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Jazz Festival Spotlight - Romero, Ioannou

In the run-up to the Limassol Jazz Festival starting on November 15th, we profile one of the international jazz stars and one of the local jazz stars set to take the stage.

 The jazz festival runs until November 21st with a Master Class, theatre performances and jam sessions.

Guitarist Hernan Romero - Friday November 19th at the Rialto Theatre

hernan romeroGuitarist Hernan Romero's work is spiced with the exotic traditions of flamenco-gypsy, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean folk music.

Interwoven with textures of classical, jazz, and Latin rhythms, composer and guitarist Hernan Romero's music is both sophisticated and accessible. It is sensuous, passionate, romantic and inescapably infectious. 

Inspired by the music of his family from his earliest memory, Romero became part of their performing ensemble by the age of four. Romero's mother, popular international singer Estela Raval, contributed to this by surrounding young Romero with the best of musical environments.

Romero became strongly influenced by the Flamenco style when his family moved to Cadiz in Andalusia, Spain; receiving classical guitar training from Roberto Lara, one of Andres Segovia's disciples.

"It's powerful, flamenco is very strong, and has its influence from the Middle East," says Romero. "The other side is the romantic aspect of Latin music, so it's absolutely the best of both worlds."

In 1986 Romero moved to New York. While teaching classical guitar in the music program at Five Towns College in Long Island, Romero continued his education, receiving a Masters in Composition and Orchestration from the Manhattan School of Music.

Playing in jazz clubs around town, Romero was soon working with some of world's finest guitarists, including Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin.

Now his latest CD 3 Caras de una Moneda is a must have!!! The production features Grammy awarded Estela Raval (hernan's mother),AL DI MEOLA on the composition GUITANGO,JERRY MAROTTA from Peter Gabriel's band and many more.

Saxophonist Charis Ioannou - Wednesday 17th November at Theatro Ena (10pm)

charis ioannouSaxophonist Charis Ioannou is an inspired Cypriot performer who brings intense energy and virtuosity to all his live performances

The Charis Ioannou Group that includes Michael Messios on bass and Ioannis Vafeas on drums, has been playing together for about 5 years now and have already made numerous appearances at clubs and festivals around Cyprus, England, Poland, Kuwait, Greece and Serbia.

This time, joining them on piano will be Vahagn Hayrapetyan. Vahagn was born in 1968 to a musical family and showed his tremendous talent for music from a really young age. He composed a children's opera when he was 7 years old and later on, when he was 9 he started his jazz career when he performed with the legendary Polish saxophonist Janush Muniak. From there on he has appeared all over the world playing jazz music with some of the world's greatest musicians.

The music that will be performed at the festival can be characterized as Authentic Classic Jazz that is deeply rooted in the American tradition of the 1940s and 1950s. Don't miss the rare appearance of this band as the experience of the music that is to be performed is guaranteeing to mesmerize the audience!

Line Up:
Charis Ioannou - Alto Sax
Vahagn Hayrapetyan - Piano
Michael Messios - Bass
Ioannis Vafeas - Drums

The Limassol Jazz Festival 2010 Program

Monday 15th November

Limassol Jazz Festival Press Presentation & Inauguration
jazzyB 20:00 – 21:00
Press & Invitations only

HERNAN ROMERO presentation
jazzyB, 21:00 – 21:30
Free Entrance

jazzyB, 22:00 – 12:00
Free Entrance

Tuesday 16th November

Master Class with guitar virtuoso Hernan Romero
The JazzHouse, 18:00 – 19:00
For booking and prices please call: + 357 25 661466 or contact

Jazz Mingle Party!
The JazzHouse, 20:30 – Till Late
By Invitation Only

Wednesday 17th November

THE FIDDLER – Short Film by Stelana Kliris
Theatro Ena, 21:00 – 21:30

The CHARIS IOANNOU TRIO featuring Vahagn Hayrapetyan
Theatro Ena, 22:00 – 23:30
Entrance Fee: €15, €12, €10

Thursday 18th November

THE FIDDLER – Short Film by Stelana Kliris
Theatro Ena, 21:00 – 21:30

REUNION BAND featuring Thierry Castel
Theatro Ena, 22:00 – 23:30
Entrance Fee: €15, €12, €10

Friday 19th November

Rialto Theatre, 20:30
Entrance Fee: €25 & €20

Saturday 20th November

Afternoon Jazz with SARAH FENWICK
Londa Hotel, 16:00 – 18:00
Free Entrance

Rialto Theatre, 20:30
Entrance Fee: €25 & €20

The jazzyB House Band Jamming Session
jazzyB, 22:00 – 12:00
Entrance Fee: €15, €12, €10

Sunday 21st November

Londa, 13:00 – 16:00
Brunch: €35
For reservations please call: + 357 25 865540

Buy your Festival Tickets Now!

Rialto Theatre Ticket Prices: €25 (Normal)
Discounts: €20 (Eligible are Rialto Supporter Card holders, all three concert ticket buyers, Children below the age of 12)

Online Tickets
Rialto Theatre Box Office: 77777745
JazzyB & Theatro Ena Ticket Prices: €15 (Normal)
Discounted packages: €12 per ticket (by purchasing 2 concerts), €10 per ticket (by purchasing all 3 concerts)

Master Class:
Information & Booking: 25661466

Londa Hotel Event Reservations: 25865540

For more information and Festival updates please call: +357 25 661466

Online Tickets


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