Yako Trio

ABOUT

Yako Trio is a jazz band formed in 2016 in Thessaloniki, Greece, consisting of:
  • Leandros Pasias - piano
  • Vangelis Vrachnos - double bass
  • Giorgos Klountzos-Chrysidis - drums

Three young musicians who, after their studies, mainly in jazz, and their musical wanderings in various cities abroad, returned at their hometown with their luggage full of a great variety of sounds, experiences and knowledge, in order to confront and have a fertile, energetic conversation with its particular sounds and memories coming out from its very long, rich, multicultural history.

The key element for forming the Trio was the work of the well-known Greek musician and composer Yannis Konstantinidis, in particular his arrangement to familiar melodies and rhythms of Greek traditional music. His intention was to save the unregistered Greek traditional musical material through the synthesis process. He has been heavily influenced by classical composers such as C. Debussy, M. Ravel and B. Bartok. All members of the Yako Trio have a deep knowledge of Konstantinidis’ work and also a great admiration for it. They formed this trio in order to edit it and introduce it again to the audience through their own musical sounds and experiences. That’s why they named the band “Yako Trio”, after the initial letters of Yannis Konstantinidis’ name.

Their objective is to create a new dynamic, imaginative approach to well-known Greek traditional songs, merging traditional idioms, classical harmonies and contemporary jazz music elements, incorporating jazz improvisations. This is their way to revive authentic traditional music, and also present their own compositions on this particular music style, forming their musical identity, always aiming at an outward-looking tone through interaction with musicians from different cultures and various music styles. This “ethnic-jazz” trend that they follow, becomes more and more popular among the general public all over the world, blowing away preconceptions about the boundaries between genres, constantly gaining more and more non-jazz listerners.

Yako Trio on mataroa.gr
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Yako Trio's interview on sarothron.gr  
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  • Vagelis Vrachnos

    Double Bass
    Vagelis Vrachnos
  • Born in Thessaloniki in 1989 is active as a musician and composer already 10 years mostly in Greece but also in Rotterdam where he studied jazz doublebass at Codarts Academy. ...

  • Leandros Pasias

    Piano
    Leandros Pasias
  • Leandros Pasias born in Thessaloniki. At age 10 he began piano lessons with his teacher Tasos Mantzaris at the conservatory Musicworkshop. Also he took lessons with Jiannis Angelakis at the ...

Vagelis VrachnosGiorgos Klountzos-ChrysidisLeandros Pasias

MEMBERS

Listen to Yako Trio's debut album: "Ode to Yannis"
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