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Roman Gomez Quartet feat. Odalis Palma

The festival's program is concluded on 23/8 with an acoustic latin evening from Roman Gomez Quartet with special guest star the great Cuban singer Odalis Palma. The band was formed by two brothers from Argentina, Roman Gomez (piano, bandoneon, guitar) and Demian Gomez (percussion, drums), in order to create new alternative ways of playing traditional music of Argentina (such as tango, chacarera, chamamé, zamba) with influences from jazz and latin american folklore music, while Caribbean element and Cuban rhythm was added. In the quartet participate also two extraordinary Greek musicians, the saxophonist Antonis Ladopoulos and the bassist George Palamiotis. The great Cuban singer Odalis Palma is also collaborating with the band.
 
Roman Gomez, piano-bandoneon-guitar
Demian Gomez, percussion-drums
Antonis Ladopoulos, saxophone-flute
George Palamiotis, electric bass
 
Special guest: Odalis Palma, vocals
 
 

Photos from the concert΄s evening (23/8/2013)

HD videos from the concert΄s evening (23/8/2013)

        
        

 

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Roman Gomez, piano - bandoneon - guitar

From Buenos Aires of Argentina, Roman Gomez moved to Athens on a permanent basis in September 2008. He has collaborated with musicians in various countries as France, Spain, Letonia, Germany, Italy etc. Just to mention only Italy, he worked with Lucio Dalla, Eduardo de Angelis, Lisa, Teatro del Sol, Daniele Sepe, Tony Esposito, Accademia di Santa Cecilia He was playing tango at several festivals around Europe. Also he has given tango master classes in Rome and Naples.
 
In Greece he worked with the composer Marios Strofalis, Orchestra of Colors and Natalia Petsalis among others( ERT, Half Note, Kappa Theater).

His tango music embraces elements of Argentinian and Latin American foklore, while adopting free stylistic elements from jazz. In his improvisation and compositions, he possesses a unique creative blend of tango and modern classical music, with harmonic styling much like the style of Claude Debussy, Gerswhin and Bella Bartok.

 

In addition, apart from being an excellent instrumentalist (piano, electric and acoustic guitar, bandoneon), he is an outstanding composer and arranger. But tango andAargentinian folklore is not his only main field of virtuosity. Recently he took part with his trio at Preveza Jazz Festival and at European Jazz Festival at Technopolis, Athens. Besides he is working in a project with the renowned musicians Marios Strofalis and Kostas Vlahopoulos. This summer he is going to give concerts in Rome, Naples, Cyprus, Rhodes and of course at Megaro Gyzi in Santorini.

 

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festival13 28 Demian Gomez, drums - percussion
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Antonis Ladopoulos 11

 

Antonis Ladopoulos, saxophone

Antonis Ladopoulos was born in Athens Greece. In 1990, he earned a Bachelor degree in Jazz Studies and Performance from William Paterson University of New Jersey, after attending its highly accredited Jazz Studies Program led by Jazz legend Rufus Reid. Upon the completion of his studies he received a Graduate Assistantship along with a full scholarship from Eastern Illinois University.

Moving to Illinois, he spent two years studying and working as a teaching assistant in the Jazz Program, led by Alan Horney and Henry Butler. During that time, he performed on various occasions as a member of the Henry Butler Quartet. In 1991 he earned an exceptional performance award at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival. He graduated in 1992 with a Master of Arts Degree and moved back to Greece.

Since then, he has been leading his own groups and teaching the Jazz idiom in the greater Athens area. He has performed all over Greece, both with his own group and as a featured soloist. His personal discography includes 4 albums. He has appeared in numerous commercial recordings with various pop artists, as well as a soloist with the National Radio Orchestra. His quartet was featured in the celebrational events of the 2004 Olympic Games. Antonis Ladopoulos is highly acclaimed as an educator. Today, some of his former students are among the top music professionals in Greece.
  
 
 
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festival13 30 George Palamiotis, bass
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Special guest:

Odalis Palma, vocals