New York based pianist, Glafkos Kontemeniotis is a gem of a musician. Based in the Mecca of jazz for over thirty years now, he has performed in such diverse venues as the Blue Note, the Kitano and Birdland jazz clubs in New York, the Alice Tully Hall and Schomburg Theatre, in universities across the country including Yale and Princeton, as well as Lykavitos theatre, in Athens, attracting attention from acclaimed reviewers and knowing listeners.
His work has been described as ‘unmistakably personal’, a sound that incorporates elements and echoes from various musical and emotional experiences. The pianist weaves jazz, traditional and classical music into a recognizable personal style that brings cross-cultural art to new heights. Not incidentally, Jazz Review has noted that in Kontemeniotis’s music ‘instantaneous energy freely and synoptically exchanges in milliseconds of anticipation, recognition and elaboration’ resulting in ’empathy that leads to distinctive cohesion and a unified sound’ (June 2010).
Glafkos Kontemeniotis – piano
Alexander Gagatsis – vibraphone
Irineos Koulouras – bass
Ioannis Vafeas – drums