Giorgos Kontrafouris Trio
The Giorgos Kontrafouris Trio performed last night, featuring top jazz pianist Giorgos Kontrafouris “accompanied by two excellent young musicians, Kimon Karoutzos on bass and American Jason Wastor on drums”. Karoutzos and Wastor bring “their youthful freshness and energy to Kontrafouris’ compositions”. The jazz trio is dynamic, and their performance was impressive!
Album “The Passing”
The concert featured compositions from Kontrafouris’ latest album, “The Passing”. Through the album, he “explores the piano as a means of reviewing the memories of his long and creative artistic career”. The album features his own compositions, as well as those of “other Greek musicians who played an important role in his development as a jazz artist”. The new album’s first live presentation took place at Birdland Jazz Club in Manhattan, New York on February 2, 2020.
One composition, “Aeolian,” is by “pioneering jazz pianist and composer Markos Alexiou (1939-2014)”. Alexiou played an important role in George’s development as a pianist. Another composition, “Hammock,” is a rendition of a song by Greek singer, songwriter Savvina Giannatou. The song premiered in 1982, at a Corfu Song Contest founded by renowned Greek composer, songwriter Manos Hatzidakis.
“As a leading Greek jazz pianist, organist, and teacher, George Kontrafouris’ rich discography and collaborations with musicians worldwide is internationally recognized. His artistic production includes jazz, blues, Greek music, poetry, and improvisations.”
Kontrafouris studied at the Finnish Academy of Music Sibelius and Athens Conservatory. He teaches jazz piano and instrument at Ionian University and has taught at the Sibelius Academy in Finland and Athenaeum Conservatory in Greece. Kontrafouris has given seminars at various schools in Greece, Ireland, Indonesia, and Estonia.
Kimon Karoutzos and Jason Wastor
Kimon Karoutzos is a student of the legendary jazz artist Ron Carter – bassist, composer, educator, and author. Jason Wastor is a student of jazz master drummer Kenny Washington. Both Karoutzos and Wastor performed extraordinary solos last night, demonstrating their immense talent!