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My Favorite Album (369)
By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review
さてさて本日ご紹介するのはギリシャのJazz Musicianの作品です。ギリシャですよ。Greeceです。私は初めて聴きました。Tenor Sax のAntonis LadopoulosとPianoのSami AmirisのDuoです。何でもこの2人はギリシャでも非常に有名な人だそうです。で、全曲彼らのオリジナル。嫌～な予感が。「ギリシャ民謡とJazzの融合」みたいな音楽だったらどうしよう.......。で、1曲目を聴いて杞憂は見事に吹き飛ばされました。イイです、コレ！
Sami Amiris: Piano
Antonis Ladopoulos: Tenor Sax
1. Don’t Play it again Sam (6:43) (Sami Amiris)
2. Until we meet again (8:50) (Antonis Ladopoulos)
3. St. Thomann (3:10) (Ladopoulos-Amiris)
4. Little Flowers - Part 1 (3:12) (Antonis Ladopoulos)
5. Little Flowers - Part 2 (6:51) (Antonis Ladopoulos)
6. Enitones (8:48) (Sami Amiris)
7. Morning Waltz (5:49) (Antonis Ladopoulos)
8. Skylines (8:34) (Antonis Ladopoulos)
9. Sweet Sorrow - Part 1 (1:42) (Sami Amiris)
10. Sweet Sorrow - Part 2 (5:10) (Sami Amiris)
11. Some halva please! (6:21) (Ladopoulos-Amiris)
12. Morning Waltz - Alt take (5:5) (Antonis Ladopoulos)
13. Don’t Play it again Sam - Alt take (5:31) (Sami Amiris)
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Antonis Ladopoulos & Sami Amiris, Little flowers - Part 2
Antonis Ladopoulos & Sami Amiris' new CD entitled "Phos" to be included in the September issue of Jazz&Tzaz Magazine along with an extensive interview and presentation. Both musicians form "Phos Duo" and the compositions included are all original, exploring the possibilities of the immediacy and interaction available in such a small combo. Phos Duo was created in 2008 by two of the most prominent Jazz musicians in Greece: Antonis Ladopoulos & Sami Amiris. Both had a vast experience in performing and teaching the jazz idiom and had also recorded extensively both as sidemen & leaders. Their need for musical exploration combined with the intimacy and the freedom of expression given by small combos in improvised music, led them to form “Phos Duo”. “Phos” is the Greek word for “Light” and the metaphor in the duo's name was indeed intended. As Paul Klee once put it: “Light and the rational forms are locked in combat; light sets them into motion, bends what is straight, makes parallels oval, inscribes circles in the intervals, makes the intervals active”. The music of the Phos' Duo is as transparent as to let all the minute nuances come forward and has such an inquisitive character to it, analyzing and decomposing the music much like the light does to material objects in random ways. Then, harmony and rhythm are put back together again in a slow but gradual process through improvisation, giving the form it's original contour. It's a complex soundscape creating images sometimes reminiscent of 20th century Concert music, while at other times hard driving Bop rhythms change the mood in unpredictable ways. Since 2008 “Phos Duo” has appeared at many Concerts in Theaters, Conservatories and University Halls. Their first CD entitled Phos was released and included in the September 2012 issue of Jazz &Tzaz Magazine (Greece's premier monthly Jazz Magazine) along with an extensive interview of Antonis Ladopoulos and Sami Amiris. The material on the CD is all original. The “Phos” project is for both Antonis Ladopoulos and Sami Amiris an intuitive process of creativity and exploration. It's improvising at its best.
Antonis Ladopoulos was born in Athens Greece. In 1990, he earned a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies and Performance from William Paterson University of New Jersey, after attending its highly accredited Jazz Studies Program led by Jazz legend Rufus Reid.
Upon the completion of his studies he received a Graduate Assistanship along with a full scholarship from Eastern Illinois University.
Moving to Illinois, he spent two years studying and working as a teaching assistant in the Jazz Program, led by Alan Horney and Henry Butler. During that time, he performed on various occasions as a member of the Henry Butler Quartet.
In 1991 he earned an exceptional performance award at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival.
He graduated in 1992 with a Master of Arts Degree and moved back to Greece.
Since then, he has been leading his own groups and teaching the Jazz idiom in the greater Athens area. He has performed all over Greece, both with his own group and as a featured soloist.
His personal discography includes 7 albums. He has appeared in numerous commercial recordings with various pop artists, as well as a soloist with the National Radio Orchestra. His quartet was featured in the celebrational events of the 2004 Olympic Games.
Antonis Ladopoulos is highly acclaimed as an educator. Today, some of his former students are among the top music professionals in Greece.
He is the co-founder of Muse.gr music institute & record label and the creator and co-director of Muse Festival one of the most prestigious yearly Jazz festivals to take place in Greece.
From 2008 to 2011, Antonis also taught Jazz Theory, Improvisation & Jazz Ensembles at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki.
In September of 2012, he was awarded by the Eastern Illinois University Graduate School the title of "EIU Global Ambassador". This is an academic honour to international graduate alumni showing considerable achievement in their respective fields.
Antonis is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Music Studies in the University of Athens.
Sami Amiris was born in Thessaloniki. His first encounters with music were with Mr. Panayiotis Moralis, furthered with studies in C.C.T. Simultaneously he was a full-time scholarship student at Anatolia College of Thessaloniki during the middle and high school years. He later studied Mathematics at the University of Crete and in Athens, piano with the internationally acclaimed concert pianist, conductor and Julliard alumnus and instructor Prof. Dimitri Toufexis, and attended composition classes with Prof. Theodore Antoniou and Dr. Ath. Zervas. Very important for his musical life was his encounter and long-time association with Zach Pinakoulakis, and a piano lesson with the great late Mal Waldron.
Today, S. Amiris is one of the best-known and highly respected jazz pianists in Greece. His playing style has an individual character, as he is influenced by a wide musical spectrum, ranging from all the history of Western Classical Music, the jazz tradition, the traditional music of many countries around the world, including India, Arabia, Latin America, Africa, Maori, Greece and the Balkans, etc., and the music of ancient Greece.
Two very important groups of instrumental music in his musical life nowadays: his collaboration with drummer Yannis Stavropoulos and bassist Periklis Trivolis in the power jazz piano trio NUKeLEUS, with the release of their debut double CD "Masterpieces Revisited" under their belt, and also his collaboration with the saxophonist Antonis Ladopoulos in the highly interactive sax-piano duo Phos with an album with the same name under way. He also is the pianist of the Big Band of the Municipality of Athens - and has been since 2000.
He has appeared on stage with many artists from around the world, and also most of the leading figures in the Greek jazz scene. A small indicative list: Bobby Shew, Arild Andersen, Markus Stockhausen, Craig Bailey, Patrice Heral, Chico Freeman, Ron McClure, Sean McGowan, Reiner Witzel, David Garibaldi, Dom Famularo, Walfredo Reyes Jr, Marko Djordjevic, Manuel Orza, Enrique "Kiki" Bu, Vasilis Rakopoulos, Takis Paterelis, Yiotis Kiourtsoglou, Nick Kapilidis and the Jazz Utopia, Janet Kapuya, Veronica Mortensen, Eva Kesselring, Hara Kefala, etc.
He has appeared at numerous and important festivals both inside and outside Greece, including the 8th Novi Sad Festival, the Pannonian Bridge Project, The Durees Festival, The Athens Jazz Festival, Santorini Festival, Tinos Jazz Festival, etc. He was a lecturer at the 7th Novi Sad Jazz Festival, the 6th Summer Ionian Academy at Corfu, and has held various seminars at various higher education Institutions. He has appeared, with various collaborations, at the Athens and Thessaloniki Music Halls, Onassis Cultural Centre, French Institute of Athens, Goethe Institute Athens and Thessaloniki, Conservatory of Athens, etc.
As a teacher, he has many and important successes. Students of his have attended some of the most prestigious musical universities and Academies around the world, both as undergraduates and graduate students. He is a firm believer in the active interaction between mathematics and music, especially in rhythm, and in the completely practical knowledge of every aspect of music theory, irrespective of field, genre or complexity.
Currently he lives in Athens, Greece. He is married and has three children.