George Avramidis – Doorways
George Avramidis – Shadow Man
George Avramidis – The Corruptor
George Avramidis was born in Thessaloniki Greece and grew up in the city of Giannitsa. In 1998 he became a member of the national orchestra of northern TV organisation whilst cooperating in the national opera orchestra and the municipal orchestra of Thessaloniki. In 2004 he recorded for the artist Yiannis Aggelakas and his acclaimed album named “Episkeptes”.
Later he collaborated with Dimitris Baslam in his musical fairytails which were narrated by Antonis Kafetzopoulos a famous Greek actor. From 2010 onwards G.A. remains a member of “EKMEK” a Greek folk musical group. Furthermore, he has recorded as a recording session musician in numerous albums until 2013, when his first personal album under the title “Protocol” was released followed by a second album “Voyager” in 2016. Both of which were recognised and appraised on various international radio stations such as BBC 6 Radio UK. In the autumn of 2018 he released his third album “Invented Memories”. From 2015 and until this very day, G.A. remains a member of “100°C” Yiannis Aggelaka’s band and is touring all throughout Greece and Europe.
Δισκογραφία / Discography:
- George Avramidis – Protocol / 2013 / Album.
“This is the first solo album of trumpet player George Avramidis. A blend of new jazz sounds, influenced at times by trumpet player Erik Truffaz and his quartet, and at the same time by more african oriented artists like Richard Bona. The brass behavior travels from a late 60’s soul contour, to the uniqueness of Charles Mingus brass lines. Seven compositions, born and raised inside the trumpet player’s body and brain. A close encounter between the artist and his sound, a relationship willing to lose all privacy and be shared at all times. It is a one way path anyway. Once you blow, breathe, clap your hands or hit your foot on the ground, the sound doesn’t belong to you anymore…”
- George Avramidis – Voyager / 2015 / Album.
Jazz trumpet player George Avramidis has released his second CD ‘Voyager’, a long, smooth trip across undulating waves of rhythm overlaid by his soulful performances. Listening to the album gives you a mesmerizing sence of traveling through beautiful musical landscapes.
During the voyage, the listener comes across different ethnic music traditions, a surprise woodwind solo reminiscent of a Byzantine bazaar or Egyptian night; a bright clean clear xylophone-sounding keyboard solo, and always the harmony between trumpet and saxophone pulling you along the journey. Dedicated to the memory of George Avramidis’ beloved father, there is also the element of the personal journey involved in the new album.
“Shoulders for Pillows” is the introductory and first track, a sophisticated and well-composed piece written by George Avramidis and Tasos Korkovelos.
The track “Corruptor” is a change of pace after ‘Shoulders for Pillows’, uptempo, with darker undertones, a tight bass line driving a sense of urgency, and striking drums emphasising the funkier side of Avramides’ compositions.
‘Fire Into Stone’ is an instant jazz classic with warm relations to soul, the melody is beautifully and touchingly performed by Alexandra Sieti and lyrics written by Labrini Grigoriadou. The title track ‘Voyager’ is a chilled-out tune with an uplifting feel that makes you feel like you’re watching the sea dance as you surf over the tide in a boat travelling to Utopia.
- George Avramidis – Invented Memories / 2018 / Album.
On november 1st 2018, the latest album “Invented Memories” was released in digital and physical form by stereomind music.
The album incudes 7 original tracks composed by G.A which were recorded from May till September.
It incorporates various musical genres from the world of jazz, country and folk music and is also influenced from Irish and Scottish heritage.
The first single of the album called “Doorways” was released in mid September 2018 along with a video clip.