For 20 years now, Yiorgos Fakanas Group has sought to include in its ranks the best Greek jazz improvisers and perform the music written and orchestrated by Yiorgos Fakanas with virtuosity, highlighting its key qualities – mercurial rhythms, bold melodic lines and impressive arrangements.
Yiorgos Fakanas started his music career at an early age; today, he performs and records with the world’s best musicians in Greece and other countries. He has released 11 solo albums, authored 24 music instruction books and is the founder of the Art Music School. His compositions have been performed by major orchestras (Hanover Symphony, Camerata, Orchestra of Colours, ERT Big Band.)
His music has always been very challenging to perform – even for internationally acclaimed musicians. One such is Horacio Hernandez, who will contribute his Afro-Cuban temperament in this concert.
Hernandez gained worldwide recognition as the pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s drummer. He left Cuba in 1990 to pursue an international music career in the United States; he has played in several Grammy Award-winning albums, playing with Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdez and McCoy Tyner, and owns a Grammy Award for the album Live at the Blue Note (2003).
At the Lighthouse concert, the band will be augmented by a Bulgarian horn trio, which will add its own, Balkan overtones to the mix.
Featuring: Mihail Iossifov, trumpet
Vili Stoyanov, trombone
Dimitar Liolev, saxophone
Dimitris Sevdalis, keyboard
Yiorgos Fakanas, bass
Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, drums
Sunday 27/01 | 21.00