THE AFRO FUNK QUINTET LIVE AT SARAH`S JAZZ CLUB!

fRIDAY 19TH OF NOVEMBER


The Afro Funk Quintet is performing its own arrangements of funk music from the 70s and 80s. The main emphasis of the band is to explore musical expressions based on uplifting grooves and fusing Cuban and African elements.
On Friday the 19th you will have the chance to see them live in Nicosia at the beautiful Sarah`s Jazz Club.
Reserve by SMS/Call to 95147711.
Food and drinks are served until 1:00 am.
Doors open 8:30 pm, live music starts 9:30 pm.
Music cover fee: €10.
Sarah's Jazz Club Xanthis Xenierou, 35, Nicosia 1015.

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Mike Michael


Mike Michael started his first trumpet lessons at the English School in 1979 with Panos Panayi. He was then taught by Vesa Ania (Finland), Esko Lopponen (Finland), Kalman Kovacs (Hungary) and others. Performed as member and soloist with the English School symphony orchestra, as a founding member with the Cyprus Youth Orchestra and as a member and soloist with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. An active performer of the Cyprus jazz scene for over 25 years. He performed with the jazz bands “New Dimensions”, “Ambodis Jazz Quintet”, the “Cyprus Big Band”, “Jazzologia” big band and many other combos. He performed at international jazz festivals and other concerts in Cyprus, Spain, Luxembourg, Serbia, Belgium, Austria, Greece, Denmark, France, England and Italy..

Christos Yerolatsitis


Christos Yerolatsitis is a Cypriot pianist, keyboardist and composer. With an interest in various music genres, Christos’s music can be characterised as colourful, intuitive and diverse.
Christos moved to The Netherlands in 2009 where he studied Jazz piano performance at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (BA 2009-2013) and Conservatorium van Amsterdam (MA 2013-2015).
Soon after his arrival he got into the Dutch jazz scene and performed all around the country with well known artists, such as Benjamin Herman, John Ruocco, Simon Rigter, Ben van den Dungen, Ben Van Gelder and others.
In 2016 he appeared in the biggest theatres of the country with the “Eef van Breen Group” in cooperation with the extremely successful theatre production “Borgen”.
In 2017 he moved to Mumbai where he got employed as the head of the Piano department of the True School of Music, one of India’s biggest music schools. During his stay in India, Christos has performed with many bands in music festivals and jazz clubs and shared the stage with names such as Ranjit Barot (John Maclaughlin’s drummer) and Erik Truffaz (trumpet) as well as Indian Carnatic musicians like Sabir Khan (Indian Sarangi player) and Bangalore Amrit (Indian Khanjira).
In 2018 Christos participated in the recording of the Eef van Breen Group’s new album “Walk of Doubts”. The record got released in 2019. The project has toured in major festivals and venues in The Netherlands such as Tivoli Vredenburg (Utrecht), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), Musis (Arnhem), Paradox (Tilburg), Regentenkamer (The Hague), Oosterpoort (Groningen), Odeon (Zwole) and De Lieve Vrouw (Amersfoort).
In 2019 he appeared in various Jazz festivals internationally with the Ioannis Vafeas Trio, such as the Gouvy Jazz & Blues Festival in Belgium, 14th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival and Rhodes Jazz Festival. As a new member of the Michael Messios Symmetry Band he appeared at the 19th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival in Greece and the 20th Paradise Jazz Festival in Cyprus.
In October 2019 he performed at the “Jazzclun Schlot” in Berlin with the a.R project as part of the 6th EUNIC jazz festival.
Christos is currently based in Cyprus working with various International bands as a leader and a sideman.

Christos Yerolatsitis is a Cypriot pianist, keyboardist and composer. With an interest in various music genres, Christos’s music can be characterised as colourful, intuitive and diverse.
Christos moved to The Netherlands in 2009 where he studied Jazz piano performance at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (BA 2009-2013) and Conservatorium van Amsterdam (MA 2013-2015).
Soon after his arrival he got into the Dutch jazz scene and performed all around the country with well known artists, such as Benjamin Herman, John Ruocco, Simon Rigter, Ben van den Dungen, Ben Van Gelder and others.
In 2016 he appeared in the biggest theatres of the country with the “Eef van Breen Group” in cooperation with the extremely successful theatre production “Borgen”.

Christos Yerolatsitis

In 2017 he moved to Mumbai where he got employed as the head of the Piano department of the True School of Music, one of India’s biggest music schools. During his stay in India, Christos has performed with many bands in music festivals and jazz clubs and shared the stage with names such as Ranjit Barot (John Maclaughlin’s drummer) and Erik Truffaz (trumpet) as well as Indian Carnatic musicians like Sabir Khan (Indian Sarangi player) and Bangalore Amrit (Indian Khanjira).
In 2018 Christos participated in the recording of the Eef van Breen Group’s new album “Walk of Doubts”. The record got released in 2019. The project has toured in major festivals and venues in The Netherlands such as Tivoli Vredenburg (Utrecht), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), Musis (Arnhem), Paradox (Tilburg), Regentenkamer (The Hague), Oosterpoort (Groningen), Odeon (Zwole) and De Lieve Vrouw (Amersfoort).
In 2019 he appeared in various Jazz festivals internationally with the Ioannis Vafeas Trio, such as the Gouvy Jazz & Blues Festival in Belgium, 14th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival and Rhodes Jazz Festival. As a new member of the Michael Messios Symmetry Band he appeared at the 19th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival in Greece and the 20th Paradise Jazz Festival in Cyprus.
In October 2019 he performed at the “Jazzclun Schlot” in Berlin with the a.R project as part of the 6th EUNIC jazz festival.
Christos is currently based in Cyprus working with various International bands as a leader and a sideman.

Andreas Rodosthenous


Andreas Rodosthenous was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1977. He started music by playing the electric and acoustic guitar and later the electric bass. In 1999 he moved to Athens, were he recorded two cd's with the famous guitar player Christoforos Krokidis. During that time he toured in London to play in the Picadilli Theater with the singer Michalis Xatzigiannis.
In 2003 he took the audition in the Rotterdam 's Conservatory and he was the only one in his year to pass the exam. He studied with the great bass player Pieter Douma. In December 2004 he formed a band and toured in Switzerland along with eight dancers for concerts arranged by the foundation "Zanyce". Since then he played in many theaters and jazz clubs in the Netherlands, including the "Bimhuis" in Amsterdam, "Dizzy jazz clubTheater de Evenaar", "The White Elephant", all in Rotterdam, "Concordia theater in Enschede and many others.
In 2005 he and four others Thierry Castel, RobVriens, Ulas Aksuenger and Jasper van Damme started the band "EnaSes" were they play eastern traditional music but also original compositions. In September 2006 he played at the "Paradise Jazz Festival" with the band "Juba.
In October 2006 he travelled to Rio de Janeiro for a tour with Annaelis de Jong and the "Jobim project". June 2008 he played with the dub band "Brass Wood and Wires" at the “Fusion Festival” in Germany.
In 2010 he played with the Dutch Pianist Thierry Castel and drummer George Koulas in the first "Limassol Jazz Festival."
November 2012 he invited the Dutch trombone player and composer/arranger Ilja Reijngoud along with singer Elizabeth Simonian to Cyprus, for a presentation of Ilja's new cd “Around the World”.
October 2014, The "1st Jazz and World music festival" in Limassol, where he presented his own original music. May 2015 he records his first personal works with the title “Simplicity” with Giorgos Morfitis on the piano, Alkis Agathokleous on the ney and Stelios Xydias on the drums. The four of them form the “Andreas Rodosthenous Ethnic Jazz Ensemble” and travel to present it for the first time in the "EUNIC Jazz Festiva” in Berlin.
June 2015 played in the “15th Athens Technopolis Jazz festival" presenting his cd “Simplicity”.
Andreas now lives in Cyprus, teaching, and playing with local and international bands and musicians.

Andreas Rodosthenous was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1977. He started music by playing the electric and acoustic guitar and later the electric bass. In 1999 he moved to Athens, were he recorded two cd's with the famous guitar player Christoforos Krokidis. During that time he toured in London to play in the Picadilli Theater with the singer Michalis Xatzigiannis.
In 2003 he took the audition in the Rotterdam 's Conservatory and he was the only one in his year to pass the exam. He studied with the great bass player Pieter Douma. In December 2004 he formed a band and toured in Switzerland along with eight dancers for concerts arranged by the foundation "Zanyce". Since then he played in many theaters and jazz clubs in the Netherlands, including the "Bimhuis" in Amsterdam, "Dizzy jazz clubTheater de Evenaar", "The White Elephant", all in Rotterdam, "Concordia theater in Enschede and many others.

Andreas Rodosthenous

In 2005 he and four others Thierry Castel, RobVriens, Ulas Aksuenger and Jasper van Damme started the band "EnaSes" were they play eastern traditional music but also original compositions. In September 2006 he played at the "Paradise Jazz Festival" with the band "Juba.
In October 2006 he travelled to Rio de Janeiro for a tour with Annaelis de Jong and the "Jobim project". June 2008 he played with the dub band "Brass Wood and Wires" at the “Fusion Festival” in Germany.
In 2010 he played with the Dutch Pianist Thierry Castel and drummer George Koulas in the first "Limassol Jazz Festival."
November 2012 he invited the Dutch trombone player and composer/arranger Ilja Reijngoud along with singer Elizabeth Simonian to Cyprus, for a presentation of Ilja's new cd “Around the World”.
October 2014, The "1st Jazz and World music festival" in Limassol, where he presented his own original music. May 2015 he records his first personal works with the title “Simplicity” with Giorgos Morfitis on the piano, Alkis Agathokleous on the ney and Stelios Xydias on the drums. The four of them form the “Andreas Rodosthenous Ethnic Jazz Ensemble” and travel to present it for the first time in the "EUNIC Jazz Festiva” in Berlin.
June 2015 played in the “15th Athens Technopolis Jazz festival" presenting his cd “Simplicity”.
Andreas now lives in Cyprus, teaching, and playing with local and international bands and musicians.

Giorgos Koulas

Giorgos Koulas

George Koulas / drummer, percussionist, performer and music creator, has been active playing and creating music for the last 30 years in Cyprus and abroad.. He graduated at Codarts in 2002. He has been collaborating during his long and active career with numerous artists. He has been performing in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Sweden, Belgium, LuxembourgHolland, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Spain, Germany, New Orleans, Boston etc. George Koulas is also the Paradise Jazz Festival Art Director.

Rodos Panayiotou


Rodos Panayiotou was born in Limassol on July 1st, 1977. He brought up in a family with a musical background and his interest in drums and percussion was obvious since he was a toddler as he banged with his hands or small branch sticks on with anything that he could make a sound. Self-taught, he started to play drums at the early age of 8 on a small four piece jazz kit his father bought him. At the age of 10, he began performing for several years in his family group, which included his dad playing guitar, his brother on bouzouki and his sister on vocals. The family group played for local weddings, parties and season festivals all over the island. At that time, Rodos was the youngest drummer to perform live in Cyprus. At the age of 16, he was already performing alongside a variety of well-known singers from Greece and Cyprus (Nicos Xanthopoulos, Yiota Lydia, Stratos Kiprios, Spiros Zagoreos and Petros Anagnostakis). After graduating from high school and finishing his army services, he attended percussion and drums lessons and gained a diploma in 1999 from the Hellenic School of Music at which afterwards he was teaching drums for two years. The same year he was asked to join and perform with the New Dimensions, the most famous jazz band on the island at that time, as well as with other local latin, rock and jazz bands. He also performed at the Nicolas Economou Jazz Festival in Limassol. In 2000, Rodos left Cyprus and entered Rotterdam Conservatorium where he studied for five years drums and percussion focusing his studies on Latin-Jazz and World music. In Rotterdam, he recorded and performed with local latin and jazz bands at Heineken Music Hall, De Dulen Theatre, Dizzy Jazz Café and many other places in Hague and Amsterdam.
Coming back to Cyprus in 2005, he taught for two years at a private Primary and High School as well as giving private drums and percussion lessons. Since 2007 until today, he is teaching drums and percussion at the European University as well as at the University of Nicosia. As a distinguished musician he was given the golden opportunity to perform, cooperate and accompany, both as a drummer and as a percussion player, with other famous singers from abroad such us George Dalaras, Marios Fragkulis, Kostas Makedonas, Pantelis Thalassinos, Vasilis Lekas, Demetris Mbasis, Manolis Lidakis, Mihalis Violaris, Kostas Hadjis, Vasilis Saleas, Viki Leandros, Debora Meyers, Nena Venetsanou, Glikeria, Miltiadis Pashalidis and Stefanos Korkollis. He also recorded and performed with several local bands and singers. Since 2005, he plays with Andreas Georgiou, a well-known Cypriot guitarist and composer of ethnic jazz music. Together they have performed all over Europe and recorded Andreas Georgiou 11th album.
In June 2009 after hard work and determination, he set up “Batukinio” the first percussion group in Cyprus. They performed for the first time at the grand opening of the Cyprus Small Countries Games and then in several events throughout Cyprus. Today the percussion group “Batukinio” consists of 35 percussion players of various ages.
In May 2011, he performed and recorded live in a tour in Cyprus with the famous flamenco guitarist Hernan Romero. At the same year, he also performed with the well-known band “Blues Wire"

Rodos Panayiotou was born in Limassol on July 1st, 1977. He brought up in a family with a musical background and his interest in drums and percussion was obvious since he was a toddler as he banged with his hands or small branch sticks on with anything that he could make a sound. Self-taught, he started to play drums at the early age of 8 on a small four piece jazz kit his father bought him. At the age of 10, he began performing for several years in his family group, which included his dad playing guitar, his brother on bouzouki and his sister on vocals. The family group played for local weddings, parties and season festivals all over the island. At that time, Rodos was the youngest drummer to perform live in Cyprus. At the age of 16, he was already performing alongside a variety of well-known singers from Greece and Cyprus (Nicos Xanthopoulos, Yiota Lydia, Stratos Kiprios, Spiros Zagoreos and Petros Anagnostakis). After graduating from high school and finishing his army services, he attended percussion and drums lessons and gained a diploma in 1999 from the Hellenic School of Music at which afterwards he was teaching drums for two years. The same year he was asked to join and perform with the New Dimensions, the most famous jazz band on the island at that time, as well as with other local latin, rock and jazz bands. He also performed at the Nicolas Economou Jazz Festival in Limassol. In 2000, Rodos left Cyprus and entered Rotterdam Conservatorium where he studied for five years drums and percussion focusing his studies on Latin-Jazz and World music. In Rotterdam, he recorded and performed with local latin and jazz bands at Heineken Music Hall, De Dulen Theatre, Dizzy Jazz Café and many other places in Hague and Amsterdam.

Rodos Panayiotou

Coming back to Cyprus in 2005, he taught for two years at a private Primary and High School as well as giving private drums and percussion lessons. Since 2007 until today, he is teaching drums and percussion at the European University as well as at the University of Nicosia. As a distinguished musician he was given the golden opportunity to perform, cooperate and accompany, both as a drummer and as a percussion player, with other famous singers from abroad such us George Dalaras, Marios Fragkulis, Kostas Makedonas, Pantelis Thalassinos, Vasilis Lekas, Demetris Mbasis, Manolis Lidakis, Mihalis Violaris, Kostas Hadjis, Vasilis Saleas, Viki Leandros, Debora Meyers, Nena Venetsanou, Glikeria, Miltiadis Pashalidis and Stefanos Korkollis. He also recorded and performed with several local bands and singers. Since 2005, he plays with Andreas Georgiou, a well-known Cypriot guitarist and composer of ethnic jazz music. Together they have performed all over Europe and recorded Andreas Georgiou 11th album.
In June 2009 after hard work and determination, he set up “Batukinio” the first percussion group in Cyprus. They performed for the first time at the grand opening of the Cyprus Small Countries Games and then in several events throughout Cyprus. Today the percussion group “Batukinio” consists of 35 percussion players of various ages.
In May 2011, he performed and recorded live in a tour in Cyprus with the famous flamenco guitarist Hernan Romero. At the same year, he also performed with the well-known band “Blues Wire"
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