JWQ Showcase 2017

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Alekos Vretos Quintet @ The Thessaloniki Concert Hall Friday, May 22 at 9:00pm

Alekos Vretos Quintet @ The Thessaloniki Concert Hall 22nd May 2015.

Greek oudist, pianist and composer Alekos Vretos merges jazz, Arabic, Greek and Latin music in a masterful and uplifting blend of sounds. Berklee-trained and known as "The Jazz foreman", "Alekos Vretos is not your average jazz musician, he has taken it personally to propagate world jazz music to everyone." (Athens Voice)

Joined by his long time quartet, Alekos reaches to new ground on the Mediterranean Jazz genre resulting into a combination that is always set to give in an exciting and fresh sound with plenty of sparks.

Vretos has collaborated with the likes of Greek legend Mikis Theodorakis, the world's leading oud player Simon Shaheen as well as Gilad Atzmon, well-known on the London Jazz scene. His compositional approach draws inspiration from the strong melodies of celebrated musicians, such as US Armenian oudist Ara Dinkjian and Tunisian master oudist Anuar Brahem, among others, whilst he keeps his feet firmly on the groove pedal.

Alekos Vretos - oud
Leonidas Sarantopoulos - flute
Dimitris Sevdalis - piano
Dimitris Christopoulos - bass
Dimitris Klonis - drums