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Paros Jazz Foundation and Festival and ACE -Arts Culture Europe are presenting the 2nd edition of the Jazz Festival to be held in the wonderful setting of the Island of Paros, Greece, from July 5 to July 12, 2012.   

The organization of the event is a collaboration between Athena Perantinou / Paros Jazz Foundation & Festival and Marc Buronfosse, musician / teacher at the Paris National Conservatory of Region - artistic director of the Paros Jazz Academy & Festival and ACE (Arts Culture Europe), a non profit organization for the promotion of music and arts in Europe.  

The Paros Jazz Academy consists of a team of experienced teachers and artists all with international backgrounds that will be sharing their knowledge and passion for music with students from around the world.


The duration of the academy is five intensive days of jazz lessons and is catering for the needs of musicians and singers with some experience in the genre, who would like to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Jazz, as well as improve their technical aptitude and skills under the guidance of professional musicians and experienced teachers.

Daily lessons will include seminars on the use of musical instruments (electric and acoustic bass, saxophone, piano, electric and acoustic guitar, harp and drums), vocal lessons, group sessions and improvisation sessions.

The Academy provides a holistic approach to music, therefore every morning in open air, an hour is dedicated to Qi Gong , a warm up in the style of the Shaolin monks from South China, to strengthen the muscles of the body with relaxation of the ligaments which is also associated to working on concentration.

This summer the Paros Jazz Academy is glad to announce that   this summer   the Academy will be featuring 3 new courses:

A -    Acoustic & Electric Guitar class by Vasilis Rakopoulos

B -    Harp class by Isabelle Olivier

C -    Jazz Initiation workshop by Eric Breton

A Jazz workshop for musicians who want to approach improvisation and learn how to practice and develop it in Jazz, focusing on the different aspects of this music: phrasing, rythm, sound, harmony, melody and creativity.  
All students have the opportunity also to practice in Jam sessions, organized in the evenings at the Albatross Hotel.

Everyone who is interested can apply directly through the website, by sending the online application form.

The Paros Jazz Academy is glad to announce another new course: Chamber music workshop
This is a 5 day course designed to immerse participants in the joy of playing music with their peers, guided by members of the Academy’s faculty. Chamber music groups will include duos, trios quartets in all instruments including voice.
Participants will be placed in chamber music groups and assigned pieces prior to arriving on Paros Island. Please, indicate the most recent repertoire completed on the registration form. If you are already part of a group which you would like to bring to the island and study your own repertoire, please, let the organizers know.
Daily classes include masterclasses, interpretation discussions in the morning and rehearsals coached by the Academy’s faculty in the afternoon. Individual lessons at no extra cost can be arranged if requested. At the end of the Workshop, each group will perform a selection of the material studied.
Chamber music workshop daily program :
10.30 — 12.30: instrumental masterclass
12.30 — 13.30: interpretation discussions
13.30 — 15.00: lunch time
15.00 — 17.00: ensembles workshops/private lessons

Suggested registration deadline 30th April.
For further information contact   Mrs. Athena Perantinou /Paros Jazz Foundation & Festival,     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

CONCERTS 2012  :

Saturday July 7, Marpissa 9.30 pm -

PJA One Shot Quartet
Alexandra Grimal — soprano and tenor saxophones, Vasilis Rakopoulos — guitar, Joe Quitzke — drums, Marc Buronfosse — acoustic bass

“A concert under the stars for improvised music lovers…”
Paris Paros Project

Sara Lazarus, vocals - Erici Bretonl, tenor  saxophone - Vasilis Rakopoulos, guitar -   Vincent Bourgeyx, piano - Joe Quitzke, drums - Marc Buronfosse, acoustic bass - “Miss Lazarus can swing and she enunciates well. And she can improvise. She scatted a chorus of agile bebop ideas. Her voice was warm and supple.” The New York Times

Monday July 9, Lefkes Amphitheater 9.30 pm.
Parian Poetry and Jazz   / Isabelle Olivier Trio invite Alexandra Grimal

Isabelle Olivier, harp -   Alexandra Grimal, tenor and soprano saxophones -   Joe Quitzke,   drums - Marc Buronfosse, acoustic bass.

“In any circumstances, Isabelle makes the most of the depth and strength of her instrument, suggesting colors and chants of the ocean. She brings together strings and winds to deliver a very open and malleable music, until reaching an unexpected shore…”

Jazz Magazine

Tuesday July 10, Paros Park 9.30 pm -
Jasser Haj Youssef 4tet

Jasser Haj Youssef, violin and viola d’amore - Gaël Cadoux, piano - Arnaud Dolmen, drums - Gwo Ka percussion - Marc Buronfosse, acoustic bass.

“Four musicians in the crowd, under a patch of blue sky. Tonight the Jasser Haj Youssef Quartet is the symbol of openness to all music. Chants of the Orient, vibrations of the soul, body trance…Mixed music that takes baroque accents, bordering covered floral shores of jazz that is carefree and talkative. Jasser Haj Youssef’s violin has the look of a luth and throws a bridge between all cultures…” Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace

Wednesday July 11, Piso Livadi 9.30 pm -
Students’ Final Concert on the Beach with free access

Thursday July 5, Friday July 6 and Sunday July 8,   Jam Sessions Around The Pool with free access at Hotel Albatross in Logaras Beach 10.00 pm      


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