The “Steppin' Out Jazz Band” invites you to a tribute concert honoring the legendary French singer, Edith Piaf, with a programme that will include some of her greatest hits such as La Vie En Rose, Padam Padam, Je ne regrette rien and many more. The performance will take place at Technopolis 20 in Pafos, on Friday, 19th of May at 8pm.
The Steppin' Out Jazz Band is a professional Jazz band that performs swing standards from the 30s, 40s and 50s, composed by the greats of that era, such as George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Richard Rodgers and as performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan among others. It features Alice Ayvazian - vocalist, Konstantinos Efraimidis - clarinet/saxophone, Dimitris Miaris - piano and Greg Makamian - double bass. The band performs extensively around Cyprus and has been featured for many events and Jazz nights for various establishments.
Entrance: 10 euro Reservations necessary at 70002420.
A few words about the musicians Alice Ayvazian received her Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachussets, a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas and a second Master's Degree in Classical Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. In the United States, she participated as lead and backing vocalist in numerous studio recording projects as well as performances and concerts. She has also performed in various venues, concerts and special events in Cyprus and has conducted numerous vocal workshops for choirs and other educational institutions. She is currently instructor of Jazz Voice at the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Nicosia and the Director of the University's Jazz Choir. She is the lead singer of the Steppin' Out Jazz Band and a member of the Cyprus Voice Center.
Konstantinos Efraimidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1986. He started his classical studies at the age of 12. He is a classically trained clarinetist who received his diploma from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. During that time he was a member of the State Conservatory Symphonic Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Aristotle and the Concert Band of Sindos. He is currently continuing his music studies in Jazz Performance under the instruction of saxophonist Charis Ioannou at the University of Nicosia. Since moving to Cyprus, he has become an active member of the local music scene. He is a member of the Avanti Crossover Symphonic Orchestra, the Steppin’ Out Jazz Band and The Hot Club of Cyprus, a gypsy Jazz band. During the summer of 2017 they will perform at the Windcraft Festival. Since October 2016 he is the clarinet teacher at the English School of Nicosia.
Dimitris Miaris was born in Nicosia in 1991. He started playing classical piano from 6 years old. At the age of 16 Dimitris had his first connection with Jazz through the “Jazz Futures” workshops that took place in Nicosia with great musicians such as Sacha Perry, Vahagn Hayrapetyan, Ari Roland and Chris Byars. Since then he took part in almost all the “Jazz Futures” workshops and had various live performances in Cyprus and Greece. He also attended the monthly Bicommunal Workshops with Charis Ioannou. The last two years he participated in Dr. Barry Harris’ workshops in Rome. He is also a member of ‘Neorebetes’, a Greek traditional band, where he plays the accordion. The band has performed in Cyprus, Greece, Kazan (Russian), Sydney and Melbourne (Australia). He received his Bachelor Degree for Jazz Piano at the Ionian University's Jazz Department in 2009 under the instruction of George Kontrafouris.
Greg Makamian is a double bassist, and bandleader based in Cyprus. He has had the opportunity to perform next to the legendary Freddie Redd at Smalls in NYC. He has also played with great musicians such as: Chris Byars, Pasquale Grasso, Zaid Nasser, Pete & Will Anderson, Keith Balla, Phil Stewart, Ofer Landsberg, Stefano Doglioni, Charis Ioannou, John Mosca, and many others. Greg is also in the process of recording an album with the Charis Ioannou & Ioannis Vafeas quartet, performing compositions by Chris Byars. Recently, he performed with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra & the Charis Ioannou group, presenting the music of Charlie Parker – Bird with Strings. In 2015 he was part of BopCy, a quartet with all Cypriot musicians and won the 2nd place in the first Greek Jazz Competition held in Athens, and appeared in Syros as part of the International Jazz Day 2015. As the bandleader of Mood Indigo, Greg has organized public concerts, club engagements and music for private parties all around Cyprus, presenting the finest Cypriot Jazz musicians. The band has performed at the most prestigious events, including performing for the president of Cyprus numerous times. He works frequently with Charis Ioannou and Chris Byars, and has performed at Smalls Jazz Club (NY), Fat Cat (NY), Garage (NY), Apollon Theater (Syros, GR), Pomos Jazz festival (CY), Rialto Theatre (CY), and the Ancient Amphitheater at Kurion (CY).