YANNIS

YANNIS

Born in Athens, studied at Berklee college on full scolarship. Played and recorded with such diverse artists as pianists Mike Jones, Aydin Essen, Vassilis Tsabropoulos and Chris Jacob, saxophonists Jim Odgren, Andy Sheppard and Dimitri Vasilakis, bassists Manuel Orza, Xavier Padilla, Jack Kulp,Yotis Kiourktsoglou and George Fakanas. He is in regular collaboration with jazz master Craig Bailey and noted organist George Kontrafouris. Sought after clinician he has collaborated with Thomas Lang, Dom Famularo and George Kollias amongst many others. He is currently the head of  Modern Music School percussion department  and working with the power jazz trio Nukeleus involving super pianist Sami Amiris and bassist Pericles Trivolis.





 
 
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The Black Page p.2
This is the "Easy New York teenage version" of the Black page which, in many ways, is harder to play than the notorious first part.
In this arrangement I changed the instrumentation a bit and also added some percussion here and there. The Turkish chifteteli beat at 3:01
is a bow to Zappa's relentless sense of humour. To skip the intro vamp click here 1:03. Single take, no edits.




Instant interaction in performance; using the forms themselves as improvisable material, in addition to strict adherence to piece structure; stylistic freedom through thorough comprehension of a multitude of musical styles without prejudice; pieces from simple songs to the most intricate composition; melodies, harmonies and rhythms from the simplest to the most complex; and first and foremost, moods that create musical journeys...
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