Rhodes Jazz International Festival

THE FESTIVAL

This year 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)

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Emmanuel Saridakis - Greek Real Book

“Jazz Across The Water”


August 28, 2019

8:30 pm

Knights Palace

Free Event, Doors open at 8pm

Manos Saridakis Greek Real Book

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”


August 28, 2019

9:30 pm

Knights Palace

Free Event, Doors open at 8pm

Ayhan Sicimoğlu & Latin Stars feat. Orhan Osman

Ayhan Sicimoğlu was born in 1950. After finishing at Tarsus American College, he studied Economics at Hacettepe University in Ankara.
During his time as a student, Sicimoğlu gained a reputation for being a talented drummer. After studying photography and films in England, he returned to Turkey, and founded “Ipucu” with Mazhar Fuat Ozkan, arranging and recording the song “Heyecanli”.
Sicimoğlu then went to Rome upon the invitation of Toni Esposito, a well-known drummer in Italian circles, to join his group. During his stay in Rome, Sicimoğlu got a musical education and started playing drum and percussion with “La Banda del Sole” alongside Bennatto and other renowned artists such as Karl Potter, Johny Otis, and Tulio De Piscopo.

Sicimoğlu then went to the US, and worked at various Latin clubs and radios. He also participated in many musical workshops, including downtown music master Johnny Rodriguez’ senior workshop, and expanded his Latin network. Sicimoğlu also took a class on world percussion at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a seminar on explorations in Afro-Cuban dance and percussion at Humboldt State University in Northern California.
After spending seven years in the US, Sicimoğlu returned to Turkey, and lectured on drumming. Currently, he performs with his band “Ayhan Sicimoğlu and Latin All Star”, and produces the TV program “Ayhan Sicimoğlu ile Renkler.”

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Eleftherios Chatziantonis

Eleftherios Chatziantonis with Martin Gjakonovski and friends

“Jazz Across The Water”


August 30, 2019

8:30 pm

at the Moat inside the old Castle

Free Event, Doors open at 8pm






Andy Sheppard with Dimitri Vassilakis group

“Paths From The Labyrinth”


August 30, 2019

9:30 pm

at the Moat inside the old Castle

Free Event, Doors open at 8pm

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.

Jazz Democracy at the United Nations Trailer


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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.

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www.dimitriosvassilakis.com



“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)

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Jazz Democracy