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The Genius Jamtracks team

Antonis Tsikandilakis

Antonis is the co-creator of Genius Jamtracks and largely responsible for the UI/UX of the app. He is also the co-founder of PitchBop.
A multi-instrumentalist, he performs with the free jazz trio, Outward Bound, as well as with the FreeTheSopranoPlayer artist collective.
After a few years of being involved in music software development, he discovered that good code feels like beautiful music to him.

Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas

Maximos is the lead software engineer of Genius Jamtracks. He holds a PhD in AI and Music and spends his time in research, software development, lecturing in universities, and running. His desire to keep in shape with playing the guitar is hindered by his desperate efforts to maintain a healthy work-work balance.

Dimitris Neonakis

Dimitris is one of the creators of Genius Jamtracks, whose main focus has been the musical content of the app. He is also one of the guys that created PitchBop.
Primarily a guitar player, he has taken part in various live and recording projects, both as a sideman and as a leader. When he is not playing with other people he spends his time playing along to the beautiful apps he helped create.

Emma Collier

Emma Collier is a freelance journalist, poetess, and free-form jazz verbalist with a penchant for mint, evocation, tangible experiences, and a lifelong love of improvisation.

Dimitris Koutantos

Dimitris is Genius Jamtracks drummer’s teacher. The comping and polyrhythmic phrasing are based on ideas played by Dimitris during many hours of drum recordings.
He got his bachelor diploma in jazz music at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, after studying for 4 years with Eric Ineke, Stefan Kruger & Felix Schlarmann.
In this period he is doing his Master studies at the same institution focusing on contemporary improvisational styles and composition.

Yiannis Iliakis

Yiannis, being a free spirit himself is responsible for teaching the Genius Jamtracks drummer the vocabulary of free drumming.
He is a graduate of School of Fine Arts of Athens.
He is a founding member of the free jazz band Outward Bound.
He has participated in numerous projects and bands over the years, in a wide range of musical genres and influences, playing in Greece and abroad. He has an active presence on the improvised music scene of Athens and is a member of Free The Soprano Player Collective in Crete.
Since September 2011 is the drummer of the progressive rock band Ciccada.


  

The inspiration behind Genius Jamtracks

Every small town has its local heroes whose influence on the artists born and raised there is undeniable; whether they go on to spend the rest of their lives in that town, or end up famous enough to jet-set around the world, it’s often the impact of these initial mentors that remains the most profound.

For Antonis and Dimitris, the creators of Genius JamTracks in Heraklion, Greece, one of theirs is Zacharis; anyone fortunate enough to have heard him play finds themselves humbled. To call Zacharis a drummer would be an understatement: to them, he’s the grandmaster of polyrhythms and the inspiration behind the creation of Genius JamTracks. The app’s algorithm is designed as a way to give formal coherence to practicing polyrhythms so musicians finally have a tool to practice within the pursuit of becoming improvisers.
Genius JamTracks is a tribute to Zacharis, a way of sharing with all the musicians around the world who won’t have the chance to meet him, what his genius inspired them to learn.

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Zach Pinakoulakis

Zacharis thank you for being a friend, a mentor and an endless source of inspiration.

Antonis, Dimitris