Alex Drakos trio

CIRCLE

by Alex Drakos Trio

Circle is the title of a musical performance in which there is a dialogue between image and sound. Music is combined with video projection and specially designed lights and they all compose a story of the internal search of us humans.

If we were to draw this story, we would make a circle on a piece of paper: a circle of feelings and of stages of emotional and spiritual conditions. Every single musical piece- along with its video story that we are to watch – is a part of this circle. And all the pieces together create the circle.

The music

Jazz is the starting point of the music of Alex Drakos Trio. Its music also “borrows” from various musical idioms, such as Rock and Pop, as well as electro and even traditional Greek music, and is combined with pre-recorded narratives and poetry.
All these combinations along with improvisation result in a story with various “chapters” being autonomous and inter-connected at the same time.

The debut album of Alex Drakos Trio entitled “Tora” was released by PuzzleMusic in December 2015.

Alex Drakos Trio Members

Alex Drakos Ktistakis​​

(Band header, Drums)

Alex Drakos Ktistakis has a Master’s Degree in Music Performance of the Ionian University of Greece
He studied modern music in Athens specializing in drums in jazz performance. He has attended the international jazz schools’ conference IASJ in Berklee College of Music and has taken classes with Ron Savage…. As a drummer, he was worked in jazz, latin-jazz, funk and fusion jazz projects with Anthony Jackson, Eric Marienthal, Bireli Lagrene, Tony Lakatos, Bob Francheschini, Brett Garsed, Dulce Pontes, Mark Murphy, Frank Gambale, Mitchel Forman, Alex Foster, Dave Friedman, Bobby Few, Mike Miller and much more.

Giannis Papadopoulos

(Piano, Synths)

Yiannis Papadopoulos has graduated the Ionian University of Greece, specializing in jazz. As a scholar of the department took seminars with important jazz artists such as: Dave Liebman, Jonathan Kreisberg, Armen Donelian, Jari Perkiomaki, Jukkis Uotila, Sheila Jordan, Chico Freeman, Mark Murphy, Giorgos Kontrafoyri, Sami Amiri, Thomas Clausen, Gianni Lenoci. He has also performed in numerous concerts and jazz festivals, along with acclaimed Greek and international jazz artists, like Takis Paterelis, Giorgos Fakanas, Vasilis Rakopoulo, Alexandros Ktistaki, J.DWalter, Manfred Schoof, Jean-LoupLognon, Tivon Pennicott and more. He also founded the Next Step Quintet

Konstantinos Manos

Double-Bass

Manos Konstantinos began to play the cello at the age of nine. Then he dealt with the electric bass, with professors Kostas Domenikioti and Gioti Kiourtsoglou. He graduated from Ionian University of Greece specializing in jazz bass. From 2012 he lives and works in Athens as a professional musician, and collaborates with various and important Greek jazz musicians, as well as internationally famous artists such as: Ralph Peterson jr, David Kikoski, Tivon Penicott, Manfred Schoof J.D. Walter, Kevin Mahogany, Laurent Maur and Shachar Elnatan. In 2015 he took his distinguished degree in classic bass.