Lefteris Kordis | "Oh Raven, If You Only Had Brains!...songs for Aesop's Fables - a Tribute to Charlie Banacos

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"Oh Raven, If You Only Had Brains!...songs for Aesop's Fables - a Tribute to Charlie Banacos

by Lefteris Kordis

Mediterranean Jazz
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In the Land of Phrygians
5:26 $1.49
2. The Cicada and the Ants
5:58 $1.49
3. The Bird-Catcher and the Crested Lark
8:11 $1.49
4. The Kid and the Wolf
7:56 $1.49
5. The Old Man and Death
9:14 $1.49
6. The Raven and the Fox
7:34 $1.49
7. The (Three) Bulls and the Lion
6:20 $1.49
8. The Fox and the Grapes
6:14 $1.49
9. Journey to Delphoi
7:05 $1.49
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Album notes contain translations of Ancient Greek fonts which this particular text body cannot support. With your purchase, please contact the artist at elkordis@hotmail.com and he will send you an 8-page booklet in a pdf. format. Thank you.

About the Artist:
Pianist, Composer, and Inner Circle Music recording artist Lefteris Kordis has established himself as a unique voice in the Mediterranean Jazz idiom. He grew up in a multi-cultural environment in Elefsis, an ancient town near Athens, Greece. Since the age of four, he studied, performed, and composed based on a wide spectrum of genres including Greek Folk, Western European Classical, and Jazz.

He graduated from the Experimental Music Gymnasium and Lyceum of Pallini, the National Conservatory of Athens, the Ionian University, and pursued a Master’s and a Doctorate at New England Conservatory on Fulbright and Onassis grants.

He has performed in major international venues such as the Carnegie Hall, Panama Jazz Festival, Athens Epidaurus Festival, and Toronto Jazz Festival with music legends Steve Lacy, George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Vasilis Saleas, Mikis Theodorakis, Sheila Jordan, Vasilis Skoulas, Glykeria, Greg Osby, Panayotis Lalezas, and Robin Eubanks, among others.

Lefteris is currently Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music and the director of the music programs at the Maliotis Cultural Center in Boston, MA. He taught at New England Conservatory for nearly 10 years and also taught at the Global Jazz Institute for the last 3 years, teaching alongside Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, and Terri Lyne Carrington. He is the co-director -along with Dimos Dimitriadis, head of the jazz program at the Ionian University- of the "Aqua Jazz,” a program that builds bridges between folk and jazz musicians of the Mediterranean region. Lefteris has served as gospel choir director and organist/pianist at the historic Columbus Ave AME Church in Boston and Cambridge. He performs regularly with his jazz trio with bassist John Lockwood and drummer Karen Kocharyan, and co-leads the Penny Muse Band, a Greek Jazz art-song and Folk music band.

Lefteris has recorded six albums as a leader and numerous others as a sideman.

"A pianist with skill, touch, musicality and a gift for making songs from songs. Plus, he can swing! Give a listen" ~ Bob Brookmeyer, Composer, Trombonist, NEA Jazz Master

"A young pianist & composer who has demonstrated an exceptional creativity, in both his playing & his writing, as well as showing us all, his very strong commitment & motivation to aim for high musical goals. Talent like his is rare." ~ Steve Lacy, soprano Saxophonist, Composer, McArthur Genius Fellowship Award Recipient

“In these times, when we are in great need of fresh examples of intercultural dialogue, Lefteris’s music is an abundant source of inspiration.” ~ Danilo Pérez Pianist, Composer, Multi-Grammy winner

“Some 70 years after Dizzy Gillespie incorporated Afro Cuban rhythms into the big-band context, jazz today regularly takes its cue from global musical traditions. A prime example is the colorful, highly intelligent blend of modern jazz elements and aspects of Mediterranean folk-song...” - ★★★★
DOWNBEAT Magazine - Michael Harris

"Pianist Kordis is a masterful musician whose nimble mind can perform the most amazing spontaneous improvisations on any given theme, lightning fast in his fingering and always in precise coordination with the singer and others. He is quite a phenomenon!"
~ David K. Rodgers (Hardwick Gazette, August 17, 2011)

"Kordis is the real discovery on this album [Paolo Lattanzi's Multitude, feat. Robin Eubanks], his playing is brilliant throughout whatever the tempo and he exhibits genuine ability as both soloist and accompanist. He's certainly a player I'd like to hear more of."
~ Ian Mann (The JazzMann.com - March 2010)



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