse’s talent and skill as a musician is matched only by her gift as a teacher and her dedication to Jazz music.
“Jazz Vocal Workshops” in Istanbul are just part of her contribution to the growth and proliferation of Jazz music and education in Turkey.
She will be accompanied by top Greek/international pianist and Hammond organ player George Kontrafouris.

George Kontrafouris Baby Trio feat. Nestor Vasilakis (Greece)

George Kontrafouris (piano/hammond organ), Nestor Vasilakis (tenor sax), Billy Prim (drums)
(As part of RIJF sisterhood with Bodrum Jazz Festival)
(Supported by EFFEA)

One of the leading and most prolific figures in the Greek jazz scene, George Kontrafouris plays the hammond organ in his very own signature way. After he was established as one of Europe’s idiosyncratic pianists, he re-introduced himself as an organist with a visible presence on the international music scene and discography. A jazz piano and organ instructor at the Ionian University, he has taught at the Athenaeum Conservatoire in Athens and the Sibelius Academy in Finland, and has given numerous seminars at various schools in Greece, Ireland, Indonesia and Estonia.

Baby Trio was created by George Kontrafouris in 2009, aiming to express the naivete, teenage enthusiasm and, more broadly, anything young musicians find most exciting when they start performing in a band with their friends.

With Nestor Vassilakis they will explore Michael Brecker and classic Hammond trio repertoire.

Nestor Vassilakis Saxophonist, composer, graduate of Music high school of Pallini in Athens.
Has performed at: UN New York Jazz Democracy Forum, Centre of Hellenic Studies Harvard University DC Eurobeat Festival, Jazzy Colors Festival Paris, Nublu Jazz Festival New York, Vortex Jazz Club London, Rhodes & South Aegean International Jazz Festival, Bodrum Jazz Festival, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens Concert Hall.
Has attended workshops and played with legend players like David Liebman, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Dave Kikoski, Benito Gonzales, Essiet Okon Essiet, Sylvia Cuenca, Andy Sheppard, Craig Bailey.
Since 2022 he studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama at the BMus Hons Jazz, a recipient of Athena Scholarship.
Links:
Original compositions on SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/nestorasvass
Hellenic Centre Concert with London Quartet 2024
“Restless”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NfZtTdDNa4
Nestor Vassilakis promo trailer & interview 2024
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfH6Jnzljho
RIJF 2022 with Craig Bailey Quintet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXp9mm4RokM