Nikos Fotakis

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king. Also a father, a husband, a writer, an editor, a coffee addict, a type 1 diabetic and an expat. Born and raised in Athens. Based in Melbourne. Jazz is my country.

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king. Also a father, a husband, a writer, an editor, a coffee addict, a type 1 diabetic and an expat. Born and raised in Athens. Based in Melbourne. Jazz is my country.

Frances Madden: “I am very grateful for every day”

“There are times when the magic flows, when the musos are all in the right place together and when you get that wonderful ‘virtuous cycle’ going with the crowd, who are loving being there, loving what you are doing and that just takes you to another level. It doesn’t always happen like that, but when it does, you feel like you are absolutely doing what you were born to do.”

Mike Nock – Serious Fun Making History

Mike Nock explains that “We’re learning the original arrangements as a starting point to play the music from our current perspective. This is turning out to be a bigger challenge than I originally thought, but I’m finding it an incredibly interesting process and a huge journey of self-discovery, as the music contains most of the concepts I’ve spent my lifetime exploring ever since. It may be true one can never go home again – but maybe that’s because we really never leave it!”

SMADJ BRINGS MIDDLE EASTERN JAZZ FROM PARIS TO MELBOURNE

Tunisian born French oud player and producer SMADJ brings you an extraordinary fusion of middle eastern music via Paris. [From the Press Release] Jean-Pierre Smadja, aka SMADJ, has  a passion for two things; music and technology. Raised by Tunisian parents in the suburbs of Paris, SMADJ professed an early obsession with jazz and Arabic music …

Emerging Jazz Festival 2016 is on

The jazz community is an ecosystem of musical, academic and industry people with the common goal of promoting and developing jazz across Australia. The Emerging Jazz Festival program includes workshops and masterclasses, performances and jams, panel discussions and research presentations, in a hope to bring a sense of discovery to audiences, support to musicians, and a little enlightenment to the sector.