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7. My Unique Jazz Festival 2020
Greece: Evi Filippou & Katerina Fotinaki feat. Viktor Wolf
Griechische Kulturstiftung Berlin
Crossover and World Jazz
Katerina Fotinaki – voice, guitar, percussion
Evi Filippou – vibes, percussion, voice
Viktor Wolf – saxophones
Katerina and Evi met in 2014 at the “Music Village” seminars in Greece, both following their obsession for the language of the rhythm and the rhythm of the language. The connection was instant and since then, they have worked together as a duet but also with larger groups in various festivals all around Europe.
“ff” for Fotinaki – Filippou but also for Fortissimo (musical term for “very loud”, powerful).
In an endless and persistent research on rhythm, its precision and its liberty, ff duet proposes a powerful, virtuose and unpredictable programme. As „ff“ stands also for Femme – Femme (woman), the two greek ladies, arrange songs of women or inspired by them as well as compose on texts written by women. A playful journey through styles, eras and languages, where Guillame de Machaut meets Janis Joplin, Barbara argues with Peggy Lee and Sappho enchants George Aperghis.
The „ff“ project was premiered in Sorbonne University France, in March 2018 for the International Women’s day.
Katerina Fotinaki – voice, guitar, percussion, arrangements
Born in Athens, Katerina Fotinaki studies Classical Literature at the University of Athens and Vocal Technique at the Institute of Vocal Arts, under the Baryton Spyros Sakkas. She undertakes the artistic direction of many projects in Greece, most of them for children and receives many prizes in Composition Contests.
She leaves her country in 2006 and moves to Paris, invited by the composer Angelique Ionatos and creates 3 different shows with her as well as a CD/DVD of their duet, all programs played in big theaters in Paris (Théâtre de la Ville, La Cigale, Café de la Danse, Cabaret Sauvage) and during a big european tour (including two Festival d’Avignon concert series – 2011 and 2013 – Théâtre Petiti Louvre)
For two years she is a resident of “Cité des Arts”.
In 2011 she wins the 1st prize for the National Songwriting Contest in Athens, and begins her solo discographic career with the disc TZITZIKIA (Accords Croisés / Harmonia Mundi) that is being received with enthusiasm by the french press (fff of Télérama Music Magazine, and chosen by LeMonde as the 4th best disc of the year 2014) She performs this program in prestigious theaters in Paris (Châtelet, Alhambra, Européen) and goes on a big tour on trio or quartet in France and abroad (Morocco, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Greece) with this repertory along with other collaborations and performances.
Evi Filippou – vibraphone, percussion, voice, arrangements
Evi Filippou, started taking percussion lessons at the age of 7. With a scholarship from Livanou family and the Friends of Music Society, she graduated the Conservatory of Volos with a “Excellent and first prize” and moved to Berlin to study at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler which she graduated with honours January 2019.
In addition to performing with various orchestras and contemporary music ensembles all around Europe (a.o. the Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra, the Orchestra of Konzerthaus Berlin), Evi performs solo improvising and classical music, works with theatre groups and cooperates with jazz musicians Hayden Chisholm (blowslap duo), bass player Chris Dahlgren (DAHLGREN, the band) and pianist Stefan Schultze (Stefan Schultze Large ensemble).
Evi is also a founding member of the Opera Lab Berlin, an independent ensemble that specializes in contemporary music theatre and performs regularly.
She is based in Berlin, works in different musical and theatrical projects and teaches percussion as an instructor of Vincentino e.V.
Viktor Wolf – saxophones
Ich wurde 1986 in Freiburg i. Brsg. geboren, bin ein professioneller Musiker und lebe in Berlin. In meinem Herzen bin ich Tenorsaxophonist, doch inzwischen spiele ich viele verschiedenen Holzblasinstrumente: Sopran-, Alt-, Tenor-, Bariton-, Basssaxophon, Klarinette, Bassklarinette, Kontrabassklarinette, Flöte und Piccolo. Als Mitglied zahlreicher Bands und Theaterproduktionen, trete ich weltweit auf, bin auf CDs, Rundfunk und Fernsehmitschnitten zu hören und schreibe die Musik für mein eigenes Ensemble PanoramaPeng.
Während des Studiums an der Hochschule für Musik Mannheim und dem Jazz-Institut Berlin (UdK + HfM Hanns Eisler) erhielt ich unter anderem Unterricht bei Claudio Puntin, Greg Cohen, Peter Weniger, Kurt Rosenwinkel und John Hollenbeck. Für mein Abschlusskonzert komponierte ich eine Suite für ein Trio aus Violine, Tuba und Saxophon.