MICHAEL MESSIOS (professional musician, composer, arranger, educator)    MESSIOS attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston MA with a scholarship. He studied music composition, and jazz performance.    His return in Cyprus found him busy in the music industry as a member in various ensembles. The Petsteppers, Charis Ioannou Trio, Cyprus big band, Tassos Stylianou Trio, where he performs and composes.    He has participated in major Jazz Festivals like the Krakow Jazz Festival in Bologna, the Kuwait Jazz Festival, Mitrovica Jazz Festival in Serbia, the Crete Jazz Festival and played in prestigious jazz clubs like the VORTEX in London. In 2013 he created his own band with the name “Michael Messios Symmetry Band” which performs his compositions only. His music is influenced by Contemporary and traditional Jazz and distinguished for its strong melody , harmony, complicated rhythms and motives.    MESSIOS is an endorsing artist of the ‘‘ASHDOWN AMPS''.

MICHAEL MESSIOS (professional musician, composer, arranger, educator)

MESSIOS attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston MA with a scholarship. He studied music composition, and jazz performance.

His return in Cyprus found him busy in the music industry as a member in various ensembles. The Petsteppers, Charis Ioannou Trio, Cyprus big band, Tassos Stylianou Trio, where he performs and composes.

He has participated in major Jazz Festivals like the Krakow Jazz Festival in Bologna, the Kuwait Jazz Festival, Mitrovica Jazz Festival in Serbia, the Crete Jazz Festival and played in prestigious jazz clubs like the VORTEX in London. In 2013 he created his own band with the name “Michael Messios Symmetry Band” which performs his compositions only. His music is influenced by Contemporary and traditional Jazz and distinguished for its strong melody , harmony, complicated rhythms and motives.

MESSIOS is an endorsing artist of the ‘‘ASHDOWN AMPS''.

APOSTOLOS SIDERIS (professional musician, composer, educator)    Apostolos Sideris was born in Athens, Greece, where he had his first musical training, playing the classical flute. By the time he was 15 he had switched to the electric bass. It didn't take long for him to fall in love with the instrument ,and he was soon playing with various rock bands around Athens.    By the time he was 17, his focus was directed towards Jazz music and attended the Berklee College of Music. During his time at Berklee, he picked up the upright bass and since then it has been his main instrument. Following his stint in Boston, Apostolos moved to New York and earned his Master's degree in Performance, while being instructed by bass virtuoso, John Patitucci. Since then he has been freelancing around the States as well as abroad.    He has performed with a wide array of musicians ranging from jazz masters such as drummer Clarence Penn, guitarists Lionel Loueke and Rez Abbasi and pianist Leo Genovese, to world music sensations such as composer and oudist Ara Dinkjian, Greek ECM recording artist Savina Yannatou, Syrian vocal master Youssef Khasab and Lebanese composer Ziad Rahbani.    Sideris is also a devoted composer, writing in many different styles, ranging from Jazz to Middle Eastern and Latin influenced music. He currently resides in Istanbul Turkey and co-founded an Ethnic-Jazz group called MESEL. He is now preparing his own album called ‘South’ which will consist of his own compositions and improvisations, based on Greek and Middle Eastern themes .

APOSTOLOS SIDERIS (professional musician, composer, educator)

Apostolos Sideris was born in Athens, Greece, where he had his first musical training, playing the classical flute. By the time he was 15 he had switched to the electric bass. It didn't take long for him to fall in love with the instrument ,and he was soon playing with various rock bands around Athens.

By the time he was 17, his focus was directed towards Jazz music and attended the Berklee College of Music. During his time at Berklee, he picked up the upright bass and since then it has been his main instrument. Following his stint in Boston, Apostolos moved to New York and earned his Master's degree in Performance, while being instructed by bass virtuoso, John Patitucci. Since then he has been freelancing around the States as well as abroad.

He has performed with a wide array of musicians ranging from jazz masters such as drummer Clarence Penn, guitarists Lionel Loueke and Rez Abbasi and pianist Leo Genovese, to world music sensations such as composer and oudist Ara Dinkjian, Greek ECM recording artist Savina Yannatou, Syrian vocal master Youssef Khasab and Lebanese composer Ziad Rahbani.

Sideris is also a devoted composer, writing in many different styles, ranging from Jazz to Middle Eastern and Latin influenced music. He currently resides in Istanbul Turkey and co-founded an Ethnic-Jazz group called MESEL. He is now preparing his own album called ‘South’ which will consist of his own compositions and improvisations, based on Greek and Middle Eastern themes .

GREG MAKAMIAN (professional musician, educator)    (For more info click on the photo to visit his official web page)    Greg has performed next to Jazz master Freddie Redd at Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), and with musicians such as Chris Byars, Vahag Hayrapetyan, Pete & Will Anderson, Pasquale Grasso. He has performed in USA, Canada, Germany, Armenia at various clubs and festivals (Smalls Jazz Club, Fat Cat, Technopolis Jazz Festival, Cafesjian Arts Centre, Dusseldorf Jazz Rally etc). He has studied at UNIC under Charis Ioannou. Greg performs with various bands, most importantly with Mood Indigo, the Ioannou Vafeas Quartet, the Charis Ioannou trio and lastly with his own quartet the Greg Makamian quartet. Following the footsteps of his great mentor Ari Roland, he continues the tradition of the arco bass in Jazz. Greg is one of the busiest bass players in Cyprus.    Over the years, he has attended the Chris Byars & Ari Roland Jazz seminars, the Barry Harris Jazz workshops, and has attended various Double Bass master classes.    Makamian created the Mood Indigo band along with the jazz singer Irene Day. The band is one of the most active bands in the island. In 2017 Mood Indigo represented Cyprus at the 26th Dusseldorf Jazz Rally with great success and very good reviews.

GREG MAKAMIAN (professional musician, educator)

(For more info click on the photo to visit his official web page)

Greg has performed next to Jazz master Freddie Redd at Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), and with musicians such as Chris Byars, Vahag Hayrapetyan, Pete & Will Anderson, Pasquale Grasso. He has performed in USA, Canada, Germany, Armenia at various clubs and festivals (Smalls Jazz Club, Fat Cat, Technopolis Jazz Festival, Cafesjian Arts Centre, Dusseldorf Jazz Rally etc). He has studied at UNIC under Charis Ioannou. Greg performs with various bands, most importantly with Mood Indigo, the Ioannou Vafeas Quartet, the Charis Ioannou trio and lastly with his own quartet the Greg Makamian quartet. Following the footsteps of his great mentor Ari Roland, he continues the tradition of the arco bass in Jazz. Greg is one of the busiest bass players in Cyprus.

Over the years, he has attended the Chris Byars & Ari Roland Jazz seminars, the Barry Harris Jazz workshops, and has attended various Double Bass master classes.

Makamian created the Mood Indigo band along with the jazz singer Irene Day. The band is one of the most active bands in the island. In 2017 Mood Indigo represented Cyprus at the 26th Dusseldorf Jazz Rally with great success and very good reviews.