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  • Myrsini Margariti, Effie Agrafioti

    Lila Lalaouni - Sehnsucht

    Periklis Koukos - Dancing Piece III

    Dimitris Dragatakis 01 Sonata no.1 for violin and piano - I. Allegro Moderato

    Elena Papandreou - Lydia Awakens

    George Zervos - Five Variations, for flute and piano

    Picetic-Sakellaridis Piano Duo - Suite for 2 pianos - I - Tango (N. Skalkottas)

    Alkis Papadopoulos - Noessis

(Irida J002)

Area Libera is pianist Thanassis Valsamis’ debut album. Featuring 14 of his original compositions, it is a worthy addition to the modern European jazz scene.

 

 

 

 

 

The title of the album is inspired by a note at the end of the score of the song "Round a Turn" by the Italian jazz musician Paolo Damiani which said: "Improvisazione intorno alla propria linea verso un area piu libera e rarefatta", which means: "Improvisation around the given line towards an area more free and sparse. " The same idea is reflected in the composition of the pieces and in the production of the music: the simple rendering of the themes and the melodic motifs as they are inherent in solos and group improvisation, in a sparse and / or open form.

 

Personnel:

Leonidas Sarantopoulos - Flute,

Andreas Polyzogopoulos - Trumpet,

Thanassis Valsamis - Piano,

George Ventouris - Double Bass,

Vangelis Kotzambasis - Drums