George Spanos Short Bio

Dreams beyond George Spanos (b. 1979), originally from Greece, is an internationally acclaimed drummer and composer who is based in New York. He started taking piano lessons at the age of eight, continuing at the age of fourteen with his studies of modern drums and percussion. Spanos' recent highlights include his performances with John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Marc Ribot, Leo Genovese, Daniel Carter, Juini Booth, Lawrence Clark, On ka'a Davis, Sylvie Courvoisier, Erik Friedlander, Steve Swell, Miles Griffith, The Downtown Avengers, Unanimity Quintet and many other incredible artists.

Spanos has appeared in concerts and jazz festivals as a guest in Europe, United States and Canada. Spanos has studied with Michael Carvin, Victor Jones and has attended seminars and master classes with Antonio Sanchez, Brice Wassy, Ron Savage, Gary Burton, Horacio el negro Hernandez, and Francisco Mela.

His versatile background and education, enabled him to perform as a classical percussionist with world- renowned orchestras (Symphony Orchestra of Iasi) and known music ensembles at the most famous Greek venues (Megaron Mousikis-Athens Concert Hall, Ancient Agora, Half Note Jazz Club, Pallas Theater and Thessaloniki Concert Hall. His first personal recording Jungle of Illusions,which he co-arranged, co-produced, composed and recorded the drums/percussion with Yiannis Kassetas (sax, arranger,composer, producer) released by puzzlemusik in Europe and by Blue Truffle Music label in the United States, received great critical.

His latest album "Dreams Beyond" was released in November 2014 by Evolver Records, U.S.A and brings together a stellar cast of legendary improvisers such as bassist Juini Booth (Sun Ra, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and Art Blakey), guitarist On ka'a Davis (Sun Ra), saxophonist Lawrence Clark (Rashied Ali) and Ikue Mori (John Zorn), as well as vocalist and Evolver Records founder Lola Danza, clarinetist Vasko Dukovski, tubist Ben Stapp, violinist Fung Chern Hwei, cellist Adam Fisher, percussionist Sayun Chang, trumpeter Keaton Akins, and pianist Simone Weissenfels. As a result, these fine musicians will take the listeners on a dream-like musical journey through time, from the sounds of the past to the sonic landscapes of the future and back. The album is a bold mix of Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane inspired free jazz, John Zorn-esque Downtown NY avant-garde, and a touch of electronic soundscapes.

photo credit Peter Gannushkin

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Reflections - The New Album of George Spanos

Reflections is a collection of seven compositions based on past and present experiences that combines elements of jazz, avant-garde, minimalism, world and contemporary music.

The album production brought together a stellar cast of legendary improvisers such as bassist Juini Booth (Sun Ra, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and Art Blakey), improvisor – multi instrumentalist Daniel Carter (Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Jaco Pastorius, Matthew Shipp, Sonic Youth), pianist Leo Genovese (Esperanza Spalding, Jack Dejohnette, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano) and tenor saxophonist Lawrence Clark (Rashied Ali).

Album personnel: George Spanos, drums, compositions, arrangements / Juini Booth, double bass / Leo Genovese, piano / Daniel Carter, alto, tenor and soprano saxophones, trumpet / Lawrence Clark, tenor saxophone (tracks 1, 3, 6) Recorded, mixed and mastered by Marc Urselli

Recorded June 7, 2017 at EastSide Sound Studios, Lower East Side, New York City. Produced by George Spanos

Album cover design by Ioannis Ioannidis (Disaster Johnny) - Album graphic design by Landrew Gomes.

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