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Yiorgos Fakanas

In 1980 he participated in the historic recording of Manos Hadjidakis’(composer of the Oscar- winning score for the famous film “Never on Sunday”) “Lilipoupolis”, and since then has taken part in numerous recordings by other composers, totaling over 700 albums. He formed the group ISKRA, which was to become the first jazz-fusion group in the country, and he participated in the EUROJAZZ orchestra as the only Greek representative, touring all of Europe. He has 7 CDs as a leader (A New day, Parastasis, Horizon, Amorosa, Stand Art, Echoes and Domino), with the contributions of many Greek and foreign musicians, including Dave Weckl, Mike Stern, Wallace Roney, Lenny White, Brett Garsed, Bob Franceschini and many others. He has given many concerts playing his own music and conducting some of the biggest Greek Orchestras (Radio-Television Orchestra, Greek Radio Big Band, National Orchestra of Greek Music as well as many international ensembles and orchestras) at the “Athens Concert Hall-Megaron” , Lycabettus Theatre, Herodion and the “Pallas Concert Hall”.

In addition to composing and performing music for movies and theatre, Yiorgos founded the “Art Music School Y.V. Fakanas” where he is supervisor and Artistic Director of the Contemporary Music Department. He has continually taught the electric bass and contemporary theory, and over 600 bass players have studied with him, some of whom have gone on to become outstanding professional musicians

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