Dimitris Angelakis jazz vibraphone
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Dimitris Angelakis jazz vibraphone

Athens, Attica, Greece | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Athens, Attica, Greece
Established on Jan, 2015
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The best kept secret in music


"Vibraphonist Dimitris Angelakis Plays The Music Of Roy Ayers, Miles Davis & Cal Tjader"

"It's hard to go wrong with the sound of a vibraphone in the hands of a talented musician. Dimitris Angelakis brings good vibes in applying an entertaining touch with a laid-back and straight-forward Jazz sound. This Greek musician shows his appreciation for American Jazz legends in playing classics by Roy Ayers, Miles Davis & Cal Tjader". - JR

"School Of Music Graduate Ensemble: Like No One Else"

The University of the Arts in Philadelphia (UARTS) has one of the premier jazz education programs in the USA. This excellence is apparent in the exceptional careers of some of their alumni, such as bassist Stanley Clarke and trombonist Robin Eubanks. It is also documented well in the many recordings that the university's various ensembles release. Under the attentive guidance of the head of graduate jazz studies, pianist Don Glanden and through his tireless mentorship the students have many superb albums to their credit. School of Music Graduate Ensemble's Like No One Else is another intriguing Glanden production.

The pianoless quintet interprets all original compositions that have a modal flavor. Vibraphonist Dimitris Angelakis opens his own title track with ringing and resonant unaccompanied beats. Thus he sets the darkly romantic mood. Languid horns and loose, sashaying rhythm section enter adding depth and breadth to the melody. Angelakis takes center stage with a mordant and poetic improvisation that becomes a shimmering and heady ballad. Saxophonist Tal Shtuhl follows, with his tender and muscular tenor, weaving a fervent and imaginative soliloquy. Angelakis introduces understated Latin hints to the energetic conclusion as trumpeter Daniel Nissenbaum blows warm phrases in a clear and burnished tone.

Nissenbaum's composition "Quai Du Seine" explores popular French motifs. Drummer Conner Saltzer engages in a lithe and elegant dance that the frontline punctuates with brief up-tempo vamps. After Nissenbaum and Shtuhl state the melody, the former takes a lyrical and passionate solo that swings like mad as the band percolates in the backdrop. Around this loose hard-boppish core Shtuhl's charming saxophone flows gracefully and with a poetic sense.

One of Shtuhl's own contributions, "A Thousand Years Apart," is intimate and introspective and features languid ensemble refrains. Shtuhl embellishes the tune with eloquence and yearning. His inventive duet with Nissenbaum adds to the dramatic ambience as does the latter's fiery, clever extemporization.

The centerpiece of this alluring album is its closer the exquisite "The Sketch." Penned by Glanden, it functions as a grand finale both in its scope as well as length. Shtuhl and Nissenbaum overlap undulating lines to form a pliable sonic web around the Angelakis' cascading strikes, Saltzer's rumbling kit and bassist Ryan Kuhns' reverberating strings. The individual musicians launch into a stimulating and free flowing conversation that transforms into five, stream of consciousness, monologues. A very cinematic exchange of ideas ensues with an ardent and gripping harmonic structure that falls between the mainstream and the progressively adventurous.

The combination of such raw talent with the first-rate nurturing institutions like UARTS provide, assures that the future of jazz is secure and bright. A listen to this captivating disc is enough to convince anyone of this fact. - HRAYR ATTARIAN


elected Discography: 

Yiorgos Fakanas group feat. Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez.            

USA, Bulgaria, Greece. TBA                                2021   

Israel Arranz, Duets, Spain. TBA    2020

Sakis Zachariades (Navigator) - Sakis Zachariades, Greece - Vietnam..    2019

Idra Kayne (Demons) - Minos EMI music, Greece.    2017

Giannis Papatriantafylou (Absence) - Spider Music Records, Greece.    2016

Marossa Jazz project (Lebrame) - Free code jazz records, Spain.    2016

Dimitris Kalatzis (Last night) -  Cobalt Music records, Greece.    2016

University of the Arts ensemble - Uarts music record, Philadelphia USA.    2015

Hardgroove quartet - We Funk records, Greece.    2013

Smokey Bandits, (Debute) - Click Records, Greece.    2010

Q orchestra, (Journey through sounds) - Freestyle Records, UK.    2010



Jazz vibraphonist, Dimitris Angelakis, was born in Thessaloniki (Greece). After graduating from Aristotle University (Bachelor of Music) and Modern Conservatory of Thessaloniki (classical percussion, harmony, counterpoint, fugue), he moved to America (Philadelphia) to study jazz vibraphone at a Master's level, with Tony Miceli and Don Glanden, having won the “Fulbright” and Presidential scholarship (University of the Arts, January 2015). He had also studied privately with Christos Rafalides, Kenny Werner and Ed Saindon.
    Mr. Angelakis has performed in several clubs, events and festivals in USA (Philadelphia, Delaware), in China (Shenzhen, Guangzhou) and in Europe (Spain, Holland, England, Ukraine, Germany, Greece, Cyprus and Belgium). Some of the artists he has performed/recorded are Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez” (Georgia Fakans group), Giannis Pavlidis (Dave Liebman), Paris Strother (Prince), George Kontrafouris (Ionian University), among others. He has also shared the stage with Mulate Astake, Jason Brown, Eve Cornelious and Qui Quie Alvarado (Paquito D'Rivera). Besides that, Dimitris has recorded several albums in Greece (Giannis Papatriantafyllou “Absence”, Dimitris Kalatzis, Hardgroove quartet, ), in Europe (Marossa jazz project, Spain) and USA (University of the Arts ensemble “Like no one else”, New Jersey) and in Asia (Sakis Zachariades group). His teaching experience includes collaborations with universities from USA (Philadelphia) and Europe (Greece-Ionian, Aristotle University, Ukraine-National Music Academy) but also with music conservatories and educational programs from EU. He is also an active clinician giving workshops and clinics across Europe (Spain, Holland, Ukraine, Germany) since 2010.

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