This workshop is an intensive week-long summer Jazz course, which is organized by the non-profit organization "Filoxenia" for second time.

 The idea is to give possibilities to all people (without age limit) to develop their music skills in Jazz context.
 In this second workshop we will welcome tutors from the U.S.A., the Czech Republic, the UK & Greece, who are well known musicians and have kindly accepted to participate and share their experience and knowledge with us. The event is open to beginners, intermediate and professional players. During the workshop, the participants will improve their abilities in playing their instruments, in singing, in group playing and also in Jazz music theory. The workshop participants will practice every evening at the much-favored jam sessions. The event will include a tutors concert and a final concert  on 13th July including all participants, both open to local community. One day will be FREE for discovering the local area (sightseeing).

 Participation certificates signed by the tutors will be issued for all participants having attended regularly the workshop.

 Participants are required to register on the 7th July 2014, 6 p.m. at the latest, at the Hostel Elisson in Kryoneri, where the detailled workshop programme will be given to them.


 9:30-10:30 Morning lecture
 10:45-11:45 Theory-Jazz Harmony lecture
 12:00-14:00 Instrumental master classes
 14:00-17:00 LUNCH BREAK
 17:00-19:30 Ensembles
 22:00 Jam sessions in the Bar







 Jazz vocalist, composer, educator

 JD Walter is a jazz singers singer – a purist and an innovator. His style has been compared to many vocal titans, but it is uniquely his own and he has become a singular phenomenon on the music scene. Respected and lauded by the great musicians of the contemporary circuit, JD has shared the stage with many legendary artists including: Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Tom Harrell, Eddie Gomez, Bob Dorough, Edgar Bateman, Nicholas Payton, Jean-Michel Pilc, Bill Evans, Mark Murphy, Greg Hutchinson, Ari Hoenig, Randy Brecker, Tim Warfield, Jim Ridl, Orrin Evans, Seamus Blake, Igor Butman, Nasheet Waits, Craig Handy, Boris Kozlov, Robin Eubanks, Eric Revis, Billy Drummond, and Don Bradon,.

 JD sang with the renowned "American Boy choir" and later attended the University of North Texas via a vocal jazz scholarship.

 JD has currently recorded seven CD's. "Sirens in the C-House", "Clear Day", "Dedicated to You", "2Bass, a Face and a Little Skin", "Live in Portugal", “Live at the 55Bar, and has just released his 7th, CD, “One Step Away”. His releases have helped expand his listening audience from the shores of America to Europe, Russia and the Far East. JD has been a guest artist on many CD's, is also a member of pianist Orrin Evans Luvpark band, with two releases on Imani Records (‘04, ‘07) as well as performing three songs on trumpeter Sean Jones release "Kaleidoscope" on Mack Avenue Records.

 JD has been a featured artist at countless American jazz festivals and clubs, performed at numerous festivals in Europe, the Middle East, Central America and toured Russia over 60 times, performing in over 100 cities. He has performed numerous clinics for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Music Educators National Conference, taught at the prestigious Sebelius Conservatory in Helsinki Finland, Jazz Palau De Valencia in Spain, The Athenian conservatory and Ionian Universities in Greece, The University of North Texas, New Orleans University, The Moscow Music Consort and the Kazan Music Conservatory in Russia. He is a regular on the music scene in New York, having headlined at such venues as Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, The Blue Note, The Jazz Gallery, Joe's Pub, The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Sweet Rhythm and Smoke, and the famed 55 Bar. He currently resides in New York City, teaches at The Aaron Copland School of Music, The New School, and The Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland.



 Skip Wilkins is an American jazz pianist who splits his time between Eastern Pennsylvania and Central Europe. While in the U.S. he makes his home in the town of Delaware Water Gap, PA. When in Europe, he is based in Prague, and tours regularly throughout Central Europe. A prolific composer, Skip has released ten CDs, with the eleventh slated for release in early 2013.

 Skip lived in Prague continuously for fifteen months during a sabbatical from his teaching position at Lafayette College between June of 2011 and August of 2012. In addition to his active concert and recording schedule, he taught at major summer workshops and gave additional workshops and masterclasses in a variety of conservatories, music schools and other venues, notably at the Janacek Academy of Musical Arts in Brno. While in Prague, he directed the Skip Wilkins Singers, a twenty-voice choral ensemble that performed his arrangements and compositions. He recorded three CDs with various groups, headlined at major festivals, and performed often on live television and radio.

 In Central Europe, he tours with three main groups that are based in Prague: SuperTrio – WUH (Wilkins, Franta Uhlir & Jaromir Helesic);

 Skip Wilkins Quartet, featuring Libor Smoldas (Wilkins, Smoldas, Tomas Baros & Tomas Hobzek), and Rostislav Fras – Skip Wilkins Quintet (Fras, Wilkins, Neil Wetzel, Josef Feco & Gary Rissmiller). Czech Radio Prague released the CD, Frýdlant Nights, in conjunction with the February 2010 US tour of the Fras – Wilkins Quintet.

 Major performances in the Czech Republic include his recent nationally-televised concert performance at Prague Castle, in a state event for the retiring Czech President; the Karel Velebny Summer Jazz Workshop in Frýdlant; Janackuv Maj in Ostrava; Brno Jazz Festival; Trutnov Jazz Festival, Přerov Jazz Festival, Vsetin Jazz Festival, Hello Jazz Weekend (Uherske Hradiste and Kyjov), and in the top Prague jazz clubs, including Jazz Dock, Reduta, U Maleho Glena and Agharta.  He headlines annually at Schlot in Berlin, and performs often in Bavaria, where recent credits include Birdland Neuborg, Lindau Jazz Club (on the Bodensee), the Burgthann Jazz Festival and Jazz Night in Coburg.

 Skip’s 2012 SteepleChase Lookout CD release is Father & Son, featuring his son Daniel, a budding tenor saxophone star in NYC, and the stalwart tandem of Scott Lee on bass and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. In the trio with Lee and Hirshfield, he released two Dreambox Media CDs in 2011, including a set of standards, I Concentrate on You, and another of his originals, After. He has four previous CDs on Dreambox Media: The Paint-Peeler (2008), Skip Wilkins Solo—Live at Lafayette  (2007), Skip Wilkins Quintet: Volume II  (2007), and Volume I (2006), and two earlier CDs with flutist Jill Allen, including Petty Theft (2001, Cathexis Records), which features saxophonist David Liebman. He also performs and tours often in the U.S. and Europe with his children, Daniel and Emily.

 Skip’s earlier performance credits include David Liebman, David Sánchez, Stanley Turrentine, Bobby Watson, Plas Johnson, Mark Murphy, Clark Terry, Conte Candoli and Peter Erskine.  Skip is Associate Professor of Music at Lafayette College, where he teaches music theory and jazz courses. He is also a member of the adjunct staff at Moravian College, teaching jazz piano.



 Libor Šmoldas (CZ)

 Libor Šmoldas (1982) is a Prague based jazz guitarist and composer. Besides top Czech and European musicians he has worked and recorded with international stars such as George Mraz, Jeff Ballard, Sam Yahel, Bobby Watson, Adam Nussbaum, Brian Charette, Joel Frahm, Jay Anderson, Stephen Keogh and more.

 He has worked and recorded on numerous occaisions as a sideman for Brian Charette, Skip Wilkins, Ondrej Pivec, Bobby Watson, Yvonne Sanchez, Brian Fentress, Zeurítia and others.

 He has recieved a Berklee Collage of music scholarship in 2005.

 In 2011 he has toured the USA with his Czech quartet and made appereances in New York (Smalls), Washington DC, Richmond, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and more. While in the United States, Libor recorded with Nussbaum, Anderson, Mraz, Ballard and Yahel. Working on several other projects, Libor had the opportunity to present himself in China, Australia, USA and of course most of well-known European cities.

 With legendary saxofonist Bobby Watson they toured and recorded an album which will be out in the 2013.

 As a teacher he works at the advanced jazz department of the Jaroslav Ježek's Prague Conservatory. Libor has tought at several jazz camps in Sydney Australia, Prague, London and Germany. He also did some masterclasses at several colleges in the USA.

 Since 2009 Libor has been member of the board of the Czech Jazz Society which organizes Czech Jazz Workshop.



 Osian Roberts (UK)

 Welshman Osian Roberts was born in 1976 and took up the saxophone at age nine, having developed a keen interest in the instrument through listening to jazz on the radio. After showing promise during alto saxophone lessons in school and gaining valuable playing experience with elder musicians on the Welsh jazz scene, he moved to London to study further, enrolling onto the jazz course at The Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 1998.

 Since then he's performed with many great British jazz musicians including Sir John Dankworth, Dave Cliff, Iain Ballamy, Peter King, Jim Mullen, Mike Carr, and Peter Ind among others, as well as international stars such as Cedar Walton, George Mraz, Hod O'Brien, Claus Raible, and Peter Washington.

 He has toured in over twenty five countries during his career, travelling as far as Thailand and the U.S. to perform. When not on the road, Osian divides his time between the UK and Czech Republic, where he lives with his family. He has four albums under his own name on the Hard Bop Records Label. His current bands include a trio, quartet, and quintet which he co-leads with trumpeter Steve Fishwick, as well as a big band co-lead by Czech drummer Martin Šulc.



 Spyros Panagiotopoulos (Greece)

 Started on drums, studying at young age, and in the mid 1980’s he studied classical percussion at the Athens Conservatory. Since then he started his career as a professional drummer on stage as well as a recording artist in discography with the most famous Greek singers.


He has participated in more than 450 discography recordings (1500 songs) with the above mentioned singers as well as with many other distinguished performers in the greek musical industry. The kind of music though, he always loved even since his first steps, is Jazz.

In the early 1990’s as a founding member of the well known jazz group “PAGE ONE” he gained a distinguished innovatory position in the Greek jazz world, touring all over Greece. He performed at the“DIVA” jazz club, an the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) and participated in the house band of D. VASILAKIS for the K. GIANNOULOPOULOS “JAZZ CLUB” TV show where he had the opportunity to perform with many Greek and internationally known musicians.

He further collaborated with famous European jazz performers as f.i. MARKUS STOCKHAUSEN, ARLID ANDERSEN, A.SHEPPARD, B.HOFSETH, and also with KEVIN MAHOGANY, RΕΧ RICHARDSON, RALPH PETERSON a.o.

He accompanied many famous American jazz singers as f.i. DEBORAH DAVIS, MODINHA, JEAN PARKER, CARLA COOK, KAREN LOOPS during their performances in Greece.

Since 1993 Spyros Panagiotopoulos teaches drums at the “PH. NAKAS” conservatory.

As a professor and with the support of the PH. NAKAS” conservatory and the Contemporary Educational Company (ΣΥΓΧΡΟΝΗ ΕΚΠΑΙΔΕΥΤΙΚΗ”) he produced the drum clinics educational videotape entitled “PRINCIPLES OF TECHNIQUE AND EXPRESSION””.

He has also accompanied the famous pianist DENNIS MONTGOMERY in his performance at the amphitheatre of the “PH. NAKAS” conservatory, as well as almost all professors and jazz performers of the “BERKLEE” College of Music of Boston., invited by the “PH. NAKAS” conservatory, during their seminars and concerts in Athens.


 Periklis Trivolis (GR)
 Double Bass
 Born in Athens in 1975, started his music studies at the Conservatory Philippos Nakas with music theory, harmony and electric bass.

 From 1998 to 2001 he studies jazz composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he also accomplishes studies in acoustic bass.

 From 2003 he has been working in Athens as a professional musician and is cooperating with many outstanding artists, Greeks and foreigners as well, in jazz.






  •      vocals
  •      piano
  •      guitar
  •      saxophone
  •      double bass
  •      drums


 Hostel “Elisson”, seminar-room

 Cultural Centre Kryoneri Korinthias



 Master classes: 200 €    Within 31/05/14 get a discount  20% !  ***


- Hostel Elisson 130 €
 Hostel Elisson's website
- Rooms in private house 90 €


 “Filoxenia” Centre for Intercultural Youth Exchange Programmes

 D. Solomou 1, 20200 Kryoneri Korinthias, Greece

 Tel. (+30) 27420 51084 /  Fax (+30) 27420 51085

 Contact-Telephone: (+30) 6955 292749


 The fee must be made in full before the workshop's dates to the following bank account:

 Account holder: FILOXENIA
 Country: GREECE
 Account number (IBAN): GR1601406520652002320000032

 Please identify as reference: "2nd Summer Jazz Workshop 2014” your name and surname and your Instrument of interest.

*** Early booking discount of 20% does not apply to accomodation .


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