5th Cyprus Jazz and World Music Showcase

5th Cyprus Jazz and World Music Showcase

Following four successful editions, the Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase, presents, in this fifth edition, ten different bands and more than forty artists on 23rd and 24th of November at Rialto Theatre. The festival, organized by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Music Information Centre and the Rialto Theatre, aims to network and promote Cypriot artists to both, the public of Cyprus and professionals from the international music scene.

Festival organizers, producers and representatives of organizations from abroad with whom the Cyprus Music Information Center and Rialto Theatre cooperates, will attend the concerts and enrich the Showcase with their knowhow and expertise. In this direction, the festival's main program is framing a series of parallel activities such as jam session, workshop and discussion with guests from abroad, with a special emphasis on educating and informing artists about the most prominent ways of music production and promotion of today on an international level.


22/11 - Workshop: How to present yourself as a musician – and book more gigs
@ Mason Bar 18:30
Speakers: Maaike van Steenis (Netherlands) and Jan Flubacher (Germany)

Musicians find it challenging to approach venues and gigs. How do you approach them? What kind of information do they want? How do you get them interested? How do you make sure you stand out? This workshop will answer the above questions. Additionally, the participants will get personal and tailor-made feedback on their promo material and the way they approach venues and gigs.

Maaike van Steenis works as a music marketing trainer and author. Her first book was published in 2017. She also teaches music marketing and entrepreneurship at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam.

Jan Flubacher is a double bass player who has been working in the Jazz and World music scene for over 20 years. He founded his own agency and has been working as a band coach at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem.

22/11 – Jam Session @ Mason Bar – (Opening by Macumba group) 20:30

25/11 – Talks: Understanding the festival enviroment: artistic and organizational challenges @ Rialto Cafe 10:30
Speakers: Tanko Katsarov & Mira Katsarova - Plovdiv Jazz Fest & Indre Jucaite - Kaunas Jazz Festival

Plovdiv Jazz Fest is one of the staples of the cultural calendar of Plovdiv in Bulgaria, which will be Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2019. The event is organized by jazz singer Mira Katsarova and the most important mission of Plovdiv Jazz Fest is to build a bridge across the generations and gather on stage well-known artists and young talents, to let them exchange ideas, experiences and views on jazz music.The festival’s programme also includes interesting side events such as poetry readings, exhibitions, lectures and workshops led by renowned professionals.

The International Jazz Festival Kaunas Jazz is the biggest Jazz Festival in Lithuania and a member of Europe Jazz Network. Since its creation in 1991, it has managed to firmly establish itself in the music scene of Lithuania and Europe.Through its twenty-eight years of existence, the team of Kaunas Jazz, via its persistent and consistent efforts, makes sure that it remains among the most renowned jazz festivals in the world. It is trusted by world jazz music creators, performers, listeners and sponsors; it is a festivity for jazz music lovers, creators and critics in the city of Kaunas, in Lithuania, Europe and the world at large. It has become a leader in ‘importing’ jazz stars, as well as an expert presenter of Lithuanian jazz virtuosos. As a result, Kaunas Jazz opens its stages to both well-known Lithuanian jazz pearls and young talented musicians.

Main Program

Friday 23 November

Tree of Dawn
Ronja Burve: vocals, live electronics, Christos Yerolatsitis: piano, synthesizers, Antreas Yerolatsitis: guitar

The Next Formation
Nicolas Genethliou: keyboard, Rodrigo Caceres: bass, Elias Ioannou: trumpet, Marios Gregoriou: drums

Junkey Moneywise
Vasilis Vourvopoulos: piano, keys, Mark Ioannou: drums, Marinos Kassinos: bass

Michael Messios Symmetry Band
Michael Messios: band leader, double bass, composer, arranger, Charis Ioannou: saxophone, Marios Toumbas: piano, Ioannis Vafeas: drums , Guest musician: Rodos Panayiotou: percussions

Zacharias Spyridaki: Cretan lyra, Hub Hildenbrand: guitar, Gabriel Karapatakis: fretless bass

Saturday 24 November

Georgos Bizios Group: Renato's Journey in the Vortex
Georgos Bizios: electric guitar, Milan Kuhn: alto saxophone, Costas Mavrides: double bass, Thomas Jaspers: drums

Nicolas Tryphonos Quintet
Nicolas Tryphonos: double bass, Giannis Koutis: oud, Elias Ioannou: trumpet, Andreas Panteli: piano, Andreas Stefanou: drums

Andreas Rodosthenous Trio
Christos Yerolatsitis: piano, Andreas Rodosthenous: electric bass, Stelios Xydias: drums

Odysseas Toumazou Trio
Odysseas Toumazou: guitar, George Koulas: drums, Andreas Rodosthenous: bass

Cafe Balkan
Alexander Gagatsis: vibraphone, Vasilis Kommatas: clarinet, Cahit Kutrafali: electric bass Pavlina Konstantopoulou: guitar, voice, Andreas Theodorou: τύμπανα / drums

Organizers: Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus Music Information Centre and Rialto Theatre.

Media Sponsor: Astra 92.8, CYBC
Hospitality Sponsor: Mediterranean Beach Hotel
Supported by: Eventpro, Limassol Tourist Board, Lemesos Newspaper, Vestnik Kipra

Rialto Theatre 23 & 24 November, 19.30
Tickets: €10 / 6 (daily ticket) & €15 / 10 (for both days)
Box Office: 77 77 77 45 E-tickets:

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