Three days of exploring rhythm, multiplying our means to an end. By George Palamiotis
1. The Pulse
Every living organism has a pulse. The universe has a pulse. Time is a pulse.
Music has a pulse. Through simple patterns we learn to identify, internalize and finally lock with basic pulses.
2. The Clave
History of the clave. Function and form.
2. The Clave (continued)
The key to almost any traditional rhythm and dance, (including the Afro-American tradition, e.g. blues, jazz, New Orleans, samba, salsa etc ).
3. Patterns – Groupings
Identify patterns in rhythm and their building blocks.
Understand, create and support the most common rhythmic constructions.
The fundamentals of overlapping rhythms with different pulses or ‘’It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing’’
George Palamiotis was born in Athens Greece. He started playing music at the age of 7. As a teenager he played the bass in various bands of the post-punk Athenian scene, (most notable the Metro Decay). After that he received formal music education first in Athens and then he studied in Boston MA at the Berklee College of Music on a scholarship.
Back to Athens he collaborated with many artists and bands of the then groundbreaking movement of world fusion, mixing jazz with elements of the Greek musical tradition with the innovative trio named Iasis amongst others.
Then he went to London to have an inside view on the secrets of music production such as engineering, mixing and also the art of Dub music.
After exploring the reggae idiom and other Caribbean traditions his interest in the African rhythm heritage grew larger day by day and this led him to start with the actress and vocalist Fenia Papadodima, a project named Eleusis blending African, British and Greek musicians, with state of the art production by the Temple Of Sound
All these years he kept exploring and/or pushing the boundaries of the electric bass through technic and sound processing.
He has collaborated with a variety of artists such as the master African musicians Brice Wassy, Anthony Cedras, Moussa Hema, the producers extraordinaire Count Dubulah and Neil Sparkes, members of the Athens jazz scene such as Costas Baltazanis, Nickos Kapilidis, David Lynch or choreographers like Apostolia Papadamaki and Kyriakos Kosmidis and of course not to mention some of the most notable artists/songwriters and composers of the Greek music industry.
Recently apart from his work as a musician and as a private tutor, he co-hosted a very popular educational program on Greek national t.v. called Musical Carousel. The last years he is also the musical director of the two day per week semi-improvised sessions known to the Athenian crowd as ''The Deep Throat Sessions at the Nixon Bar'', and also he has produced the Loft Jazz Festival 2014 and the Elaionas Festival 2015.