Alex Dante (guitar), Kostis Christodoulou (piano), Dimitris Klonis (drums) and Michalis Katachanas (viola) will freely improvise on KET’s stage on Thursday, October 24th. The title of the concert is inspired by a short story by Lafcadio Hearn. Samebito was a half-human half shark creature who lived in the sea palaces and worked as a guard for the King. But it made a mistake and was exiled to earth. People soon captured and imprisoned the strange creature, and from its grief it began to cry. But its tears became diamonds when they dried.
Alex Dante was born and raised in Heraklion, Crete. He studied at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Natural Sciences at NTUA and at the Conservatory of Music Act. He graduated from West London University (London College of Music) with a Licentiate of Teacher’s Diploma. He has collaborated and co-existed with many greek artists but also with important foreign musicians such as: Bill Frisell, Kenny Wollessen, Alan Zavod (Frank Zappa), Monophonics, Soul Jazz Orchestra, Dionyssis Savvopoulos, Panos Katsimihas, Sotiris Leonaris, Sotiris Leonaris Zournis, Symphony Orchestra of Crete (conductor Nikos Platyrachos), Penny and the Swingin ‘Cats, George Zervos et al.
Kostis Christodoulou was born in Athens in 1983 and grew up in Sparta where he began to practice music by learning rebetika songs, playing classical piano and participating in local rock bands. In 2001, in Athens, he came into contact with jazz music, when he began jazz piano lessons with Stavros Lantzias. From 2002 to 2006 he lived in Corfu, where as a student of the Department of Music Studies of the Ionian University, he attended classes with Giorgos Contrafouris, Dimitris Kalantzis and Dimos Dimitriadis. He continued his studies in Helsinki, Finland, in the Jazz Department of the Sibelius Academy (2007-2008). He has been living and working in Athens since September 2008.
Dimitris Klonis was born in 1984 in Athens. At the age of 14, he begins his studies on drums near Petros Dachtilidis and later on with John Floros, where he is taught the famous ‘drumming’ technique initiated by the great Alan Dawson. In 2010 and after graduating from the National Technical University of Athens (School of Electrical and Computer Engineering), he simultaneously entered two music schools in the Netherlands: Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Rotterdam Jazz Academy (Codarts). He studies for a very short time in the first one, where he attends classes with Lucas Van Merwijk, Maurcel Serierse and Victor Oskam. He has attended a harmony jazz course with Professor Gregory Batsis as well as seminars and private lessons with Kendrick Scott, Adam Nussbaum, Jojo Mayer and Akira Jimbo. He holds a degree in Harmony (2009) and a Degree in Counterpoint (2012) with Professor Orestis Chatzinakis. He has collaborated with major names in the local and foreign jazz scene such as: Takis Paterelis, Giorgos Contrafouris, Yiotis Samaras, Dimitris Tsakas, Pantelis Benetatos, Dimitris Kalantzis, Kostas Konstantinou, Konstantinou Toumis, Femi Temowo (Roots, Amy Winehouse), Michael Weisberger (Milo Z), Yoel Soto, Enrique Pascual, Adedeji Adetayo, Aline de Lima. He has also collaborated with Fivos Delivorias, Martha Frintzila, Doros Dimosthenous and Petros Theokatos. Currently he lives in Athens where he works as a full-time musician playing a variety of music styles, recording and teaching.
Michalis Katachanas was born in Piraeus. He started classical violin lessons at the age of 8 with Kostas Kavakos. In 1990 he was admitted to the Experimental Music High School of Pallini and in 1999 to the Department of Music Studies of the Ionian University from where he graduated in 2006, under the supervision of Dimos Dimitriadis. In 2008, he was accepted to graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music’s Modern Improvisation Department in Boston, USA, with a scholarship by Fulbright Foundation. He studied with important teachers such as Charlie Banakos and Ran Blake. In early 2012, he formed the Michalis Katachanas Quartet and performed concerts in many music scenes and made recordings for radio and television. As a Jazz violinist and composer he has collaborated with many known greek composers (Nikos Xydakis, Mimis Plessas, Katerina Fotinakis, etc.) and foreign musicians (Jackie Leven, Antony Coleman, Joe Tornabene, etc.). He composes and plays music for theatrical performances (Ornithes, Polemos Topion, Ena Karfi ston Toiho, Trisevyeni). He has two personal records (Murderess and To Trito Hreos) and numerous recordings in Greece and abroad. Since 2014 she has been teaching at the Jazz Department of the Athens Conservatory.
Photo by Rallou Avramidou.