The ‘Charis Ioannou Quartet’ includes Pianist Marios Toumbas, Bassist Michael Messios, Drummer Ioannis Vafeas and Charis on Alto Sax. Charis and his colleagues have appeared in concerts in Poland, Greece, Kuwait, Serbia, Holland, England, Luxembourg, Belgium, U.S.A, Spain and Italy.
The ‘Irenaeos Koullouras Trio’, formed in early 2002 and immediately made a strong impact on the music scene not only in Cyprus, but also in Athens, Israel and Serbia.
The members of the band include George Krasides on Tenor Sax, Soprano & Clarinet, George Koulas on Drums and Irenaeos Koullouras on Contrabass.
The band ‘Uptown Beat’ formed in 2006 and features Charis Ioannou on Saxophone, Savvas Houvartas on Guitar, Gabriel Karapatakis on Bass and Rodos Panayiotou on Drums. The band’s repertoire is a fusion of various types of music including straight funk rhythms from the seventies, classic rock sounds, swinging rhythms from North America and Latin rhythms from Central and South America.
Last but not least, the singer Ioanna treated us to the velvet tones of her ‘alto’ voice, with her presence captivating the audience, by simply telling a story in song - in her own unique way - sometimes sweet and melodic and sometimes strong and direct.
This was a unique festival hosted by Aphrodite Hills. The evening was a complete success, with a huge attendance of people and an audience who were totally captivated by the performances of the talented musicians. The amazing light system, including a giant sky beam light added to the ambiance of the evening. A delectable menu offering a variety of foods, including pizzas, tapas, soup and Greek doughnuts, combined with wines and beer on sale at low prices, only added to the enjoyment of a perfect night out.
For next year, one has to wonder what could possibly improve the excellent standard and atmosphere of this year's Jazz Festival. With bated breath, we definitely look forward to finding out.