I have been fortunate to have collaborated with a number of musicians and organisations across a number of different fora. Among many, the Grand Union Orchestra has been a learning platform in which I had the opportunity to make music with a special group of people, Brian Abrahams and Claude Deppa to name two. As a freelance musician I had the chance to perform with a number of distinguished artists, most recently with Savinna Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico and with Michalis Siganidis’ group. Below you can listen to audio samples of past performances with the Cyprus Big Band and my quartet as well as information about my project Cafe Balkan.

Cafe Balkan

Cafe Balkan has its roots in earlier collaborations and long-standing friendships. The band was conceived in Thessaloniki (Greece) in the winter of 2012 and started taking shape at a reunion on stage at the Mansion at Axiothea street (Cyprus) in September 2013. In Cafe Balkan, the music acts as a means of communication between artists with common roots but different experiences.

Myself, Vasilis Kommatas and Glafkos Kontemeniotis build upon our musical traditions, whilst balancing between traditional and modern sounds. The band’s quest for musical identity is based on improvisation (jazz or other), on deconstruction and maybe reconstruction of rebetiko songs and traditional melodies from Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, FYROM and Asia Minor. The result is a language made personal through traditional melodies from the Mediterranean and the Balkan Peninsula. You can listen to the digital release of our album on bandcamp by clicking here.

Pavlina Konstantopoulou

Singer songwriter Pavlina Konstantopoulou blends a multidimensional amalgam of light and darkness into a folk-rock mix.

Tasos Stylianou

I always enjoy collaborating with Tasos Stylianou, a very unique composer and guitarist. Here you can listen to’Puppets’, a solo vibraphone piece he composed for me towards the end of 2022, recorded live in March 2023.

Glafkos Kontemeniotis

Pianist Glafkos Kontemeniotis has been an active performer, arranger and composer since he moved to New York in 1988. Here you can listen to an original composition from his latest album, Yugen, that features Joel Frahm (saxophone), Marcus McLaurine (bass), Dave Meaden (drums), and Alexander Gagatsis (vibraphone).

Monsieur Doumani

Multi-award winning group Monsieur Doumani compose contemporary Cypriot songs with a twist. Here’s a track I had the pleasure of recording with them in 2018.


Other collaborations

A selection of recordings from earlier collaborations with the Cyprus big band and in a quartet setting with Tasos Stylianou (el. guitar), Charis Ioannou (alto sax), and Gabriel Karapatakis (el. bass).

Katrina Ballerina by Woody Shaw:

Five Alarm Fire with the Cyprus Big Band (excerpt):

Prelude to a Kiss by Duke Ellington: