GREG Hadjiyorki Georgiades, extraordinary multi-instrumentalist, playing the North African lute (oud), guitar and bouzouki will be performing at Open Strings at the Villa Brae’s in on Saturday 12 December at 5pm.
Over the years, Georgiades has collaborated, performed and recorded with significant artists in the South African music scene, including Jeff Maluleke (on Maluleke’s award-winning album Juliana), London-based percussionist Julian Bahula, producer and keyboardist Thapelo Khomo and singer-songwriter Simphiwe Dana (on her album Zandisile).
He is also known and recognised for his work with the Mutant Harmony Trio (with Marc Duby on bass and Wynand van der Walt on drums) the Jazz Hounds Afro-jazz project, the Avaaz Eastern and North African world music group (with Ashish Joshi on tabla and Priyesh Bhana on bansuri), and the Aquarian Quartet (with Steve Newman, the late Syd Kitchen and Tony Cox).
He has collaborated, performed and recorded with South African Music Award-winning metal rap group Not My Dog on their album Braaivibes.
Georgiades has been working with Ashish for eight years, starting with Avaaz for two years and then going on to found the boundary-breaking Strings and Skins duo releasing an album of the same name.
On an international note, Georgiades has collaborated and performed with French trumpeter Eric Truffaz, Bob Brosman (U.S.), René Lacaille (Mauritius) and Mukta (France-India), featuring Bridgette Menon on sitar.
Georgiades has played across southern Africa at art and music festivals such as the national arts festivals of Potchefstroom, Oudtshoorn and Grahamstown, as well as music festivals like Oppikoppi, Southern Cross, Splashy Fen, Rustlers Valley, Arts Alive Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and the Awesome Africa Festival in Shongweni.
Georgiades and Ashish have travelled to present music workshops on African music improvisation at the College of the Arts in Namibia and in KwaZulu-Natal.
He has completed a DVD with ethno-guitarist Madala Kunene, Ashish Joshi (tabla) and Ernest Mothle (acoustic bass) and is also busy with the Vivd Afrika project with McCoy Mrubata, which they toured in 2006 throughout South Africa and a performance at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on 30 March, 2007.
In addition, a new Strings and Skins album has been mastered by Chris Lewis.
For more information, contact Rod Nichols on 082 653 3948. - Supplied.