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Pandelis Karayorgis

Born: September, 1962    Primary Instrument: Piano

Pandelis Karayorgis

Born in Athens, Greece in 1962. Prior to moving to the U.S. in 1985, performed in small jazz groups while pursuing a degree in Economics. Earned BM and MM degrees in music from Boston's New England Conservatory while studying with Paul Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Dave Holland and Joe Maneri (composition) among others. Studied and performed extensively the music of Thelonious Monk and Lennie Tristano and in 1991 compiled a collection of all of Monk's compositions.

In the last twenty years mostly led or co-led groups whose recordings have often been voted into reviewers' top-10 lists in magazines such as Coda, Cadence, Jazz Times and Jazziz. Performed and recorded with Mat Maneri, Joe Maneri, Ken Vandermark, Tony Malaby, Michael Formanek, John Lockwood, Randy Peterson and Guillermo Gregorio among many others. Numerous performances at festivals and clubs in Europe and the United States. Recordings appear on labels such as Leo Records, Hat Art, Clean Feed, Nuscope, Boxholder, Okkadisk, Cadence, Accurate, Leo Lab, Ayler and HatOLOGY among others....
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”Over the course of nearly 20 years and approximately that many recordings, Karayorgis has established himself as one of the singular, and significant, pianists of his generation.” Art Lange

“ ... by this stage, Karayorgis has developed a powerful piano language of his own and this is its definitive statement to date.” The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings, (8th Edition) in reference to solo piano CD “Seventeen Pieces” (2004).

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Excerpt from concert featuring Han Bennink on drums and Jorrit Dijkstra on alto sax. October 2009, Killian Hall, MIT. http://karayorgis.com/mi3.html



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Composite clip of the mi3 recording session at the Artits at Large Gallery. Curt Newton on drums and Nate McBride on bass. May 2003. http://karayorgis.com/mi3.html



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Pandelis Karayorgis/Ken Vandermark Duo "Lifgatowy" by P. Karayorgis Pandelis Karayorgis, piano Ken Vandermark, clarinet Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge, Mass., January 2006
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