Establishment Year: 2014

Following four successful editions, the Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase, presents, in this fifth edition, ten different bands and more than forty artists.

Acknowledging the presence and influence of the Jazz and World Music genres on the Cypriot contemporary music creation, the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus Music Information Centre and the Rialto Theatre organised for the first time in 2014 the first Jazz and World Music Showcase. Following in the footsteps of other contemporary international music festivals, they aimed, through this Showcase, at presenting important works, composers and virtuoso instrumentalists who exceed the geographic boundaries of Cyprus.

The first Showcase was organised in memory of Cypriot composer, guitarist and music teacher Savvas Houvartas, one of the most prominent composers of his generation who left a significant legacy despite his short career. His work undoubtedly constitutes a reference point for the next generations, as well as a source of inspiration.

The primary objective of the Jazz & World Music Showcase, now established as an annual event, is the presentation, encouragement and promotion of Cypriot composers and musicians, as well as the enhancement of their communication with the audience. Another equally important objective is to ensure music networking both in Cyprus and abroad. Within this context, the event provides an additional incentive to Cypriot artists, since it offers to all participants the opportunity to establish collaborations between them, as well as to create synergies with artists from other countries. In order to secure this objective, prominent personalities from the international music scene are invited every year to attend the concerts, with a view to promoting the contemporary artists of Cyprus and building bridges and collaborations between musicians, organisers and international festivals.

The main programme of the Showcase is enriched with a series of parallel events, such as jam sessions, workshops and discussions featuring international guests. Hence, emphasis is given on the education and information received by the artists themselves, but also the organisers whose mission is to empower the cultural development of the island and to discover modern ways of producing and promoting music internationally.

Festival organisers, producers and representatives of organisations who collaborate with Cyprus Music Information Centre and the Rialto Theatre attend the concerts and enrich the event with their knowhow and expertise. Among them are the following representatives:

Sami Sadak - Babel Med, Kostadin Shurbanovski – Skopje Jazz Festival Director, Matoula Koutsari - Womex Music Expo, Olga Tambouri – Babali – Artistic Director of Sani Festival, Bogdan Benigar – Assistant Director of Cankarjev Dom Cultural Centre in Slovenia, Athina Chimariou and Efthymios Mavrikas – Syros Jazz Festival representatives, Dubi Lenz – Artistic Director of «The Red Sea Jazz Festival» in Israel, Raisa Siivola - Finnish Jazz Federation representative, Tonis Tuur, member of the Jazz Union from Esthonia, Maaike Elise van Steenis – Author and Trainer on Cultural Entrepreneurship, Martyna Markowska – Faculty of Philosophy, History, Culture and Arts – University of Helsinki, Alexandra Kaletsari – Artistic Advisor and Event - Festival organiser, Organiser of Thessaloniki International Jazz Day.

The following bands participated in the previous Jazz & World Music Showcase editions:

1st Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase (26 & 27/9/2014)
Symmetry Quartet, Rodosthenous Quartet, Sur Quintet, The Amalgamation Project, Café Balkan, Takoushis-Karapatakis project –with Zacharias Spyridakis, Bass out, Tri-cool-ore, Ireneaos Trio.

2nd Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase (27 & 28/11/2015)
Ireneos Koulouras Trio, Greg Makamian Quartet, Marios Gregoriou Quartet, The Zilla Project, Afro Banda Banana, Andreas Rodosthenous Trio, Pol Balardi’s Force (Luxembourg), TriCoolore feat. Pantelis Stoikos, Morfitis Funkastic.

3rd Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase (18 &19/11/2016)
Leonid Nesterov Trio, Trio Frisson, Rumba Attack featuring Christina Polycarpou, Takoushis Karapatakis Project and Cahit Kutrafali Quartet, The Original Quartet, Nikos Charalambous Trio, Fuzz Bus, Urban Trio featuring Andreas Polyzogopoulos, TriCoolOre featuring Pantelis Stoikos, Dimitris Lappas.

4th Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase (24 & 25/11/2017)
Alexis Kasinos Quartet, Ioannou / Vafeas Quartet, Loizos Pafitis “The Underdog”, Macumba, Free Over Four, Trio Tekke & Dave De Rose, Vasiliki Anastasiou - The Amalgamation Project, Mighty Sugarcane.