- 01 Jul, 2019
- Time: 21:00
- Location: Vamos
- Band: Touliatos / Kiourtzoglou / Vapirov
Nikos Touliatos is one of the globally most acknowledged Greek musicians of jazz, contemporary and improvisational music. He has co-operated with the greatest Greek composers (Mikis Theodorakis among others), with visual artists, dancers, actors, theatre and film directors, he has directed and introduced multi media performances in Greece and abroad. He has composed music for films and theatrical plays. He has also participated in several great global festivals. His personal discography is more than 20 albums. In 2004 he performed at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens, leading a 400-strong team of musicians plus his own group “ECHODRASI”. He also performed at the closing ceremony of the Games, leading a team of thirty musicians, actors and dancers, using items of the athletes as musical instruments, over an original composition of his own.
Yotis Kiourtsoglou started with guitar. His first influences were Greek traditional music, rock and soul. In 1983 he started with the electric bass and jazz music. In 1988 he studied at the Musician's Institute of Los Angeles, where he had the chance to see great musicians up close, to approach their music and their technique, but also their philosophy about life and the relationship between the human beings and music. In 1989 he graduated being rewarded as “The most improved student of the year”, while he was proposed as “the most outstanding player”. During his career in Greece and abroad he has co-operated with a crowd of great and accomplished musicians. In 1996, along with Stavros Lantsias and David Lynch, Yotis Kiourtsoglou founded the extremely popular jazz trio “Human Touch”.
Anatoly Vapirov studied clarinet at the Leningrad Conservatory and later became a professor of saxophone, pursuing parallel careers as an academic, classical saxophonist (with the Leningrad State Symphony Orchestra and the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre) and, increasingly, as a virtuoso jazz performer. Initially working with the jazz rock Music-Hall Orchestra in the late sixties, Vapirov rapidly broadened his repertoire to include all styles of jazz, from big band swing to the borders of free-form and contemporary composition. By the early eighties he had established himself as the leading saxophonist in the USSR. In August 1982 Vapirov’s career was abruptly halted by a two-year prison term for ‘private enterprise’, but he was released before serving his full sentence, possibly because his records had started to appear in the West. In 1986 he moved to Bulgaria. A prolific and versatile musician!