Yako Trio | Ode to Yannis

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Ode to Yannis

by Yako Trio

The key element for forming the Yako Trio was the work of the well-known Greek composer Yannis Konstantinidis, in particular his classical arrangement to familiar melodies of Greek traditional music.They formed this trio in order to edit it and introduce it again to the audience through their own musical sounds and experiences.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. Wake up Young Man
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2. The Fishermen
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3. The Dance of Zalongo
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4. The Eagle
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5. New Year's Carol
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Album Notes
‘’A band of young people who attempt something totally original and particularly creative: a jazz tribute to the great Greek musician Yannis Konstantinidis.’’

Three young musicians who, after their studies, mainly in jazz, and their musical wanderings in various cities abroad, returned at their hometown with their luggage full of a great variety of sounds, experiences and knowledge, in order to confront and have a fertile, energetic conversation with its particular sounds and memories coming out from its very long, rich, multicultural history.

The key element for forming the Trio was the work of the well-known Greek musician and composer Yannis Konstantinidis, in particular his arrangement to familiar melodies and rhythms of Greek traditional music. His intention was to save the unregistered Greek traditional musical material through the synthesis process. He has been heavily influenced by classical composers such as C. Debussy, M. Ravel and B. Bartok. All members of the Yako Trio have a deep knowledge of Konstantinidis’ work and also a great admiration for it. They formed this trio in order to edit it and introduce it again to the audience through their own musical sounds and experiences. That’s why they named the band “Yako Trio”, after the initial letters of Yannis Konstantinidis’ name.

Their objective is to create a new dynamic, imaginative approach to well-known Greek traditional songs, merging traditional idioms, classical harmonies and contemporary jazz music elements, incorporating jazz improvisations. This is their way to revive authentic traditional music, and also present their own compositions on this particular music style, forming their musical identity, always aiming at an outward-looking tone through interaction with musicians from different cultures and various music styles. This “ethnic-jazz” trend that they follow, becomes more and more popular among the general public all over the world, blowing away preconceptions about the boundaries between genres, constantly gaining more and more non-jazz listerners.

Yako Trio constits of: Leandros Pasias (piano), George Klountzos - Chrisidis (drums) and Vangelis Vrachnos (double bass).

''Ode to Yannis''

Recorded December 2017
Magnanimus Studio, Thessaloniki
Engineer : Giorgos Pentzikis
Assistant : Asteris Partalios
Artworks & design : Fotini Potamia
Text : Chara Andreidou

Produced by Yako Trio
December 2018



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