Kontrafouris George



Kontrafouris George





piano, hammond


As a leader:
Too Close (Legend) 1999
Don't be shy (Lyra) 2000
My only way (Europe records) 2001
Little Daddy's Blues (Chicken Coup Records) 2007
The Storyteller (Puzzlemusik) 2007
Haunted Poems (Puzzlemusik) 2017
The Passing (Puzzlemusik) 2020
Tribute to Bill Evans (Irida Jazz) 2021
London 3 (AVJ Productions) 2022
Deep South (Puzzlemusik) 2022
With Baby Trio:
New Snack [EP] (Puzzlemusik) 2008
The main course (Puzzlemusik) 2009
Urban Jazz (Puzzlemusik) 2012

As a co-leader:
Funky people (Europe records) 1991 - with Takis Paterelis
Page One: Page One (Utopia) 1994
East Vision: East Vision (Utopia) 1994
Page One: Beyond the Blue (FM Records) 1995
Exit: In Between times (Legend) 2000
The Sonny Clark Project (Ikaros music) 2002
A Week Ago Today (Prophone) 2011 - with Dayna Stephens, André Sumelius and Teemu Viinikainen
Ionian University Jazz Program – Jazz Now! (Jazz & Tzaz) 2011
Jiannis Pavlidis, Adam Nussbaum, George Kontrafouris: Migration (FMR records) 2013

As a sideman:
Takis Barberis: Something from July (Lyra) 1990
Coltrane Jazz-Funk-Latin Band (Europe records) 1990
Takis Barberis: Are you happy? (Lyra) 1992
Coltrane Big Band (Europe records) 1992
Giorgos Trantalidis: AM PM (Akti) 1992
Stratos Vougas: Breakin’ Loose (MBI) 1997
Vangelis Katsoulis: Through the Dark (Lyra) 1997
Makis Ablianitis: Flame Keeper (Thesis) 1997
Takis Barberis: Naiva (Lyra) 1998
Dimitri Vassilakis: Secret Path (Candid) 1998
Stratos Vougas: A tribute to Hank Mobley (Legend) 1999
Balkan Voices (FM Records) 1999
Έτσι + Αλλιώς: Έτσι... K' Αλλιώς (S7 records) 1999
Benny Golson: The Athens Sessions (Legend) 2000
Sofia Noiti: Agios Hronos (Legend) 2000
Magda Giannikou: Ουδέν Πρόβλημα (Legend Recordings) 2000
Exit: In Between Times (Legend records) 2000
George Polyhronakos: Blink (Legend) 2000
Dimitri Vassilakis: Labyrinth (Candid) 2001
Coltrane Big Band Liakis Costas (Europe) 2001
Mando & Coltrane Big Band "Liakis Costas" (Europe) 2001
Theologos Gryllis: Chabouna jazz (FM records) 2001
Lydia Fylipovic: Nekada (2002)
Ionian Jazz Ensemble (Jazz & Tzaz) 2003
Spyros Panagiotopoulos/Yannis Stavropoulos/Giorgos Trandlidis: Enthymion by Gabriel drums
Mandy Gaines & the Wade Mikkola Quintet: Taking a Chance (AMK) 2006
Timo Lassy: African Rumble (Ricky-Tick) 2006
Eero Koivistoinen Music Society: X-Ray (WolfGang Records) 2006
Dimos Dimitriadis: The Game (A&N) 2006
Manuel Dunkel: Darn That Dream (KSJAZZ) 2007
Dalindeo: Open Scenes (Ricky-Tick) 2007
Jarno Kukkonen: Present & Absent (Kuru Records) 2007
Timo Lassy: The soul & Jazz of (Ricky-Tick) 2007
Yiannis Kassetas: The truth about the Alien Invasion in Egypt (Puzzlemusik) 2007
Sofia Noiti: Mystic Blues (ANK) 2007
Contrasts: The Quintet (AMK) 2008
Magda Giannikou: The Orchestra (Legend recordings) 2008
Magda Giannikou: Amareur (Legend recordings) 2008
Manos Vafiadis: Tatiana (Legend recordings) 2008
Jarno Kukkonen: Open Case (Siba Records) 2009
Timo Lassy: Round Two (Ricky-Tick) 2009
Yiannis Kassetas: Funk Abyss (Puzzlemusik) 2009
Dalindeo: Soundtrack for the sound eye (Ricky-Tick) 2010
Yorgos Krommydas: Jazzium (Warner/Ege) 2010
Dimitri Vassilakis: Across the Universe (Zone7) 2010
Wade Mikkola: Impromptu Session (Chicken Coup records) 2011
Dimitri Vassilakis: Jazz for Bentley (Candid) 2011
Yiorgos Psihοyios: The Art Of Melancholy (Polytropon) 2011
George Trantalidis: Global Vision (Seven Islands Records) 2011
Stefanos Andreadis: Flying Jazz (FM records) 2013
Banda Magda: Amour, T'es La? (El Capitan) 2013
The Ghost Notes: Secrets Of A Memory (Hitchtone Music & Promotion) 2015
George Spanos: Blue Passion (Τεχνότροπον Artway) 2015
Fakanas Yiorgos: Acrobat (Ars Nova Athina Music) 2016
John Papatriantafilou: Absence (Αρτύς) 2016
Stefanos Andreadis: To eternity (Ankh productions) 2017
Dimitris Klonis: 101 (Balios LTD - Violins Productions) 2017
Billy Pod: Drums to heal society (Puzzlemusik) 2019
Stefanos Andreadis: Nostalgia (L39) 2020
Konstantinos Stouraitis: Mr. K (self-released) 2020
Iakovos Symeonidis: Safe place (QFTF) 2022
Dimitris Angelakis: Long way home (ΠΚmusic) 2022
George Trantalidis: Looking back (self-released) 2022
Apostolos Leventopoulos: After the spirit (BreezeHouse Music) 2022

Legend Crossover Jazz Στην Ελλάδα (Legend recordings) 2000
Stories (Jazz & Tzaz / Lyra) 2001
Euro Jazz 2002 (Jazz & Tzaz) 2002
All That Magic Vol. 5 - Jazzy (Lyra) 2004
Puzzlemusik & Run Devil Run Present (Pop +Rock, Puzzlemusik) 2007
First Steps: 2 Years Of Puzzlemusik (Puzzlemusic) 2008

Euro Jazz 2008 (Jazz & Tzaz) 2008
Έλληνες Jazzistes (El Capitan / Ο Κόσμος του Επενδυτή) 2008
Jazz στην Ελλάδα (Legend recordings) 2009
Jazz Society Thessaloniki 2008 - 2009 (Polytropon) 2009
Greek Jazz Times Vol. I, Modern jazz tracks (Jazz & Tzaz) 2013
Every Day Should Be A Record Store Day III (Puzzlemusik) 2013
Live στο Κεραμείο (self-released) 2020
15 (Puzzlemusik) 2021


George Kontrafouris Trio
Baby Trio

Short Biography

George Kontrafouris was born in Athens in 1967. He studied classical piano at the National Conservatory in Athens. At the age of 16, he turned his interest to jazz music and he followed up jazz improvisation lessons with Markos Alexiou. He also studied with Jim Beard and Jarmo Savolainen. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from Sibelius Academy in Finland.
He has performed as piano or organ player with many famous and outstanding musicians such as: Marc Johnson, Arild Andersen, Marcus Stockhausen, Andy Sheppard, Ralph Peterson Jr., David Liebman, Houston Pearson, Eric Alexander, Lou Donaldson, Sam Newsome, Benny Golson, Tim Hagans, Bob Sheppard, Carmen Lundy, Sheila Jordan and many more.
He has been teaching jazz piano and organ for several years at the Athenaeum Conservatory in Greece, at the Sibelius Academy in Finland and he currently belongs to the academic faculty of the Ionian University in Corfu. He has already given Master Classes in various schools in Greece and abroad.
His first album as a leader, named "Don’t be Shy" was released in 1999. He is the leader at the George Kontrafouris Trio as well as the Baby Trio and among others, he is performing with George Trantalidis Trilogia and with Timo Lassy.

Short biography in greek

Ο Γιώργος Κοντραφούρης γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1967. Σπούδασε κλασικό πιάνο στο Εθνικό Ωδείο της Αθήνας. Σε ηλικία 16 ετών, άρχισε να ενδιαφέρεται για την τζαζ και συνέχισε με μαθήματα αυτοσχεδιασμού με τον Μάρκο Αλεξίου. Μελέτησε επίσης με τον Jim Beard και τον Jarmo Savolainen. Πήρε μεταπτυχιακό και Μάστερ στην τζαζ ερμηνεία από την Ακαδημία Sibelius στη Φινλανδία.
Παίζοντας πιάνο ή χάμοντ έχει συνεργαστεί με πολλούς διάσημους μουσικούς όπως οι: Marc Johnson, Arild Andersen, Marcus Stockhausen, Andy Sheppard, Ralph Peterson Jr., David Liebman, Houston Pearson, Eric Alexander, Lou Donaldson, Sam Newsome, Benny Golson, Tim Hagans, Bob Sheppard, Carmen Lundy, Sheila Jordan και πολλούς ακόμη.
Διδάσκει πιάνο και χάμοντ εδώ και αρκετά χρόνια στο Ωδείο Athenaeum στην Ελλάδα, στην Ακαδημία Sibelius Academy στη Φιλανδία, ενώ τα τελευταία χρόνια ανήκει στο διδακτικό προσωπικό του Ιονίου Πανεπιστημίου στην Κέρκυρα. Έχει δώσει πολλά σεμινάρια στην τζαζ μουσική στην Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικό.
Το πρώτο του άλμπουμ "Don’t be Shy" κυκλοφόρησε το 1999. Ηγείται του George Kontrafouris Trio και του Baby Trio και μεταξύ πολλών άλλων, εμφανίζεται με τo γκρουπ George Trantalidis Trilogia και με τον Timo Lassy.

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