Bio

With his remarkable musicality which is expressed whenever he composes or improvises, pianist Spyros Manesis is already a dominant figure in the Greek, and an active member of the European jazz scene.

 

His studies include degrees on classical and jazz piano at Athenaeum Conservatory (Athens, Greece, with M. Aivazova, G. Kontrafouris, S. Syrros) and Bachelor and a Master's degree on jazz piano from prestigious Conservatory of Amsterdam (K. Boehlee, H. Vroomans, K. Goessens, R. v. Bavel and H. Fraanje).

 

On 2008 he made his first album as a co-leader with project TRIOISM (ANKh JAZZ). On 2011 he released “Undelivered” (JACC Records) with almost exclusively original compositions and arrangements for piano trio with Joao Hasselberg on double bass and Kaspars Kurdeko on drums. He has recorded his own arrangements for solo piano of songs of Lena Platonos’s which was his subject on his master research and was presented with huge success on 2012 at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation. He has been a member of Chronos Project along with Dimitra Galani, Christos Rafalides, Thomas Konstantinou and Petros Klampanis. On 2016 he released “First Takes” (Unit Records), a duo album with original compositions by him and saxophonist Christine Corvisier. On 2017 he released "Spiral Trio" (with Arionas Gyftakis and Anastasis Gouliaris) and on 2018 he released "Well excuse me" with his project TFATFY (Minas Liakos, Stelios Provis and Serafeim Gianakopoulos)

 

Among his collaborations are very important names of the greek and international music scene, such as Dean Bowman, Olivier Gatto, Laurent Maur, Gilad Hekselman, JD Walter, Marc Abrams, Bodek Janke, Max Pollak, Heather Cornell, Jaques Morelenbaum, Paula Morelenbaum, Joao Firmino, Joana Espadinha, Pablo Reyes, Christine Corvisier, Dimitra Galani, Savina Yannatou, Christos Rafalides, Dimos Dimitriadis, Petros Klampanis, Yiannis Papanastasiou, Andreas Polyzogopoulos Arionas Gyftakis, Anastasis Gouliaris and many more, and has performed in many countries including Cyprus, Greece, Holland, France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Latvia, Lithuania, United States, Colombia and China.  He has also collaborated with Orquestra do Norte, Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Municipal Symphony Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki.

 

On 2015 he was awarded with the 1st prize in the 1st Greek jazz competition for jazz ensembles, “Apollon”, with his project Spiral Trio (Spyros Manesis, Arionas Gyftakis, Anastasis Gouliaris)

 

Spyros Manesis teaches regularly jazz piano at Athenaeum and Musical Praxis Conservatories, has served as guest teacher at Ionian University (2010-11) and has organized a four-day jazz piano workshop commisioned by Greek National Opera (2018).

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