Steppin ‘Out Jazz Band honors Nancy Wilson at Technopolis 20
The Steppin ‘Out Jazz Band pays homage to singer Nancy Wilson, the’ songwriter ‘as she loved to be known, in this tribute featuring a selection of her songs, artfully interwoven with captivating details about her life and music. .
From her early collaborations with George Shearing and Cannonball Adderley to her greatest hits, enjoy the best of Nancy Wilson performed by one of Cyprus’ most renowned jazz bands!
Nancy Wilson was an American singer whose career spanned more than five decades. She has recorded over 70 albums and won three Grammy Awards for her work. During her performing career, Wilson has been called a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop and soul, an “accomplished actress” and “the complete artist”. Her favorite title, however, was “Songwriter”.
Singer Alice Ayvazian will be joined by Dimitris Miaris (piano) and Costas Challoumas (double bass) with their rich experience, expertise and exciting arrangements of timeless jazz songs, under the stars in the garden of Technopolis 20, on Friday June 18. 2021, at 8 p.m.
Entrance: 12 €
ONLY with reservations by phone at 70002420 and presales.
Center d’art Technopolis 20. Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday 9 am to 1 pm
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Limited number of places available, due to measures announced by the government to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
* The public must have a rapid or PCR test valid for 72 hours or have been vaccinated with at least the first dose of the vaccine three weeks before or have been infected with Covid-19 in the past three months *
The place takes all the necessary precautions and follows the instructions announced by the government, to ensure your health and safety.
A few words about the musicians
Alice Ayvazian received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Saint Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, and a second master’s degree in classical performance and pedagogy from the University of Nicosia. , Cyprus. In the United States, she has been involved as a principal and backing vocalist in numerous studio recording projects as well as various performances and concerts. Since returning to Cyprus, she has established her reputation as an active figure in the local jazz scene alongside some of Cyprus’s best musicians. She is the lead singer of the Steppin ‘Out Jazz Band with Konstantinos Efraimidis (clarinet / saxophone) and Dimitris Miaris (piano). A member of the Cyprus Voice Center, Alice is also a sought-after clinician and vocal coach. She has presented various vocal workshops and seminars for choirs, educational institutions and music conservatories. In addition to her singing activities, Alice has conducted research on the early 20th century Armenian composer, Komitas Vardapet, which she presented at the Komitas and Medieval Music Culture International Conference in Yerevan, Armenia (2016). She is currently a Jazz Voice teacher in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Nicosia (since 2009) and Director of the University’s Jazz Choir (since 2011). She is also a voice teacher at the Musicopolis music school.
Dimitris Miaris was born in Nicosia in 1991. He started classical piano at the age of 6. At the age of 16, Dimitris had his first connection with jazz through the “Jazz Futures” workshops which took place in Nicosia with great musicians such as Sacha Perry, Vahagn Hayrapetyan, Ari Roland and Chris Byars. Since then he has participated in almost all “Jazz Futures” workshops and had various live performances in Cyprus and Greece. He also attended the monthly bicommunity workshops with Charis Ioannou. The last two years he has participated in the workshops of Dr Barry Harris in Rome. He is also a member of ‘Neorebetes’, a traditional Greek band, where he plays the accordion. The group has performed in Cyprus, Greece, Kazan (in Russian), Sydney and Melbourne (Australia). He obtained his BA in Jazz Piano at the Jazz Department of the Ionian University in 2009 under the supervision of George Kontrafouris.
Costas Challoumas was born and raised in Larnaca. He studied pedagogy at the University of Cyprus, where he graduated in 1999. He studied double bass and music theory with Nikos Ioannou and continued his studies at ‘The Collective School of Music’ in New York with Sean Conly and Joe Fitzjerald. For twenty years, he has been a member of various musical ensembles (traditional, jazz, Latin etc.) as well as music and theater groups. Among others, he was a member of the musical ensemble of ancient instruments “Terandros”, of the original Cuban group “Havana Noche” and “Turnaround Jazz Quartet”, while in recent years he is the artistic director of ” Makam Ensemble “.