Louizos Aslanidis, film director
Born in 1974 in Athens. He studied lm at Southampton Institute (Solent University) and the London College of Printing (London Institute). In the year 2000 and since then, he founded and managed the Ekso Productions, lm production company and post-production. As a producer, he has to his credit three feature lms ("Evil" - 2005, "The evil in the age of heroes" – 2009, "Charisma" - 2009) and many other short lms (including the award-winning "The House of the Olives"), which most of them nanced by the Greek Film Center, or ERT. As a director, he signs the short lms "The absolute time" – 2004 and "Rectum" - 1998, commercials for television and corporate videos. Since 2005 collaborates with the group dance "Yelp", in production video projects highlighted in the group.
Guido De Flaviis, saxophone
Guido De Flaviis started to study saxophone with Maestro Claudio Ceschini in Teramo; he continued with Daniele Comoglio and Gianni Alberti at the conservatoire in Brescia and then he moved to Milan where he took a rst-class honours degree under Maestro Mario Marzi’s guidance in 2004. He took active part in seminars held by famous Saxophonists such as J.M. Londeix, F. Moretti, A. Bornkamp, C. Delangle, V. David. In 2005, he moved to Amsterdam where in 2007 he nished, with honours, the Master Degree at the Dutch national academy of music "Swellinck", under Henk van Twillert’s guidance.He won Scholarships (Dragoni, Ferrero, and the prestigious Top Talent in Netherlands) and was awarded the rst absolute prize among all the categories of soloists in two international competitions and the second price in the chamber music category with his saxophone quartet "Overtone".For some time now he has undertaken his concert activity with dierent chamber music groups: duo sax- guitar (Forni De Flaviis), sax and piano, quartet, and Live Electronic (Medea Eletronique) with which he has performed at music festivals and concerts in the most famous Italian and European Theatres such as the "Ponchielli" in Cremona, the "Lingotto" in Torino, the "Dal Verme" in Milan, the "Grote Zaal" in Groningen, the "Cristofori", the "Muziek Gebouw" in Amsterdam, and in Vienna.He has played with a lot of dierent orchestras like the "Scaligeri" ensemble of "La Scala", the Cantelli orchestra of Milan, the woodwind and brass orchestra of Soncino, Camerata and Cromaton orchestras of Athens.In 2004, he took part in the making of the "R-Evolution Suite" record by G. Falzone ("Soul Note" editions).Since 2005 he has been playing in "The Red Chicken Soup duo" with the Greek percussion player Margarita Kourtparasidou. The duo is specialized in performing contemporary pieces by composers like I. Xenakis and L. Naon, and has performed and made recordings of premieres that composers like D. Nicolau, B.de Vrees, D. Little, C. Nistico, and N.Mc Gowan have dedicated to them. In 2006, they started an intense activity that made them play in San Diego, New York, Amsterdam, Germany, Portugal and Italy. At the moment he lives in Athens, taking part in the international saxophone quartet of T.Kerkezos. With this quartet he is performing in important Festivals and Concert Halls as the "Megaron" in Thessaloniki, the "Peterhof Palace" in S.Petersburg, the "Opera House" in Cairo, the "Megaron" in Athens.As a soloist he has been playing with the Youth Regional Orchestra "I Sinfonici" of Teramo for six years and since 2003 with the orchestra "A.C.O. Val Vibrata" (AP); with them he has already more than fty concerts to his credit .He is also a saxophone teacher at the Municipal Conservatory of Patra.
Spyros Tzekos, clarinet
Spyros was born in Corfu in 1978. He began clarinet lessons with professor Nikolaos Dolianitis and contin - ued his studies with Stathis Kiosoglou at Philippos Nakas Conservatory, to obtain his professional diploma with distinction and a rst prize as well. He then received the "Alexandra Triandi" scholarship from the "Friends of the Music Society" to study at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Mons, Belgium, with professors Ronald van Spaendonck (clarinet) and Guy van Waas (chamber music). Obtaining nancial support from the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece, Spyros advanced his studies at the Fontys Hogescool voor de Kunsten with professors Walter Boeykens (clarinet), Jan Gruithuyzen (chamber music) and Carlos Gálves (bass clarinet), as well as at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he attended the "Contemporary Music through Non-Western Techniques " programme with Rafael Reina and Jos Zwaanenburg, and had the chance to study South Indian classical music, contemporary clarinet techniques and musical improvisation. He has attended several clarinet master-classes with Alessandro Carbonare, Michel Arrignon, Andrew Marriner, Ralph Manno, Aurelian-Octav Popa, Walter Boeykens, Ronald van Spaendonck, David Campbell, Ovidiu Caplescu and Spyros Mourikis, as well as free improvisation workshops with Magpie Music Dance Company. Spyros has to his credit not only Greek but also world premieres. He has played in various cities in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, and has also performed at the national broadcasting corporations of Greece, the Netherlands and Belgium. His collaborations include the major orchestras of Athens, the Athens Festival and the National Theatre of Greece, while his appearances as a soloist include the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia (Belgium), the Athens State Orchestra, the Athens Symphony Orchestra and the Ronald van Spaendonck Ensemble. Apart from being a founding member of the wind quintet Ventus and the contemporary music group ARTéfacts ensemble, Spyros has been rst principal clarinet with the Greek National Opera Orchestra since 2007.
Laertis Kokolanis, violin
He began his violin studies in the music school of Argyrokastro in Albania at the age of 6. When he came to Athens, he went on his studies in the Modern and Classical Music Conservatory with Nina Patrikidou. He performed in numerous concerts and recitals from an early age. He continued his studies in Athens Conservatory with Tatsis Apostolidis, with whom he also studied chamber music for many years. He got his violin diploma with honors studying with Ioannis Tzoumanis, who is Concert Master in the Athens State Orchestra. He has also attended various violin seminars and studied in master classes with Lydia Mortkovitch, Zakhar Brohn, Grigori Zhislin and Leonidas Kavakos. He has collaborated with many orchestras in Athens, such as the National Symphony Orchestra of ERT, the String Orchestra Patra Soloists and the Greek National Opera Orchestra among others. He has also performed as a soloist with the Athens State Orchestra, in which he performs as a permanent member since October 2008.
Theo Vazakas, percussion
Born in Athens, he studied percussion at the Zografou Municipal Conservatory in Athens under Konstantinos Vorissis and Konstantinos Theodorakos, and graduated in 2003. He continued his studies on a superior level at the Conservatoire National de Region de Strasbourg under Emmanuel Séjourné, Stéphane Fougeroux and Denis Riedinger and obtained the 'Diplôme de Perféctionnement de percussion' in 2006. Mostly interested in chamber music, he continued studying on a specialised course under Armand Angster and obtained the 'Diplôme de Perfectionnement de musique de chambre' in 2006, as well as the 'Prix Supérieur Interegional – Diplôme de Concert de musique de chambre' in 2007. He attended various masterclasses throughout Europe and had numerous collaborations with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the most prominent Athenian Symphonic Orchestras. He also performed at several International Festivals, such as the Festival MUSICA in Strasbourg. Back in Athens, Theodore teaches percussion at the National Conservatory as well as at the Kalamata Municipal Conservatory; he is a founding member of ARTéfacts ensemble and collaborates with ERGON ensemble and dissonArt ensemble.
Costas Seremetis, percussion
Born in Canada in 1980, Costas studied percussion at the Municipal Conservatory of Moshato in Athens under Konstantinos Vorissis and Konstantinos Theodorakos, and graduated in 2008. He has attended numerous masterclasses in Paris in 2003, with F. Macarez, M. Ford, K. Abe, M. Kamiya, L. H. Stevens and he is frequently following specialisation courses with Emmanuel Séjourné and Stéphane Fougeroux in Strasbourg. In 2005, Costas represented Greece at the prestigious percussion festival 'Percumania' in Paris, interpreting works by Iannis Xenakis and Edgar Varèse. He held for many consecutive years the post of the leading percussionist of the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra.